September 11th is National Day of Service and Remembrance, and now has become the nation’s largest day of charitable engagement.
Americans across the United States are called to volunteer in their local communities in tribute to the individuals lost and injured in the attacks, first responders, and those serving in our armed forces.
According to Together Tomorrow, an initiative of national service, youth, faith and education organizations to promote the ideals of unity, empathy and service among young people throughout the United States:
- More than 30 million people observed 9/11 each year by doing good deeds and engaging in other forms of charitable service, making September 11 the largest day of charitable activity in U.S. history.
- 50 percent of individuals who didn’t participate (nearly 30 million Americans) said they would likely participate in the future 9/11 Day if asked or invited to participate by organizations they know and trust, and are presented with something interesting and inspiring to do.
Together Tomorrow describes in their Official 9/11 Day Participation Guide “Ultimately, we want something positive to come from the sacrifices they made. Also, we want to forever remember and keep alive the spirit of unity that arose in the aftermath of the 9/11 attacks. We became one nation, bonded by our universal concern for the well-being of others, and our desire to help those in need. “
Join the Movement
Find a 9/11 Service Project
To find a service opportunity in your neighborhood, you can search the Corporation for National and Community Service Database or check out Volunteer Match, the largest network in the nonprofit world. Both platforms allow you to search for opportunities based on zip code and virtual volunteer projects. Youth Service America provides 25 Low or No Cost Project ideas.
Register a 9/11 Service Project
The Corporation for National and Community Service “encourages friends, neighbors, classrooms, churches, and other community organizations to plan their own service project, one that matches their interests, availability, and needs of their community.” If you would like to list your volunteering opportunity, register your project at All for Good.
9/11 Day of Service Guidebooks
If you are not able to participate in an event this year, 911day.org suggests starting your day off by taking a moments of silence. For those helping to transform 9/11 from a day of tragedy into a day of doing good, post your projects and photos online #911Day.
9/11 Day of Service America honors those who gave so much, remembers the remarkable spirit of unity that brought the nation together and is now transforming a day of terror into a powerful new legacy of positive social impact.