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9/11 Day: Frequently Asked Questions About Service Projects Answered

The September 11th National Day of Service and Remembrance is less than one month away! Many communities and organizations around the nation are in the final stages of coordinating remembrance ceremonies and service activities to observe and reflect on the day.

Here we provide answers to some of the frequently asked questions about the 9/11 Day of Service and Remembrance service projects and activities:

How-To Tuesday: Plan Your 9/11 Service Project

As the September 11th National Day of Service and Remembrance draws closer, you may be making plans to join in with a service project of your own but then realize that you have no idea where to start. We can help you with that.

The Corporation for National and Community Service (CNCS) has a variety of resources to support you while creating an event for September 11th (or any other time, for that matter).

Los Angeles: Tackling Tough Problems Through National Service

At the Corporation for National and Community Service, we hear and learn about amazing things happening through national service every day. But the best way to experience the power of national service isn't in our headquarters in Washington, DC.

It's on the ground at one of the more than 70,000 sites across the country where AmeriCorps and Senior Corps members serve. It's up close and personal with the people whose lives are being changed, and in the communities growing stronger through national service.

'I Will': What Will You Do in Honor of September 11th?

Originally presented in 2002 by 9/11 families and support networks, the September 11th National Day of Service and Remembrance honors the victims, survivors, and families of 9/11 through service-oriented programs. The 9/11 Day of Service has come to symbolize the culmination of our nation's enduring unity, engaging millions of volunteers and communities each year.

Vote in the AmeriCorps Photo and Video Contest

Some of our most creative AmeriCorps members and alumni took our challenge and submitted more than 300 entries for our 2012 AmeriCorps Photo and Video Contest. If you haven't checked out the submissions and cast your votes, well, now's the time!

The theme of this year's contest is "AmeriCorps Works" and contestants were asked to integrate this idea into their entries to help tell the AmeriCorps story and highlight the program's impact.

Why Serve on 9/11?

As we look ahead to this year’s September 11th National Day of Service and Remembrance, let’s step back and consider why service is such an important part of this day.

Over seven years, 9/11 families and support groups worked to establish the day as a way to honor the victims and heroes of 9/11 and rekindle the spirit of unity and compassion that followed the attacks.

Olympic Athletes Who Give Back

The 2012 Summer Games are in full swing, and while our U.S. athletes are competing in London with dreams of bringing home the gold, a lot of them are more than willing to use their fame to help others back at home.

Here's how some Olympians, past and present, continue to inspire us when the games are done.

Food Insecurity Hits Kids Hard

It seems improbable in a country where 90 million of its citizens are battling obesity that 49 million are also having food security issues, however, that's the reality in the United States today. And more than 16 million of our most-vulnerable residents -- America's children --are paying the price.

Interfaith Challenge Harnesses Collegiate Energy

The opportunity for a diverse group of college kids to join together and work toward a single purpose is something that should not be taken for granted. Imagine a world in which this generation -- from both religious and nonreligious backgrounds -- comes together to serve their communities.

Five Paths Out of the Food Desert

Americans produce more food, eat more of it (check out our obesity rates), and waste more by sending it to landfills. Finding healthy, affordable food should not be a problem in the United States. But it is.

Fresh fruits and vegetables can be difficult to find in America's food deserts.

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