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For Immediate Release:
September 05, 2012

Media Contact:
Edith Torres

Lauren Breckenridge


Volunteers Honor the Memory of September 11 with a Service Project at Tropical Park, Sept 8

Sponsored by Miami-Dade County District 10 Commissioner Senator Javier D. Souto, AARP, Service for Peace, Miami-Dade College’s Institute for Civic Engagement and Democracy, and Miami-Dade Parks, Recreation and Open Spaces Department

(Miami-Dade County, FL) -- 
Miami-Dade Parks along with Miami-Dade County District 10 Commissioner Sen. Javier D. Souto, AARP, Service For Peace, Miami-Dade College's Institute for Civic Engagement and Democracy, and Shell Lumber are spearheading a local volunteer project for September 11 National Day of Service and Remembrance, on Saturday, September 8, from 8:30 a.m. - 1 p.m., at Tropical Park, 7900 SW 40 Street in Miami. 

Volunteers from various organizations and schools will commemorate the victims and heroes of 9/11 through volunteer activities to include landscaping, refurbishing the horse stalls at the Equestrian Center, cleaning, building, and various other projects throughout Tropical Park. Thanks to generous donations from AARP, Shell Lumber and Miami-Dade Commissioner Javier D. Souto, volunteers will have the materials needed to complete project improvements.

Volunteers will gather at the football stadium to begin sign in at 8:30 a.m.  The day will kick off with speeches delivered to recognize the importance of remembering the fallen through community service.  And a special patriotic tribute will be presented by Boy Scout Troop 712. 

"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 Tropical, sponsored by organizations that are committed to their community and willing to work with our park system," she added.

To register for this service project, volunteers must go to the parks website. 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.

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 visit Miami-Dade Parks or call 3-1-1.

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 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.

About Shell Lumber
Shell Lumber & Hardware, located at 2733 S.W. 27th Avenue in Coconut Grove for the past 83 years, has provided thousands of loyal customers with unparalleled service and reliability.  Emphasizing fast, friendly, knowledgeable customer service to walk-in customers, as well as providing reliable timely service to contractors, builders and institutions. Shell Lumber has an extensive delivery fleet consisting of both flat bed and enclosed trucks equipped with piggy back forklifts so we do not tie up our customers' valuable time and equipment.

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 Miami Dade College's Institute for Civic Engagement and Democracy
The Institute for Civic Engagement and Democracy at Miami Dade College focuses on transforming learning, strengthening democracy, and contributing meaningfully to the common good by awakening and empowering students for lifelong civic engagement.


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