9/11 Day of Service and Remembrance

September 11, 2015

This year on the 9/11 Day of Service and Remembrance, we will be joining veterans with children for a unique storytelling project that honors veterans and military families. If you're in the Washington, D.C., area, please join us in service. Sign up here.

biden_on_assembly_line_blog.jpgVice President Joe Biden joins volunteers at George Washington University to assemble hygiene kits.

If you live elsewhere in the United States, check out 9/11 volunteer opportunities at AllforGood.org by searching "9/11." For more information about the 9/11 Day of Service, please visit www.911day.org.

During last year's day of service, Points of Light – in partnership with Operation Gratitude and George Washington University, and with support from the Corporation for National and Community Service paid tribute to the Sept. 11, 2001 first responders.

As volunteers gathered at the university, in Washington, D.C., Vice President Joe Biden stopped by to thank them, encourage them and join them in honoring first responders.

“What you’re doing matters to them,” he told the volunteers. “The recognition matters.”

The vice president then circled through an assembly line with volunteers from the university, AmeriCorps and various nonprofit organizations. They put together 500 hygiene kits – with toothpaste, nail clippers, shampoo, combs and more – for Operation Gratitude, which distributes care packages to veterans, first responders and the caregivers of wounded military members. There was also an opportunity to talk to first responders from local fire stations.

Points of Light – in partnership with Operation Gratitude and George Washington University, and with support from the Corporation for National and Community Service – organized the volunteer service project.

Wendy Spencer, CEO of the Corporation for National and Community Service, came to applaud the volunteers. She said to them that volunteering on 9/11 is a sincere way to “participate, honor and give back.”