Today, I am remembering the sons and daughters of our Commonwealth and the thousands of others who were lost eight years ago in the tragedy of September 11th, 2001.
That day, forever etched in our collective memory, moved Americans to rally together in an unprecedented spirit of compassion and community. First-responders and volunteers played an important role to restore hope to our nation and families. With the signing of the Edward M. Kennedy Serve America Act in April, today we observe the first Patriot Day and National Day of Service and Remembrance. It is a chance to reflect on the importance of service to each other and on the ties that bring us together as Americans.
Personally, I am participating in a service activity organized by The Massachusetts 9/11 Fund, Inc., Massachusetts Military Heroes Fund and Homes for Our Troops. I am writing letters to our servicemen and women that will be included in care packages. Their service is inspiration to us all, and it is an especially poignant day to acknowledge their sacrifice and service.
Youth Homelessness – Jack Duffy-Protentis – November 2013 posted on Nov 13
I was in the 3rd grade when my parents told me that I was losing my eye sight. I remember feeling relieved that the reason I was struggling in school was because of this thing called Stargardt’s Disease; and not because I was not smart. …Continue Reading Youth Homelessness – Jack Duffy-Protentis – November 2013
Raycela Dasher – Bristol County -October 2013 posted on Nov 13
As I looked at the stack of papers laid before me, I took a deep breath and prepared to write. These papers were more than just another assignment or application. These papers were a chance of a lifetime. As I looked to the top of …Continue Reading Raycela Dasher – Bristol County -October 2013
Education and youth homelessness // Written by: Mary Kate Roffey of the GSYC posted on Oct 4
Education and youth homelessness are two of the Governor’s Statewide Youth Council’s initiatives. Throughout the month of August, the GSYC decided to hold ‘Back to School’ drives to collect school supplies for homeless youth. This project allowed the GSYC to make progress on both issues …Continue Reading Education and youth homelessness // Written by: Mary Kate Roffey of the GSYC