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Remember 9/11 by Giving Back

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Sep 16, 2016
by Volunteer Center of Lubbock

 "The smallest act of kindness is worth more than the grandest intention."

-Oscar Wilde

Remembering September 11th

Congress designated September 11th as a National Day of Service and Remembrance in 2009 in order for communities and the general public nationwide to mark the day in reverence. Although we do not host any service projects on September 11th, we celebrate it through remembrance and respectful observation.  Many of our agency partners and volunteers are involved with September 11th projects and events throughout the city, some of which are posted on our website.  We encourage everyone to recognize this National Day of Service in any way that they can.


From the Heart

From the Heart is a service program that offers activities and volunteer opportunities for families.  During the fall and winter months, From the Heart programming takes place once a month on Saturdays.  Family Promise of Lubbock will be hosting this month's event on Saturday, September 24th, in which volunteers can write uplifting and heartfelt messages on placemats for families in need.  On Saturday, December 10th, the Charles Adams Studio Project will host a Christmas Card Make, Take, and Donate event using a letterpress, typewriter, and ink.

From the Heart teaches children about giving back to their community and allows families to spend time together for a good cause.  Sign up for projects here or find out about other family opportunities and events by contacting Paris Wright at (806)747-0551 or

National Days of Service

National Days of Service are days during which Americans come together to give back to their communities.  The Volunteer Center participates in National Days of Service by working with our partners and volunteers to complete projects that make an impact.  National Days of Service include National Make a Difference Day - Saturday, October 22; Family Volunteer Day - Saturday, November 19; and Martin Luther King Jr. Day - Monday, January 16.  We help organize a multitude of wonderful opportunities to benefit our community. You can sign-up on our website.  Please join the Volunteer Center and our Agency Partners in making National Days of Service a success!

20th Annual Cornucopia Luncheon

This year, the 20th Annual Cornucopia Luncheon will be held on Wednesday, November 2nd from 11:30AM-1:00PM at the Lubbock Country Club.  During the Luncheon, we will distribute the "Get Involved" Awards, honoring individuals, businesses, and groups for their role in outstanding volunteerism and community service.   We ask that you join us in celebrating the accomplishments of the award winners and all of those who have been exceptional volunteers.  To learn more about Cornucopia and view this year's winners, click here.

Ways to Make an Impact

League of Women Voters is a nonpartisan civic organization of women and men that fosters informed and active participation of citizens in government.  They work to increase understanding of major policy issues as well as influence public policy through education and advocacy.  To find out how to volunteer with the League of Women voters, contact Lucy K. Barrington at and (806) 744-0023.
Texas South Plains Honor Flight promotes public awareness and support for U.S. military service members, veterans, and their families by hosting and sponsoring an annual Texas Panhandle Honor Flight to Washington DC.  The flights allow veterans to visit the memorials specific to their service.  Texas South Plains Honor Flight covers all expenses including flights, lodging, and meals through contributions from local civic, religious, and educational groups as well as businesses, foundations, and private donors.  To volunteer with Texas Honor Flights, click here or contact JW Jolly at and (806) 990-3128.
Lubbock Area Amputee Support Group (LAASG) is an agency partner that strives to improve the lives of individuals with amputations, limb differences, and diseases which may lead to limb loss.  They work toward their mission by hosting monthly gatherings, recreation, an Annual Picnic, peer visits, and remain in contact with the Amputee Coalition and other support groups.  LAASG also encourages, educates, and empowers those they serve.  If you are interested in volunteering for LAASG, contact Jamie Savage and (806) 790-1836.

Other Opportunities this Month

September 9th
Project Name: Ulabs Grand Opening
Ulabs is opening up to the public and would love for you to learn about Ulabs! Ulabs is a community of creators, artists, and inventors that collaborate together and learn skills from each other. Opening day will include free workshops, demos of equipment, music, art, exhibition, blacksmithing, and 3D printing. This fun filled event will include several competitions and prizes. For more information, visit or their Facebook page.
Time: 8pm-11:59pm
Location: 3843 50th street Lubbock, TX 79413
Contact: 1-806-370-0408 

September 17th , September 24th, October 1st, and October 8th
Project Name: Boys and Girls Club Spook House
Be a part of this year's upcoming annual Halloween festivities in the Lubbock area by helping build and decorate the Boys and Girls Club Spook House. September 17th and September 24th will serve as workdays for sorting wood and setting up for the spook house, while October 1st and October 8th will focus on decorating the house to look as chilling as possible. You won't want to miss this haunting event!
Time: 9am-Noon
Location: The Wilson Club at 3221 59th Street Lubbock, TX 79413
Contact: 1-806-792-2880

September 27th
Project Name: Casa 101
This is an easy, no-obligation introduction to CASA and our mission to provide abused and neglected foster kids with volunteer Advocates who speak up for their well-being. Space is limited so RSVP today! Lunch will be provided.
Time: 12pm-1pm
Location: CASA of the South Plains 24 Briercroft Office Park Lubbock, TX 79412 
Contact: Amanda Norfleet 1-806-763-2272
To find out more about these and other opportunities, visit our Get Connected Volunteer Center website or contact Paris Wright at 806-747-0551;