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From Tragedy to Community: Join the 9/11 Day of Service and Remembrance

9-11-day-2011.jpgThis year marks the 10-year anniversary of the September 11, 2001, attacks that changed our nation forever. In the days and weeks that followed, our nation came together in an unprecedented spirit of community and commitment. MyGoodDeed, the respected 9/11 nonprofit that successfully advocated for making 9/11 a federally recognized Day of Service and Remembrance, and HandsOn Network, the volunteer activation division of Points of Light Institute, are leading an influential coalition of prominent organizations that are working together to plan and implement the 9/11 Day Observance. The coalition's primary goal for the upcoming 10-year anniversary of 9/11 is to organize the single largest day of charitable service in U.S. history.

Our nation's extraordinary response to the September 11 tragedy demonstrated that compassion for those in need is a very powerful and unifying force. We encourage you to plan a service project in your community to reignite that same feeling of service on the 10-year anniversary of the attacks.

9/11 Day provides a unique opportunity for your organization to benefit from the national spotlight and engage new volunteers and partners in your work. Whether you want to organize a small group or engage your entire community—we want to support you and your plans to serve.

We've got the resources to help you plan a service project from start to finish. Visit to find existing volunteer opportunities, donate to nonprofits, or simply share good deeds you and your organization intend to perform, and encourage others to do the same. Once you decide how your organization plans to participate in 9/11 Day, be sure to return to and pledge your "I will" plans. You can also access our marketing and communications tool kits for information on how to talk to the media about your project and checklists to keep you organized and on track to serve on 9/11 Day.

We encourage all nonprofits from across the country to register their 9/11 Day project plans so that they are added to our database, which will help you recruit more volunteers or gain awareness of your efforts. At this time, all nonprofit organizations that wish to post volunteer projects or needs for 9/11 this year can do so easily and directly at

A partnership with Scholastic is also providing nationwide education on this year's historic anniversary of the September 11 attacks. Teachers, mentors, and other educators can access lesson plans, videos, photos, and tool kits at either or at to help provide constructive lessons on the events of September 11, engage students in this important topic, and inspire them to participate in 9/11 Day.

Help us reach our 9/11 Day of Service and Remembrance goal of one million acts of service. By dedicating your time, talent, voice, and resources, you will help us commemorate the lives lost 10 years ago and recognize the power of service to solve our communities' most pressing issues.

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Topics: Nonprofit Programs