CUMBERLAND — Gov. Larry Hogan  is encouraging all Maryland citizens and state employees to participate in a Day to Serve from Sept. 11- Oct. 10.

The Day to Serve initiative includes Maryland, Washington, Virginia and West Virginia.

Each area tracks the number of volunteers, hours served and pounds of food and supplies donated in a friendly competition.

In 2018, more than 25,000 Marylanders dedicated more than 70,000 hours for 270 volunteer activities for communities across the state.

“The Day to Serve initiative unites Marylanders in their volunteer efforts and recognizes the excellent community service that occurs year-round in our great state,” said Hogan.

“Our compassionate citizens make Maryland a leading state for volunteerism with their incredible dedication, and these selfless acts bring great pride to communities and our state.”

The Governor’s Office of Community Initiatives will kick off Day to Serve on Sept. 11 at Quiet Waters Park in Annapolis with volunteers cleaning up the park, organizing a 9/11 remembrance ceremony and hosting a 5K run to support Wreaths Across America with Cathy Powers.

Powers’ goal, in memory of her son, is to run 1,000 miles across 50 states and earn support for 7,777 wreaths — one for each day her son was alive. Maryland is her 42nd stop. 

Hogan has once again granted four hours of administrative leave for state employees to participate in a volunteer activity of their choice.

Several agencies plan to organize projects throughout the state to encourage employee participation.

“Governor Hogan’s continued support of volunteerism is essential for the success of Day to Serve,” said Steve McAdams, executive director of the Governor’s Office of Community Initiatives.

Volunteers are encouraged to post photos from their service activity with the hashtags “#MDDTS2019” and “#iServeMD” to Facebook and/or Twitter and tag @MarylandGOCI.

To learn more about Day to Serve, visit https://goci.maryland.gov/dts/.

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