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For Immediate Release:
August 12, 2011

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Edith Torres

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AARP and Service for Peace sponsor volunteer service project at Amelia Earhart Park for the September 11 National Day of Service and Remembrance


(Miami-Dade County, FL) -- 
Miami-Dade Park and Recreation Department is once again teaming up with AARP and Service For Peace for a community volunteer service project at a Miami-Dade County park for September 11 National Day of Service and Remembrance.  On Saturday, September 10, volunteers from various organizations and the community will spend the day painting, cleaning-up, and landscaping at Amelia Earhart Park, located at 401 East 65 Street in Hialeah. 

Beginning at 8 a.m., volunteers will paint the sports complex building, plant new landscaping around the park's entrance and office, and clean-up throughout the entire park including the Farm Village, playground, wooded areas, dog park, mountain bike trails, lake, and fields.

"During these tough economic times, partnerships such as these help us to better serve the community," said Allison Diego, Director of Business Development, Fundraising and Advocacy for Miami-Dade Park and Recreation Department.  "This is a perfect example of what can be accomplished through local service projects such as the one at Amelia Earhart, sponsored by organizations like AARP and Service For Peace that are committed to their community and willing to work with our park system," she added.

To register for this service project, volunteers must call 1-877-926-8300. Registration is required.   For more information on this or other opportunities, or businesses and organizations interested in sponsoring a volunteer service project, please call Angie Gomez, Volunteer Coordinator for Miami-Dade Parks at 305-961-2781 or via email at angieg@miamidade.gov.

About Miami-Dade Park and Recreation:
Nationally accredited, a three-time winner of the NRPA National Gold Medal Award and winner of the 2009 Florida Governor's Sterling Award for excellence in management and operations, Miami-Dade Parks is the third largest county park system in the United States, consisting of 263 parks and more than 12,848 acres of land.  It is one of the most unique park and recreation systems in the world.  Made up of more than just playgrounds and athletic fields, it also comprises out-of-school, sports-development, and summer-camp programs; programs for seniors and people with disabilities; educational nature centers and nature preserves; environmental restoration efforts; arts and culture programs and events; the renowned Zoo Miami and the Deering Estate at Cutler; the Crandon Tennis Center, home of the Sony Ericsson Open; golf courses; beaches; marinas; campgrounds; pools; and more.  For information about Miami-Dade Parks call 3-1-1 or visit www.miamidade.gov/parks.

About Service For Peace - Miami Office: 
Service For Peace - Miami Office is a nonprofit organization that engages Miami's diverse population in service-learning opportunities by connecting people to peace through service and creating Communities of Peace throughout our Greater Miami community.

About AARP
AARP is a nonprofit, nonpartisan membership organization that helps people 50+ have independence, choice and control in ways that are beneficial and affordable to them and society as a whole. AARP does not endorse candidates for public office or make contributions to either political campaigns or candidates. We produce AARP The Magazine, the definitive voice for 50+ Americans and the world's largest-circulation magazine with over 34.5 million readers; AARP Bulletin, the go-to news source for AARP's 40 million members and Americans 50+; AARP Segunda Juventud, the only bilingual U.S. publication dedicated exclusively to the 50+ Hispanic community; and our website, AARP.org. AARP Foundation is an affiliated charity that provides security, protection, and empowerment to older persons in need with support from thousands of volunteers, donors, and sponsors. We have staffed offices in all 50 states, the District of Columbia, Puerto Rico, and the U.S. Virgin Islands.


 

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