911Day.org, a website enabling people to search by city for volunteer opportunities, hopes to facilitate 20 million acts of kindness and charity for the 20-year remembrance of 9/11.
September 11 is designated by Congress as the annual National Day of Service and Remembrance, and organizations across the country are hosting volunteer opportunities in all 50 states.
Here are some of the ways you can sign up to participate.
- AmeriCorps lists volunteer opportunities by ZIP if you enter #911 into their search tool. Programs seeking volunteers can also register.
- 911day.org is organizing volunteer projects and packing meals in 10 select cities. They also provide a search tool to find volunteer opportunities in communities across the country.
- Points of Light provides DIY tool kits and planners to volunteer at home, and their Engage platform lists both virtual and in-person volunteer events.
- Youth Service America has a searchable map showing volunteer opportunities, and they offer tool kits to help young people create events in their hometown.
Charities take donations to help those affected on 9/11
Charities have distributed funds over the last 20 years to help the families who lost loved ones and offer assistance for the rescue teams facing health issues. They have provided financial support, covered medical expenses and offered mentoring and scholarships for children.
“It’s been a gift to watch these kids grow up and become the future leaders of America,” Rhianna Roddy, the executive director of the Families of Freedom Scholarship Fund told CNN. “Over the years the number of eligible students grew because of the increasing numbers of cancers and exposure faced by the rescue workers. But we are committed to get them all through.”
The FealGood Foundation provides advocacy and support to 9/11 responders who are now dealing with catastrophic health issues.
The Families of Freedom Scholarship Fund distributes financial aid to children of 9/11 victims.
Tuesday’s Children supports youth and families impacted by 9/11, and the post-9/11 Military Families of the Fallen, who have suffered losses as a ripple effect of the 9/11 tragedy.
The Stephen Siller Tunnel to Towers Foundation sets up 5K runs nationwide to raise money for veterans and first responders who lost limbs in the line of duty.
The Leary Firefighters Foundation helps fire departments receive training and buy new equipment.
“I pray on this 20-year remembrance, that we all put aside our differences and ideologies and unite around those we lost that day,” John Feal, the founder of the FealGood foundation told CNN. “We are all stakeholders of 9/11, and we are all connected by it.”