Several Maine organizations have joined the Maine Commission for Community Service in the statewide “I Will” project to honor the victims, heroes, and all who rose in service following the events of Sept. 11.

United Ways of Greater Portland, Eastern Maine, Midcoast Maine, and York County will help, along with the Old Town JROTC, University of Maine Cooperative Extension, Goodwill of Northern New England, the Maine Seacoast Mission, and RSVP Health Reach. Also participating will be several Maine Conservation Corps members serving at Bradbury Mountain State Park, the Maine State Aquarium, Medomak Valley Land Trust, the Department of Marine Resources, and the Biological Monitoring Program.

These organizations are promoting the “I Will” campaign through their literature and electronic media, as well as forming teams to distribute “I Will” pledge cards at events and locations all across the state of Maine. The idea is to encourage Maine citizens to go to VolunteerMaine.org and join the national “I Will” movement by pledging their time in service.

“We already have some pledges” said project director Eileen Buzzello – an Americorps VISTA serving with the Maine Commission for Community Service. “People have pledged to make brownies and pizza for local firefighters, police, and first responders. One person will send care packages overseas to military members, and someone pledged to give blood. We are excited to see what the next few weeks bring so we can show the nation how Maine responds.”

For more information about the project, and to make a pledge, visit VolunteerMaine.org and click on the link to the “I Will” campaign, or call Eileen Buzzello at 624-6249.