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I Serve DC Newsletter. National Preparedness Month events in Washington, D.C.


I Serve DC Newsletter

September Newsletter


Emergency Preparedness Trainings

Mayor Gray Proclaims September 'National Preparedness Month' in the District

Mayor Vincent C. Gray has proclaimed September as National Preparedness Month (NPM) in the District of Columbia. NPM is an annual campaign to encourage Americans to take steps to prepare for emergencies in their homes, schools, organizations, businesses and communities. Serve DC will hold three events to recognize National Preparedness Month, and the District's Homeland Security and Emergency Management Agency (HSEMA) will hold ward-based emergency-preparedness training sessions.

"As the nation's capital, we must be prepared to respond to a number of natural and man-made threats, and National Preparedness Month is a way for us to emphasize emergency readiness across our city," said Mayor Gray. "Informed and engaged residents are a key to keeping our communities safer, stronger and better prepared to address threats of terrorism, crime and disasters."
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Make Your Lunch Hour Meaningful on 9/11: Join Serve DC & Partners for a 9/11 National Day of Service & Remembrance Event

On Tuesday, September 11th, make your lunch hour meaningful by joining Serve DC and HandsOn Greater DC Cares on Freedom Plaza for an afternoon of service dedicated to supporting veterans and first responders. The tribute event, which runs from 11:30am to 2:00pm, will commemorate the September 11th National Day of Service and Remembrance and National Preparedness Month with hands-on service projects, emergency preparedness demonstrations and trainings, a volunteer recruitment fair, and a brief speaking program featuring local and community leaders, a color guard and more.
  
The September 11th National Day of Service and Remembrance is a positive, forward-looking way for Americans to forever honor and remember the September 11, 2001 victims and survivors, as well as those who rose in service in the aftermath of the attacks. For more information, contact Carly Skidmore.
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Register Today for Serve DC's 2nd Annual Forum on Emergency Planning for Access & Functional Needs Populations

On Monday, September 24th, Serve DC hosts its 2nd annual Access & Functional Needs Emergency Preparedness Forum. This free event convenes access-and-functional-needs experts and advocates and emergency-management professionals for a discussion on how to ensure all District residents' needs are understood and accommodated in times of crisis.
   
Speakers and panelists include local and national experts from the access-and-functional-needs, disability, and emergency-management communities, including Marcy Roth, FEMA's Senior Advisor on Disability Issues, and Richard DevylderU.S. Department of Transportation's Senior Advisor for Accessible Transportation. Registration is free, and breakfast and lunch are included. Register online or contact Jason Williamson for more information.
Inclusive emergency planning isn't special - it's critical.


New Commander Ready Season Kicks Off September 14 at Winston Education Campus

Are you ready? On Friday, September 14th, Serve DC joins emergency-management and first-responder agencies, students, teachers and parents at Winston Education Campus in Ward 7 to kick off the 2012-13 season of Commander Ready, Serve DC's specialized program designed to educate and engage youth ages 5-13 in emergency preparedness. For more information, please contact Carly Skidmore.
Commander Ready


Need Volunteers? Register for Serve DC's September 11th Volunteer Outreach Fair

Does your organization need volunteers? Serve DC needs you! As part of its September 11th National Day of Service and Remembrance and National Preparedness Month commemorative events, Serve DC currently seeks community-based and volunteer service organizations, especially those that serve and advocate for veterans, to participate in the volunteer outreach fair on Tuesday, September 11 from 11:30am to 2:00pm on Freedom Plaza. Register online or contact Carly Skidmore via email or at (202) 724-2229 for further information.
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Calling All DC AmeriCorps Members! Serve DC is Now Accepting Applications for the DC AmeriCorps Leadership Council

Serve DC invites AmeriCorps members currently serving in the District of Columbia to join the DC AmeriCorps Leadership Council (DCALC) to promote citywide service and leadership. Council members will lead social, service, and professional development activities for DC members from October 2012 through June 2013. Applications are due to Serve DC by 6:00pm on September 14, 2012. For more information or to request an application, please contact Kristen Henry
AmeriCorps: Getting Things Done


Serve DC Now Recruiting a Fall Intern to Support its National Service Programs

Serve DC is recruiting for an intern to support the agency's National Service programs, including AmeriCorps State, Disability Inclusion, Program Development and Training, and general commission activities. Ideal candidates should be interested in grants administration, National Service, and volunteerism. The intern must be currently enrolled in an undergraduate or graduate program and available for approximately 12-15 hours per week.  This is an unpaid opportunity to begin in September for the fall semester with the ability to extend to the spring semester. Please contact Kristen Henry for further information and a position description. 
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Thank you, DCPS Volunteers



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Emergency Preparedness Opportunities

September 11

September 14

September 15

September 24

September24-28


Cause-Worthy Calendar:

September 3
Labor Day

September 9-15

September 11

September 14

September 14

September 15 to October 15

September 16-18
Rosh Hashanah

September 24

September 25-26
Yom Kippur

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