We serve because it matters.
Why do we serve? Every time we take part in a community effort, bettering our neighborhoods, schools parks, and other communal spaces, we demonstrate the answer to this question. We serve to ensure that we meet our own vision for the future.
This year, on the National Day of Service and Remembrance, the Sierra Club joined partners, members and supporters across the country in Serve Outdoors, a step toward that vision. Through over 100 events in 36 states plus the District of Columbia and Puerto Rico, we honored all who continue to serve our country everyday, both at home and abroad. In doing so, Sierra Club staff, volunteers and partners emphasized the importance of volunteerism that strengthens our communities and protects our environments.Serve Outdoors is a youth-led project, and youth were out in force on September 11th to show their commitment to service. For the generation that came of age after 9/11, 2001, service has become an important part of life. This spirit couldn't have been more evident on this important day. Across the nation, volunteers cleaned up beaches, worked in community gardens, created outdoor classrooms, performed trail maintenance, pulled weeds, organized bike-a-thons, and more.
In his call to service, President Obama said, “No force for change is more powerful than that of Americans who are making a difference in their communities.” The Sierra Club couldn't agree more. We are proud to have been part of projects that reached from sea to sea, and from beach to river to forest to urban garden. Collectively, these projects form a foundation for a powerful future. Through service, we will get there...together.
Check out the Serve Outdoors video!