In honor of the September 11th National Day of Service and Remembrance, we encourage friends, neighbors, classrooms, churches, and other community organizations to plan their own service project, one that matches their interests, availability, and the needs of their community. 

The Corporation for National and Community Service funds two 9/11 grantees who have tools and resources to help you plan September 11th Day of Service activities. Additional resources can be found at 911Day and Youth Service America. Youth Service America’s tools are specifically supportive of young people organizing and leading projects.

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Calling All Educators and Service Learning Facilitators: Lead a Discussion or Activity about 9/11

Lesson Plans


Self-Starter Service Ideas

  • Collect school supplies and deliver them to a local school (make sure to check what they need).
  • Sign up to serve meals to those at risk of hunger.
  • Work with a local food bank or pantry to collect food donations.
  • Sign up to be a mentor or tutor.
  • Beautify a local park or community space – fall is a good time to plant trees and spring blooming bulbs.
  • Arrange a visit to a senior citizen center and join in their activities.
  • Check with your local fire station and see if you can organize a fall clean up or serve them a meal.
  • Arrange a visit to a veterans’ center (if your community has one.) You can spend time with veterans or join an existing event. You can also check with the center to see if they need personal care items and launch a collection drive.
  • Join your neighbors to assess your community's disaster preparedness and take steps to better prepare. Find more information at

Remember to register your service project with us so we can help spread the word about your event and inspire others to serve.


September is also Back-to-School Month and National Preparedness Month. Use these ideas to spark your imagination for ways to continue volunteering after 9/11 Day – Help keep your community safe at home, in the classroom, and in the event of a disaster. 

You are the Help Until Help Arrives

Life-threatening emergencies can happen fast, and emergency responders aren’t always nearby. You may be able to save a life by taking simple actions. To learn more or organize a training for your community, check out these FEMA resources.

For more information about other tools to prepare for potential disasters, visit

Ready for Winter

You may have neighbors who could use assistance preparing their homes for the winter months. Or you may belong to an organization that knows of residents who could use some assistance getting ready for winter.  Here are some tips from the Department of Energy on saving energy in the fall and winter, and steps you can take to make sure you and your neighbors are ready for colder weather.

Accessible and Safe Homes

Does someone in your community need basic safety devices or a ramp to be able to navigate into their home? Consider joining with an organization that serves senior citizens to help install safety bars in bathrooms, build a wheelchair ramp, or make minor repairs that eliminate a safety hazard. (Visit this site to learn the basics of building a wheelchair ramp.) And, make sure that any project you do, meets or exceeds local building code requirements.

Fire Safety

Home fires increase during the winter months. The American Red Cross has toolkits and safety tips to help prevent home fires. You might also partner with your local fire department to install smoke alarms in neighborhoods with the highest incidence of home fires.


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