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KEYS members volunteer at Flight 93 memorial, DHS raises funds to help memorial completion

The DHS Knowledge to Empower Youth to Success (KEYS) Service Corps, an AmeriCorps program run out of the DHS Office of Community Services (OCS), honored and remembered the 10th anniversary of the events of Sept. 11, 2001 by volunteering at the Flight 93 National Memorial site and participating in service work in Braddock, Pa.

On Saturday, Sept. 10 approximately 23 KEYS Service Corps AmeriCorps members and six KEYS staff traveled to Somerset County, the site of the Flight 93 National Memorial, and spent the day volunteering at the site from 6 a.m. until 3 p.m. While at the memorial site, the AmeriCorps members helped direct visitors to parking and to the memorial site.

“Although it was a very long and tough day of service, it was also extremely meaningful and rewarding,” said Steve Hussar, KEYS Service Corps Training Coordinator. “We are very proud to have honored the victims and first responders from 9/11 with our service at the Flight 93 Memorial site.”

In addition to the day of service in Somerset, KEYS Service Corps staff and members will also utilize their regularly scheduled training and meeting time on Sept. 16 as an opportunity to participate in a day of service in Braddock in honor of 9/11. KEYS AmeriCorps members will help with revitalizing a playground, gardening work in public spaces and hanging decorative chipboards in blighted areas of the community.

Although the staff and members of KEYS Service Corps don’t serve for recognition and praise, the National Park Service Rangers still decided to let KEYS Service Corps and its sister organization the Pennsylvania Mountain Service Corps know that the work both organizations do doesn’t go unappreciated.

“I can’t tell you enough how grateful we are to have AmeriCorps serving along side of us at the Flight 93 Memorial site,” said the National Park Service Rangers. “You [AmeriCorps] get it done. No drama. You just get it done.”

Helen Wachter, KEYS Service Corps AmeriCorps Program Director, noted that although the praise is welcomed, the motivation for their service for 9/11 comes from those that have sacrificed their lives for the United States.

“We were there at the Flight 93 Memorial to show our support for all of the heroes that have lost or put their lives on the line to keep us free and safe since 9/11 and for all Americans who stand together for freedom,” said Wachter. “They are the ones that deserve the ultimate praise.”

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DHS donations will help complete memorial
Staff throughout DHS honored the 10th anniversary of the tragic events of Sept. 11, 2001 by raising $558 to help complete the Flight 93 National Memorial outside of Shanksville, Pa.

Because the National Parks Foundation board of directors have pledged to match all contributions dollar-for-dollar up to $2 million, the Department’s efforts have actually resulted in $1,116 to be donated to the memorial.

Thank you to everyone who contributed.

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