Day to Serve is a unique annual initiative that transcends politics and religious differences. It unites people of all faiths, races, cultures, and backgrounds with the shared goal of helping those in need and improving the communities where we live.
Day to Serve began in 2012 as a collaboration between the governors of MD, VA, WV and the mayor of DC. They set aside political differences and worked together to feed the hungry and improve their communities. They invited all citizens, faith groups, businesses and community organizations to join the cause. They encouraged the creativity of individuals, families, groups and communities to meet the needs that they saw in their own backyards.
During the first year more than 14,000 volunteers carried out 750 community service projects. They collected and donated more than 600,000 pounds of food and planted hundreds of trees. Moreover, the stories of service inspired the region and created momentum for the next year.
In 2013, the governors and mayor increased their commitments, resulting in over 40,000 volunteers that included more than 12,000 youth. These volunteers completed 140,000 hours of service across 1,300 events throughout the region. Volunteers collected and donated over 950,000 lbs of food – roughly 800,000 meals – to food banks, food kitchens and pantries throughout the area. Volunteers also collected 12,000 bags of trash and planted 1,600 trees. Again, we heard incredible stories of people engaging in service that had not in the past, or engaging in service with a group whom they did not previously know.
While Day to Serve partners and volunteers clean up neighborhoods and collect food, more importantly, they build bridges in neighborhoods, among strangers, and between groups who had no previous association with each other. Day to Serve connects and mobilizes communities. Today, faith communities are the foundation of Day to Serve, but all people are welcome and encouraged to participate.
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We believe that as we work together, miracles will occur. Not only will empty cupboards be filled, but hope will be restored in many lives.
We need your help in 2014. Please click here to find out how you can contribute.