9/11 Day of Service and Remembrance

September 11, 2014

Points of Light – in partnership with Operation Gratitude and George Washington University, and with support from the Corporation for National and Community Service – will pay tribute to the September 11, 2001 first responders. On Sept. 11, 2014, community leaders and volunteers will assemble 500 first responder care kits in remembrance of the first responders of September 11, 2001.

Highlights from September 11, 2013

To commemorate the 9/11 Day of Service and RemembrancePoints of Light supported thousands of individuals nationwide in service projects ranging from disaster preparedness to building MedEvac bags for wounded warriors returning home.

For the past four years, Points of Light has led volunteers across the country in reclaiming the legacy of 9/11 by serving communities and solving the challenges communities face. In 2013, Points of Light worked in partnership with MyGoodDeed and received sponsorships from Noble Vines, CSAA Insurance Group’s Community Safety Foundation, UPS and the Corporation for National and Community Service (CNCS).

The 9/11 National Day of Service and Remembrance was established by the Edward M. Kennedy Serve America Act in 2009 and furthers President Obama’s call to service, United We Serve. Points of Light is a recipient of a federal grant from CNCS, which provides resources for the following 9/11 activities hosted by other nonprofits that complement Points of Light’s ongoing preparedness program called Good and Ready. Points of Light selected the following organizations to recieve CNCS grants:

  • LOUISIANA: HandsOn New Orleans, the South Louisiana Red Cross, Evacuteer.org, and the New Orleans Fire Department educated residents of the Hollygrove neighborhood on emergency preparedness, city-assisted hurricane evacuation, and fire prevention. Volunteers assembled and distributed print material packets, training families on how to keep their loved ones safe during a disaster. The Fire Department installed free smoke detectors to homes that lack them. The following organizations received grants:
  • MISSOURI: United Way of Greater St. Louis, working with the Red Cross, coordinated hundreds of volunteers to go on campuses in the region and promoted the importance of emergency preparedness by having students download an emergency preparedness mobile app on smart phones and distributed a disaster preparedness kit.
  • NEW YORK: The Service Collaborative of Western New York, working with AmeriCorps, Erie County RSVP Volunteers, AmeriCorps Alums, Team Depot and community volunteers rehabilitated two resource buildings for veterans.
  • ILLINOIS: HandsOn Suburban Chicago engaged businesses and their employees in a mall to compile disaster preparedness kits and distributed these to families through elementary and middle schools.
  • OREGON: HandsOn Willamette partnered with government and nonprofit agencies around disaster preparedness for residents of the Salem area. Their Get Ready Salem event on September 7 brought 700 people together to gain practical information on preparing for emergencies and natural disasters.
  • VIRGINIA: HandsOn BlueRidge, working with Roanoke government and non-profit partners and Advance Auto Parts, trained Community Emergency Response Team volunteers give disaster preparedness demonstrations and disseminated information about personal disaster preparedness and disaster kits. CERT volunteers also provided this information during a two-day dental clinic that serves more than 1,000 patients.
  • PENNSYLVANIA: United Way of York County ran a county-wide food drive with disaster preparedness materials at drop-off locations and a month-long “Preparedness Challenge,” with a quiz and prizes featured at various events and online.
  • INDIANA: The Volunteer Center @ RSVP (Fort Wayne) coordinated a FEMA volunteer management training course, with topics including virtual volunteer reception center, managing on onsite volunteer reception center, supervising and placing volunteers, plus role-play activity and completion of FEMA certification exam.
  • ALABAMA: HandsOn River Region partnered with FEMA, Montgomery and Autauga County EMA and the Red Cross to offer disaster preparedness training for students in five elementary schools. Training focused on the type of natural or man-made disasters that are most common to the local community. HandsOn also partnered on 9/11 with local organizations at the new Friendship Mission Women's Shelter, where residents and the community received information regarding disease prevention, healthy lifestyles that promote well-being and resources on health and human services referrals.
  • NEW JERSEY: Jersey Cares hosted projects commemorating 9/11 and had volunteers working at sites affected by Hurricane Sandy.
  • VIRGINIA: Volunteer Action Center Prince William City held multi-day events that included disaster preparedness training at senior centers, door-to-door distribution of preparedness information, and disaster training for group home staff for people with functional needs.
  • FLORIDA: HandsOn Broward provided training on how to assist at a Volunteer Reception Center after a disaster strikes. (A VRC connects individuals/groups designated to help in locations in need of assistance.) At a simulated VRC, volunteers were trained in different positions as well as acted out roles in the simulation.

Also as part of the 9/11 Day of Service, ITT Exelis executives gathered at Arlington National Cemetery to pay their respects to those killed in the war on terrorism and then built MedEvac bags for wounded warriors arriving at Walter Reed and Ft. Belvoir. Working with Points of Light in Washington, D.C., Exelis staff also provided a job coaching workshop for transitioning officers and created job readiness packages for veterans in transition. 

And Youth Advisory Council members of generationOn, the youth division of Points of Light, managed projects that included donating blood and raising money for first responders. (Click here for a full list.)

2013 Toolkits

We've got the resources to help you plan a service project or community dialogue from start to finish. Access our 2013 9/11 Day logos, banners and toolkits to keep you organized and on track to serve on 9/11 Day.