National Mall

National Mall

Tourism Cares Plans a Give Back to the Nation's Capital

July 15, 2009, 8:41 am

Tourism Cares, a non-profit organization dedicated to preserving natural, cultural and historic sites around the world, will host a volunteer clean-up project on September 11, 2009 at the National Mall and Memorial Parks in Washington, DC. The inaugural Tourism Cares for America Volunteer Day will bring not only the travel industry together to make a difference, but encourages all to participate in the effort to memorialize and beautify our capital city.

"By organizing the first-ever Tourism Cares for America Volunteer Day on a significant day in American history, we honor all those affected by the tragedy of September 11," said Bruce Beckham, executive director, Tourism Cares. "Through this project we can all come together to restore one of our nation's most visited sites, show the strength of our country and give back in a meaningful way."

Following the lead of President Obama, who signed the Edward M. Kennedy Serve America Act in April to expand the mission of national community service and recognize September 11 as a national day of service and remembrance, Tourism Cares hopes to encourage all to visit Washington, DC to perform a needed service at our nation's capital.

Volunteers will assist with much needed painting projects at the World War II Memorial, the Korean War Veterans Memorial, the Franklin D. Roosevelt Memorial and Lafayette Park between 10:00 a.m. and 3:00 p.m. These often visited historic sites are important to every American and the beautification of their surroundings is important work.

The National Park Service requires the minimum age for volunteers to be 16 and those who are under 18 years old have waivers signed by and be accompanied by a parent or legal guardian. Participation is limited and reservations must be made in advance. There is a $29 registration fee for students between the ages of 16 and 21, and a $49 registration fee for adults over 21 to cover lunch, water, tools and other supplies for the event. Registration and wavier forms are available on the Tourism Cares Web site, www.tourismcares.org.