September 11 National Day of Service and Day of Remembrance

Day of Service (2)This year will mark twenty years since the September 11, 2001 terrorist attacks on our nation.

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 in Washington, DC and on the plane that went down in Shanksville, Pennsylvania by hosting a day of service on Saturday, September 11, 2021. US. flags will be lowered to half staff at all City facilities and a city-wide moment of silence will be observed 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 on September 11 when the City will sponsor four 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 Service Projects 

Toiletry Drive at Walmart in Bowie

Toiletries are needed to help families in need in the Bowie area. The City of Bowie will have volunteers at the Walmart in Bowie (3300 Crain Highway) from 10 a.m.- 2 p.m. on September 11 to collect these essential items. Please stop by and donate. 

Summer's End Children's Program

This event will be held at the City of Bowie Gymnasium (4100 Northview Drive), from 10 a.m.- 12 p.m. on September 11. It will include giveaways for kids, games, and the opportunity to write notes or create pictures to give to our veterans, first responders and seniors. Residents may drop off new/unused toiletry items or canned goods at the City of Bowie Gymnasium any time between now and September 11, 2021. Items will be donated to those in need.

Weed Warriors

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.

The Gabriel Network

Gabriel Network’s Maternity Homes offer rent-free community housing for pregnant women in need of a safe, stable place to live. The organization has a storage shed they need cleaned out and organized. This event will take place on September 11 from 9:30 a.m. - 12:30 p.m. For more information and to register, please contact Sophia Tyson at sophia.tyson@gabrielnetwork.org or call 301-264-3565.

Bowie United Methodist Church 

Bowie United Methodist Church will conduct a door-to-door wellness check on neighbors in Old Bowie from 11 a.m. - 1 p.m.  Volunteers will meet at the church (13009 6th St. Bowie) and disperse in teams. For more information and to register for this event, please contact Pastor Angela Kittrell at Emmanuelinfo@gmail.com or 804-313-7638.  

Sidewalk Overgrowth Removal – Levitt Community

Join the City of Bowie Code Enforcement team and assist with removing sidewalk overgrowth for seniors and disabled residents. Please contact Drew Meloy at ameloy@cityofbowie.org to register. 

Temple Solel (Sunday, September 12)

Temple Solel will host their annual High Holy Days Food Drive on Sunday, September 12 from 10:00 a.m. - 12:00 p.m. 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.

Future Service Projects 

Old Bowie Celebrates Festival

Festival organizers are seeking volunteers for the September 18, 2021 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.  

Prince George’s County Genealogy Library

The Prince George’s County Genealogical Society, founded in 1969, operates a comprehensive genealogical research center in Bowie. Volunteers are needed to help pack books for temporary storage. This service project will be held at a later date to be determined. Please contact Susan Proctor at sproctor@cityofbowie.org or 301-809-3089.

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.

Does your service project need volunteers?  

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