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The September 11th National Day of Service and Remembrance is the culmination of efforts originally launched in 2002 by the 9/11 nonprofit MyGoodDeed with wide support by the 9/11 community and leading national service organizations. This effort first established the inspiring tradition of engaging in charitable service on 9/11 as an annual and forward-looking tribute to the 9/11 victims, survivors, and those who rose up in service in response to the attacks.

In 2009, Congress designated September 11th as a National Day of Service and Remembrance under bipartisan federal law, and charged the Corporation for National and Community Service with helping to support this effort across the country. For the anniversary, CNCS is working with MyGoodDeed and numerous other organizations to implement one of the largest days of charitable service in U.S. history.

Paying Tribute

On the anniversary of the September 11th attacks, Americans will unite in service in the same remarkable way that so many came together following the attacks.

As in years past, we anticipate service and remembrance activities in all 50 states, at which there will be opportunities for hundreds of thousands of volunteers to paint and refurbish homes, run food drives, spruce up schools, reclaim neighborhoods, and support and honor veterans, soldiers, military families, and first responders. To find opportunities to serve during this year’s September 11th Day of Service and Remembrance, you can look for projects using the project locator tool. Or, to organize a service project in your area, find toolkits and other resources here.

Many people were moved to act in the days following the attacks of 2001 and long after. CNCS gathered stories of people whose lives and paths were changed by 9/11, and who have dedicated themselves to service as a result.

September 11th National Day of Service and Remembrance
10th Anniversary Challenge Winners: Continuing the Work in 2012

On the 10th anniversary of the attacks, CNCS issued a challenge encouraging organizations to effectively engage individuals in service to their communities during the National Day of Service and Remembrance, and compete for grant awards.

CNCS awarded 13 grants -- ranging from $10,000 to $100,000 -- to organizations so they could expand their September 11th Day activities in future years. You can visit these organizations’ websites to find out more about what they are doing and how you can get involved with their September 11, 2012 activities.

National Service Agency Awards September 11th Day of Service and Remembrance Grants

The Corporation for National and Community Service awarded grants to seven organizations to engage Americans in service during the 2012 September 11th National Day of Service and Remembrance.

These grants focus in three areas: capacity building, disaster services and/or veterans and military families and support a range of service efforts including educating citizens on disaster preparedness, developing emergency plans, promoting fire safety, tutoring in schools, recruiting emergency responders, and building affordable housing for veterans and military families. Organizations applied for two-year grants ranging from $50,000 to $150,000 to implement September 11th projects in 2012 and 2013.

Stories from the National Service Blog

Inspired to Serve: Tina Kiehn
For Tina Kiehn, an AmeriCorps NCCC member in Aurora, IL, the morning of September 11, 2001, started out as a day like any other. She was at her service site, helping a class of first graders adjust to the new school year. With summer just behind them, Kiehn and her team expected a normal daily schedule: classes, recess, homework help.
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Weekly Address: Coming Together to Remember September 11th
President Obama marks the eleventh anniversary of the September 11th attacks by remembering the innocent lives lost, and honoring the first responders and men and women in uniform who have served and sacrificed to keep our country safe.
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From Our National Tragedy, a Path Forward in Service
Eleven years later and the tide has surely turned, at least in one very significant way. The anniversary of September 11th is no longer only a day known for a horrific tragedy on our national landscape. It is now also America’s largest day of charitable service and good deeds, in honor of my late brother and all those who perished that sunny September morning.
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Click here to read more September 11th stories.

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