The 9/11 Day of Service and Remembrance is just a few weeks away and now is the perfect time for your organization to begin planning your service project. The 9/11 Day of Service was originally launched in 2002 by 9/11 family members and support groups, who worked to establish the charitable service day as a forward-looking way to honor the sacrifice of those who were lost and who united in response to 9/11. In 2009, Congress designated September 11th as a National Day of Service and Remembrance and charged the Corporation for National and Community Service (CNCS) with supporting this effort across the country.
Engaging in service on and around 9/11 is an appropriate and respectful way to remember the lives of those lost, pay tribute to those who rose in service, and honor those who continue to serve our country today. Some projects you might consider could include making care packages for military members, writing thank you notes to first responders, creating a 9/11 mural at your school or organization, or collect school supplies for children affected by war. The possibilities are endless!
Need funds to support your project? Grants are available from the Corporation for National and Service and the Virginia Service Foundation:
- CNCS National Day of Service Grants (Deadline: June 19)
- Virginia Service Foundation Mini Grants (Opens July 1, Deadline: August 15)