Every year on 9/11, thousands of Americans celebrate the National Day of Service and Remembrance – also known as 9/11 Day. Other national holidays have come to be largely defined by days off, sales and shopping, but on 9/11 the focus is on healing, community, and volunteering in honor of the many heroes who rose up in service after the attacks.
9/11 Day is a “movement built on people remembering through positive action.” Across the country, people honor the day by saying “I will:” planting community gardens, visiting veterans, painting schools, planning food drives, giving blood, mentoring or tutoring students, sending care packages to soldiers abroad, and volunteering in hundreds of other inspiring and creative ways.
This year, roll up your sleeves and join in to keep the tradition of national service alive. Here are six great opportunities to get you started. (If your city’s not listed, find local opportunities here.)
- New York City: Join DOROT on Sunday, September 9 as they make and deliver Rosh Hashanah care packages to DOROT seniors around New York and Westchester. Kids and adults alike are welcome! Register here.
- New York City: On Sunday, September 9, head to the JCC in Manhattan. Activities include sorting school supplies for needy kids, making pb&J sandwiches for a Midnight Run, helping clean up Riverside Park, and more. Register here.
- Westchester, NY Join the JCC of Mid-Westchester on Sunday, September 9 for their Day of Chesed, Service and Remembrance. Activities include: a fund-raising car wash, blanket making for hospitalized children, letter writing to overseas troops, sandwich-making for a local hunger organization, a blood drive and more. Register here.
- Detroit: On Sunday, September 9 teens are invited to join J-Serve Detroit in “transforming 9/11 from a day of mourning, to a day of hope.” Volunteer opps include preparing food packages for families and seniors, and assembling art kits to educate students across the city about food security. Register here.
- Los Angeles Join the Jewish Federation of Greater Los Angeles on Sunday, September 9 in one of four great service projects on their Community Service Day. Projects include a gleaning day of California orchards, attending a senior prom, setting up a school supplies “store” for kids in need, and volunteering at an at-risk center for girls. Register here.
- Various: The Mission Continues, in conjunction with several other organizations, is offering 9/11 service projects in the following cities: Chicago, Dallas, Los Angeles, Minneapolis, New York City, and Washington DC. The events vary widely (from gardening to letter writing), so click through to find out more about each specific activity.
Get inspired and check out this powerful video about “remembering through positive action” on 9/11 Day. Then find more 9/11 volunteering opportunities near you at the Serve.gov database and, plug into the 9/11 Day movement here.