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September 11th National Day of Service and Remembrance

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 "Find volunteer opportunities" 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.

America's PrepareAthon!: CNCS Encourages Emergency Readiness

In September 2013, CNCS joined the Federal Emergency Management Agency to support America's PrepareAthon! to increase emergency preparedness and resilience through hazard-specific drills, group discussions, and other emergency exercises.

The PrepareAthon! will provide individuals, communities, and organizations with action-based guidance to practice the steps necessary to stay safe during a disaster or emergency. The campaign encourages Americans to learn about mitigation measures; and understand community plans, including alerts and warnings, evacuation, and sheltering. 

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.

September 11th National Day of Service and Remembrance 10th Anniversary Challenge Winners

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 11th activities.

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