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Kiren Bansal

By Kiren Bansal

Volunteers Pledge Service in Remembrance of September 11th

08/09/11


The September 11 National Day of Service and Remembrance was formally established in 2009 under federal law as a constructive way to forever honor those who were lost in the tragedy, the sacrifices made by many others, and to remember the remarkable way people throughout the United States and in many other nations came together under a spirit of unity, compassion, and volunteer service in the immediate aftermath of the attacks.
 
This upcoming September 11, will mark the ten year anniversary.  United Way Worldwide will again join in support of the National Day of Service and Remembrance by promoting the day across our global network to encourage volunteer service. 
 
United Way Worldwide has been participating in many of the planning session for both national and local activities for the upcoming day.  On July 14 United Way Worldwide represented at an event hosted the Capitol to launch the September 11th National Day of Service and Remembrance. During the event, Republican and Democratic U.S. Congressional leaders came together to show bipartisan support for the effort. These leaders, accompanied by 9-11 families, rescue workers and other organizations (including United Way) were invited to ceremonially help stitch back together The National 9/11 Flag recovered from ground zero. More information on the event can be read in this article <http://www.webwire.com/ViewPressRel.asp?aId=141558> . 
 
There will be significant projects organized in New York, Washington, DC, Boston and San Francisco as part of the efforts of lead organizers My Good Deed and Hands On Network.  In addition, many United Ways across the country will be hosting activities on the day as an opportunity to encourage service as a way to honor and remember. The United Way of New York City and the Mental Health Association of New York City are working together to help those affected by 9-11 cope with the upcoming 10th anniversary of 9-11 through a new program called “9-11 Healing and Remembrance.” The program, being funded by the Department of Justice, Office for Victims of Crime, will provide mental health supports for those affected by 9-11 in the form of a crisis intervention hotline, travel assistance and “Family Support Centers” in New York City. <http://unitedwaynyc.org/?id=68&pg=061311>  
 
As we prepare for September 11, 2011 we wanted to share a number of ways individuals can get involved: 
·        Get Informed about September 11th National Day of Service and Remembrance here: www.serve.gov/sept11 <http://www.serve.gov/sept11> 
·        Consider taking the pledge to become a volunteer reader, tutor or mentor at liveunited.org/volunteer <http://www.liveunited.org/volunteer>  to help increase the academic success of young people in your community. 
·        Register your project or search for specific volunteer opportunities happening on 9-11 at serve.gov <http://www.serve.gov/sept11.asp> 
·        Declare what you will do in tribute on 9-11 by posting here <http://911day.org/> . 
·       Share your thoughts of honor and remembrance or how you are giving back by: 
Posting to United Ways Facebook page facebook.com/UnitedWay <http://www.facebook.com/UnitedWay>  
Follow United Way on Twitter @live_united <http://www.twitter.com/live_united>  or by Tweeting to #911day with #UnitedWay 
 
If you or someone you know are in need of support you can call 2-1-1 for help or by going to 211.org <http://www.211.org/> .   

The September 11 National Day of Service and Remembrance was formally established in 2009 under federal law as a constructive way to forever honor those who were lost in the tragedy, the sacrifices made by many others, and to remember the remarkable way people throughout the United States and in many other nations came together under a spirit of unity, compassion, and volunteer service in the immediate aftermath of the attacks.

This upcoming September 11, will mark the ten year anniversary.  United Way Worldwide will again join in support of the National Day of Service and Remembrance by promoting the day across our global network to encourage volunteer service. 

United Way Worldwide has been participating in many of the planning session for both national and local activities for the upcoming day.  On July 14 United Way Worldwide represented at an event hosted the Capitol to launch the September 11th National Day of Service and Remembrance. During the event, Republican and Democratic U.S. Congressional leaders came together to show bipartisan support for the effort. These leaders, accompanied by 9-11 families, rescue workers, United Way and other organizations, were invited to ceremonially help stitch back together The National 9/11 Flag recovered from ground zero. Read the Press Release

There will be significant projects organized in New York, Washington, DC, Boston and San Francisco as part of the efforts of lead organizers My Good Deed and Hands On Network.  In addition, many United Ways across the country will be hosting activities on the day as an opportunity to encourage service as a way to honor and remember. The United Way of New York City and the Mental Health Association of New York City are working together to help those affected by 9-11 cope with the upcoming 10th anniversary of 9-11 through a new program called 9-11 Healing and Remembrance. The program, being funded by the Department of Justice, Office for Victims of Crime, will provide mental health supports for those affected by 9-11 in the form of a crisis intervention hotline, travel assistance and “Family Support Centers” in New York City. 

Ways You Can Get Involved:

  • Get Informed about September 11th National Day of Service and Remembrance at serve.gov 
  • Consider taking the pledge to become a volunteer reader, tutor or mentor at liveunited.org/volunteer to help increase the academic success of young people in your community. 
  • Register your project or search for specific volunteer opportunities happening on 9-11 at serve.gov
  • Declare what you will do in tribute on 9-11 by posting to 911day.org 
  • Share your thoughts of honor and remembrance or how you are giving back: Post to United Ways Facebook Page; Follow United Way on Twitter; or by Tweeting to #911day with #UnitedWay 

If you or someone you know are in need of support you can call 2-1-1 for help or by going to 211.org.

 

 

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