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Acts of Kindness (A-OK) Detroit

Working Side by Side to Make a Difference

On Sunday, Sept. 11, 2011, in response to a call by President Barack Obama to make 9/11 an annual National Day of Service and Remembrance, hundreds of Detroit-area young people will come together to brighten the lives of others. The event will take place at Focus: HOPE, 1400 Oakman Blvd., Detroit MI 48238.

Acts of Kindness (A-OK) Detroit: Working Side by Side to Make a Difference is a partnership between ACCESS, the University of Michigan – Dearborn, WISDOM, the Interfaith Leadership Council, Focus: HOPE, The United Way of Southeast Michigan, J-Serve, Volunteer Centers of Michigan, City Year Detroit, the Council of Islamic Organizations of Michigan, the Jewish Community Relations Council, Arts & Scraps, and Detroit's Cities of Service "Believe in Detroit" Campaign.

An estimated 700 volunteers will be on hand for projects such as park beautification, vacant lot clean-up, food packaging, sorting art supplies for local schools, and writing thank you cards to U.S. troops serving abroad. As they work side by side, their energy and dedication will help transform 9/11 into a day of learning about each other's interests, families, and faith traditions. After the projects are completed, there will be a structured dialogue series designed to increase tolerance and understanding, with the goal of promoting a sense of unity, peace, community-building, and mutual understanding.

Register for the A-OK Service Day online here.

A breakdown of the day's Agenda

  • Noon. – Registration begins
    • Focus: HOPE
    • 1400 Oakman Blvd., Detroit MI 48238.
  • 1 p.m. – Kickoff rally begins
  • 1:30-4 p.m. – Projects
  • 4-5 p.m. – Eat/Dialogue


Thurs.-Sat., Sept. 8-10

  • StoryCorps Booth
    Arab American National Museum

Thursday, Sept. 8

  • 9:30-11 a.m.
    The New Legal Landscape
    Bernath Auditorium, Wayne State University Undergraduate Library, Detroit
  • 11 a.m.-noon
    Post-panel reception
    Community Room, Wayne State Undergraduate library
  • 7:30 p.m.
    Hip-hop artist Omar Offendum
    AANM Global Thursdays
    opening concert
    Arab American National Museum

Friday, Sept. 9

  • 8:30 a.m.
    Continental breakfast reception
  • 9-11 a.m.
    How 9/11 Shaped Our Lives
    1030 CASL Building

Saturday, Sept. 10

  • 9 a.m.-3 p.m.
    U.S. Rising: Main Conference
    Arab American National Museum, Dearborn

Sunday, Sept. 11

  • Arab American National Museum
    13624 Michigan Avenue
    Dearborn, Michigan 48126
    Noon-5 p.m.
    Special free-admission day
  • Noon-5 p.m.
    A-OK Volunteer Service Day
    Focus: HOPE, Detroit

Veterans Day 2011

  • Patriots & Peacemakers Exhibit
    Arab American National Museum

    13624 Michigan Avenue
    Dearborn, Michigan 48126