Capital Area United Way seeks community's help for 9/11 of service

Capital Area United Way seeks community's help for 9/11 of service
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POSTED: Saturday, September 7, 2013 - 11:00am

UPDATED: Saturday, September 7, 2013 - 11:04am

In observance of the 12th anniversary of the September 11th, 2001 terrorist attacks on our nation, the Capital Area United Way and BASF have teamed up to engage the local community to honor those in the Armed Forces and many of our local first responders and are encouraging the community to step up and show their support.

This year’s activities seek to honor the extraordinary sacrifices made by thousands of rescue and recovery workers, volunteers, and public safety personnel, as well as hundreds of thousands of brave individuals who have defended our nation as members of our armed forces here at home and overseas. The programs and projects planned provide an opportunity for the community to recall and rekindle the spirit of unity and compassion that existed immediately following the 9/11 attacks.

“BASF and United Way both believe in improving lives through mobilizing the caring power of our community,” said Tom Yura, BASF Senior Vice President and Geismar Site Manager. “By supporting Capital Area United Way’s 9/11 week of activities, we are paying tribute to the local volunteers, rescue workers, public safety personnel and members of our Armed Forces for the extraordinary sacrifices they make. We also hope that activities such as letter writing to our troops inspire our youth to be engaged and involved, ensuring the ‘caring power’ continues to grow in our community well into our future.”

Capital Area United Way and BASF have teamed up with local schools and civic organizations to present signed banners to first responding agencies within the local communities.

There are several opportunities for the public to get involved—by creating or donating to care packages, signing cards for service members in the Armed Forces or banners for local first responders. Individuals, families, church groups or civic organizations or school clubs can get engaged in honoring those serving our country, locally and afar.

9/11 Day of Service and Remembrance Activities:

Activity: Community Appreciation for Local First Responders
Community members can join United Way and BASF volunteers to write notes of appreciation to local first responders, drop off care package items and sign appreciation banners.
Dates/Times/ Friday, September 6, from 7:00 – 10:00 p.m. at Taco Boudreaux’s
Locations: 2628 S. Sherwood Forest Blvd., Baton Rouge
All proceeds from dining between 7:00 & 10:00 p.m. at Taco Boudreaux’s will benefit the CAUW 9/11 Day of Service and Remembrance program.
And again on Saturday, September 7
Whole Foods in Towne Center from 9:00 – 11:00 a.m.
Perkins Rowe from 10:00 a.m. – 2:00 p.m.

Activity: Packing Party and Troop Care Package Drop-Off Event
Community members will be able to drop off completed care packages and have opportunity to help assemble care packages with United Way and BASF volunteers.
Mayor-President Melvin “Kip” Holden will be on hand to stuff care packages.
Date: Wednesday, September 11 at Noon
Location: North Boulevard Town Square in downtown Baton Rouge.
To learn how to get involved with the 9/11 Day of Service and Remembrance activities, contact Capital Area United

Way at 225.383.2643 or email More information is available online at


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