National Service Agency Calls on Americans to Join in Tradition of Service on 9/11 Day

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: 
Sep 8, 2017

WASHINGTON, D.C. – AmeriCorps and Senior Corps are calling on Americans to unite with a common purpose to remember the events of September 11 and commemorate the tragedy through volunteer service. The nationwide effort, led by the Corporation for National and Community Service (CNCS), pays tribute to and commemorates the victims and heroes of that day.

In the days leading up to 9/11, the nation has witnessed the continued spirit of American patriotism in the generosity of neighbors helping neighbors in response to Hurricanes Harvey and Irma. This 9/11 Day, President Trump, elected officials and leaders, including former Navy SEAL Carl Higbie who shared his personal call to service, encourage citizens across the nation to demonstrate that same patriotic spirit following 9/11 through volunteer service.

Volunteers from all 50 states and the District of Columbia, are expected to join in service projects to deliver meals, repair homes of veterans and military families, refurbish schools and community centers, prepare care boxes for the military and first responders, collect food and clothing, sign up as mentors, read to children, and more. Many of these projects will be led by AmeriCorps and Seniors Corps members. A sample of these projects can be found here.

September 11th was designated a national day of service by Congress in 2009. CNCS partners with 911Day.org, the nonprofit that began the 9/11 Day observance, and hundreds of businesses, nonprofit groups, faith-based organizations, and schools nationwide to observe the day as a national day of unity. Other key 2017 partners include American Legion Auxiliary, My Good Dead, Points of Light, and Youth Service America.

To find volunteer opportunities year round, go to NationalService.gov.

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