Volunteers in York County braved the heat to send a positive message on 9/11.
York Habitat held a special build day Wednesday to honor veterans past and present and to commemorate the anniversary of the September 11th attacks through volunteer service.
“When you think about the tragedy of 9/11, it’s goal was really to divide us. To see how the community really came together, to see how people were helping neighbors, and helping each other no matter what, they were all coming out talking to each other, they were bonding, there was this sense of community. To see that again today and rekindle that spirit is really what we we’re trying to do,” said Miles Fishel, Associate Director of York Habitat.
Jim Mummert volunteered Wednesday for his family. “I’m working with my brother, He was a 20 year career man in the Navy, My dad was in the Navy. So I’m doing that in memory of dad and in honor of my brother with his 20 year service in the Navy,” said Mummert.
Ted Sobocienski worked as a foreman Wednesday. “The EMS people, the fire people, all of those involved and of course the Pentagon, and everybody else. So it’s a day of remembrance. And it’s a day of doing something in remembrance of all of the people,” said Sobocienski. He volunteers on a weekly basis for Habitat for Humanity. He served in the military for 20 years. “It’s a service sense of duty. It’s what a lot of men and women went in the service for, because of a sense of duty. When we got out we still had a sense of duty. it’s something to give back to your country,” said Sobocienski.
The two homes volunteers worked on are part of an ongoing Habitat York project. The homes will go to two single mothers sometime near Thanksgiving.
From Habitat: September 11th was designated a national day of service by the 2009 Kennedy Service America Act. The Corporation for National and Community Service leads the annual event, working with MyGoodDeed and hundreds of nonprofit groups, faith-based organizations, and schools and businesses nationwide.