What Will You Do on 9/11? Volunteer Opportunities Around the Country

911 Tribute Movement This Sunday will mark the tenth anniversary of the World Trade Center attacks in New York City. Like all of the anniversaries that have come before, there will be anniversary specials and discussions on every media outlet out there. This year, however, MyGoodDeed has partnered with HandsOn Network to “organize the single largest day of charitable service in United States history.”

MyGoodDeed founders Jay Winuk and David Paine remember the outpouring of support, love and generosity that they and many others in need received immediately after the attacks and through this effort, they hope to unite anyone and everyone across the country around that same giving spirit.

Below are several volunteer opportunities where you can lend a hand this weekend. There are events and a need for volunteers all over the country, so wherever you live, you can still give your time and effort to a good cause. Also, if you do plan on getting out this weekend and giving back, or when you complete a service project, be sure to share your story on 911Day.org and join the 9/11 Tribute Movement.

New York
Volunteers are needed for the Hand in Hand Remembering 9/11 event where thousands of people will stand united along the Hudson River starting in Battery Park, joining hands in solidarity. Several shifts are available for energetic volunteers to help with check-in and traffic control.

There are many other volunteer opportunities on both September 10 and September 11 around the city. For information about each one and how to get involved visit the Hand in Hand 9/11 website.

The National 9/11 Flag has been touring the country for the past several years, being restored by people nation-wise. The flag will become part of the permanent collection of the National September 11 Memorial Museum at the World Trade Center. Through the New York Says Thank You Foundation you can sponsor a stitch of the flag with a donation of $5. With a donation of $10, you can both sponsor a stitch in addition to acknowledging a loved one in the military or someone special who serves your community as a first responder, educator, volunteer or everyday hero by adding their name to the National 9/11 Flag Honor Roll.

On September 10 from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. the Pace University Community and Volunteer Mobilization AmeriCorps program will host Chinatown C.A.R.E.S., a Community Resource Fair at the Broome Street Pit at Sara D. Roosevelt Park. Several small service projects will also be underway at nearby locations, including a cleanup of a local park and a care package drive for troops abroad.

Muslims For Life is holding blood drives nationwide at mosques and prayer centers across the country to the honor victims of 9/11. Donate blood and help them meet their goal of 10,000 units of blood collected in order to save 30,000 lives during the month of September.

New Jersey
Jersey Cares are facilitating over 35 different projects in which they are looking for 1,000 volunteers to participate in from today until September 12. Volunteer projects include preparing disaster readiness kits, serving hot food to those in need, helping plant a 9/11 memorial garden, painting murals and building patriotic picnic tables.

Washington, DC
Greater DC Cares is looking for 10,000 volunteers to give back to their communities from Friday to Sunday. Volunteer projects include crafting organic seed globes of flowers to be planted around town and helping to put together educational tools for elementary and middle school students that will be given to schools in Washington, DC, Maryland and Virginia. Get the full list of volunteer opportunities and learn how to get involved on their website.

7,000 students are also being encouraged to get involved by writing letters to troops and their families.

Big Sunday is hosting a food drive and potluck community breakfast. They are currently collecting non-perishable food at their office and will continue to do so until Sunday morning when all items will be sorted, boxed and delivered to SOVA.

There will also be a memorial service and interfaith prayer gathering for those in Los Angeles, as well as the opportunity for people to build museum fixtures and models honoring the U.S. military that will be featured in Tomorrow’s Aeronautical Museum.

September is the Season of Service for those living in the Bay Area. On September 11, 500 volunteers, veterans and first responders will gather at the Veterans War Memorial Building at the San Francisco Civic Center to remember, pay tribute and serve community nonprofits.

Seattle Works and volunteers will be making blankets to be donated to the Red Cross.

In Tacoma, Habitat for Humanity will be registering for a new volunteer orientation on September 10.

The White Sox have organized the largest volunteer opportunity in the state calling for about 500 volunteers to help transform McClellan Elementary School by painting murals, installing new structures and helping with other reconstruction tasks.

A volunteer opportunity for seniors ages 55 and up are being asked by Operation Support Our Troops Illinois to write letters of thanks to the military men and women currently serving our country.

Arab American Family Services are planting trees at Commissioners Park.

The Volunteer Center of North Texas with the Texas Rangers are hosting the third annual North Texas Volunteer Challenge as part of the National Day of Service and Remembrance. This is a four-hour service project that raises funds for more than 1,700 nonprofit organizations of various causes.

There are even more volunteer opportunities taking place in smaller states throughout the country. Check out the 9/11 Tribune Movement website for the full list.

Remember by doing.

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