Each year, on September 11, we mourn the 2,996 people who lost their lives in the terrorist attacks on the World Trade Center in New York City. We honor those who were injured, the people who risked their lives to save others, and all who demonstrated extraordinary compassion in the aftermath. And we work together to do good work that uplifts our communities and takes back this day.
One point of light in the darkness of that day is the 9/11 National Day of Service and Remembrance, a chance to turn the anniversary of 9/11 into a day of doing good. It is an annual call to action to unite communities. This day, now officially recognized under federal law, has become the largest day of service in the United States.
Previously, we provided some resources for getting involved in this year’s 9/11 National Day of Service and Remembrance, and now we’re focusing on volunteer opportunities that you can participate in. Plan your day of service now by considering these opportunities or visit Points of Light’s Engage platform to search our database of hundreds of thousands of in-person and virtual volunteer opportunities.
Support Community Unity in Los Angeles
Join L.A. Works to pay tribute to the thousands of heroes who rose in service during and after the attacks on September 11, 2001. This event will be held at the Frank Hotchkin Memorial Training Center and will feature several projects, including creating Disaster Preparedness Kits for the community and beautifying the center through maintenance and gardening. Find more information about the event.
Honor Heroic Firefighters Across Memphis
If you’re in the Greater Memphis Area, consider joining Volunteer Memphis on this year’s 9/11 Day of Service in celebrating, recognizing and honoring the nation’s Mid-South firefighters. The organization is hosting a commemorative rally, lunch and honor hour to shower appreciation and serve meals to over 800 firefighters. Learn more.
Help Provide School Supplies and Food Security in Tampa
If you’re located in the Tampa, Florida, area, join the Hillsborough Education Foundation in helping get critical supplies into the hands of economically disadvantaged school-aged youth. Teaching Tools for Hillsborough Schools is organizing a 9/11 Day of Service event where volunteers can help sort donations, re-package items, create literacy tools and more. Get the details.
United Way Suncoast is also hosting an event with one of its strategic community partners, Meals on Wheels, to pack and deliver food items to homebound clients across the Tampa Bay area. Check here for more information. Across the bay in St. Petersburg, United Way Suncoast is also offering an opportunity for volunteers to serve at the Campbell Park Food Pantry. Find out how you can join in.
Honor the Fallen at Houston National Cemetery
In tribute to those fallen and affected by 9/11, City of Houston Volunteer Initiatives Program and JustServe are brining volunteers together to honor the fallen through headstone cleaning and washing, tree mulching and spraying, painting, cleaning and sweeping, garbage pickup and more. Learn how you can help out. You can also volunteer for Harris County Cultural Arts Council’s Artist In Residence Remodel — find out how.