September 11 National Day of Service and Day of Remembrance

Day of Service (2)The City of Bowie will honor the lives of the nearly 3,000 Americans killed in the coordinated attacks upon the World Trade Center in Lower Manhattan, the Pentagon, and on the plane that went down in Shanksville, Pennsylvania by hosting a day of service on Saturday, September 10 through Sunday, September 11, 2022. U.S. flags will be lowered to half staff at all City facilities and a city-wide moment of silence will be observed on Sunday at 8:46 a.m., which is when the first plane crashed into one of the Twin Towers.

Volunteerism plays such a crucial role in our community. We will continue that tradition by encouraging residents to volunteer in the community. The City will identify service projects that residents can participate in to honor the memory of the men, women and children who lost their lives on that sad day 20 years ago.  

September 11 Weekend Service Projects 

Weed Warriors (Saturday, September 10)

Partnering with City of Bowie Green Team, volunteers will stop the assault on our forests of the non-native, invasive, English Ivy vine by pulling the vine off trees. Volunteers for this project must be 14 years of age, and accompanied by a parent or guardian if under the age of 16. Volunteers should bring work gloves, a face mask, and wear long pants and long sleeves. For more information and to register for the event, contact Ashleigh Diaz at adiaz@cityofbowie.org, or 301-809-3044.  This event will be held on Saturday, September 10, 2022.

Storm Drain Marking (Saturday, September 10) - CANCELED

This family-friendly, accessible activity involves applying storm drain markers to storm drain inlets. These markers are four-inch round, stainless steel medallions that alert residents to the fact that rain and everything that enters that storm drain will be released into a stream. This water does not get treated for pollutants before flowing into the Patuxent River and the Chesapeake Bay. 

Volunteers will meet staff in a neighborhood and do a quick training. Volunteers will then get supplies (adhesive, medallions, wire brush, and gloves) and walk through the neighborhood applying these markers to every storm drain. Note: if rain falls 24 hours before the event, the event will be canceled.   

 If you would like to volunteer, please register with Tiffany Wright at 301-809-3043 or  twright@cityofbowie.org

Historic Properties Cleanup (Saturday, September 10) - CANCELED

The Historic Properties staff needs volunteers to assist with removing biological growth (i.e. moss) from the stone wall at Belair Mansion. Volunteers will be using a cleaning agent to remove the growth and need to be at least 18 years or older.  Staff will provide all volunteers with gloves and a scrub brush.  This activity is outside, volunteers should be able to stand and bend down for extended periods of time,  use a scrub brush and thoroughly scrub stone surface.

 If you would like to volunteer, please register with Susan Proctor  by September 3 at 301-809-3089 or sproctor@cityofbowie.org

More projects will be posted as they become available.  Please check back for updates.

Future Service Projects 

Old Bowie Festival

Festival organizers are seeking volunteers for the October 1, 2022 event in Old Bowie.  A variety of opportunities are available.  If you are interested in volunteering, please visit www.oldbowiecelebrates.us and click on "Get Involved" or email organizers at festivalsteeringcommittee@gmail.com.  

Neighbors Helping Neighbors

Neighbors Helping Neighbors is a program designed to match volunteers to senior and disabled residents in need of assistance with light house or yard work or grocery delivery. If you are interested in volunteering for this program, please visit the Neighbors Helping Neighbors webpage for more information and an application.

Temple Solel (Date TBD)

Temple Solel will host their annual High Holy Days Food Drive. Donations of canned or boxed food may be dropped off at Temple Solel (2901 Mitchellville Road). For more information and to register for this event, please contact Rabbi Steve Weisman at solelrabbi@gmail.com or 301-351-8978.

Does your service project need volunteers?  

If your organization is sponsoring a service project in Bowie on September 10 - 11 or in the coming months, and you need volunteers, please contact Lori Cunningham at lcunningham@cityofbowie.org or 301-832-7451.