Volunteers give back for 9/11 National Day of Service

Sep 11, 2013

Thousands of volunteers across the country are remembering September 11, 2001 with acts of service. More than 240 people in Buffalo are doing work at Delaware Park, the Little Portion Friary, and the Peter Young Housing Altamont Program for the 9/11 National Day of Service.

Volunteers working on 9/11 National Day of Service
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More than 80 of the volunteers painted, renovated bathrooms, cleaned, and helped build a handicap accessible entranceway at the Altamont Program buildings, located at 70 and 72 Sycamore Street in Buffalo.

Local Community Captain for Home Depot Jason Brotea says the retail chain donated roughly $1,500 for the projects at the Little Portion Friary and the Peter Young Housing Altamont Program. The Altamont Program provides places of shelter for veterans and homeless people.

Brotea says 9/11 is the perfect day to give back to the community.

The Peter Young Housing Altamont Program Building.
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“It was a day of tragedy for us as a country and it’s important that we turn it around and make it a day of celebration, make it a day of remembrance and make it a day to where not only are our veterans acknowledged, but thanked for their service to keep us free,” said Brotea.

Organizations involved locally in 9/11 National Day of Service include the Home Depot Foundation, and Team Depot, the Volunteer Center at The Service Collaborative of Western New York, The Amanda Hansen Foundation, Buffalo Olmsted Conservancy, Erie County Senior and Veterans Services, and AmeriCorps.