About 9/11 Day

  • Beginning in 2002, family members who lost loved ones in the 9/11 attacks lead the effort for an appropriate and fitting tribute to honor their loved ones and those who volunteered to serve our country in response to the tragedy.
  • In addition to tributes and commemorations, they sought to establish a national tradition that engaged our country in volunteer service that was forward looking and helped those in need, creating a legacy for their loved ones.
  • The leadership and efforts of these family members resulted in the legislative establishment of the September 11th National Day of Service and Remembrance in April of 2009. AmeriCorps was charged with supporting this effort across the county.
  • Each year, AmeriCorps works with 9/11Day.org, our grantees, and faith-based, local, and national organizations to expand volunteering that honors the sacrifice of the families affected by September 11, 2001.

Key messages

  • On September 11, and the days leading up to it, our country marks the anniversary of the 2001 terrorist attacks that rocked our country. As we reflect on that moment in our history, we will honor the victims, first responders, and citizens who stood up to serve our nation through military service with tributes, memorial services, and volunteer service.
  • Since September 11, 2001, millions of Americans have come together with a common purpose to honor 9/11 and commemorate the tragedy through volunteer service. Together, they represent a shared belief that by neighbor helping neighbor, we can make our country stronger and better for decades to come.
  • This year we encourage you to join this American tradition and help your community by participating in the September 11th National Day of Service and Remembrance.
  • Every community has needs, large and small. September 11th and the surrounding days are opportunities to demonstrate your patriotism and make a commitment to address them by volunteering in honor of 9/11 and throughout the year.
  • You can also create volunteer opportunities that represent personal causes. Lead a group to accomplish tasks that need a concentration of energy and people such as winterizing homes or join a volunteer opportunity led by one of the thousands of organizations across the country recognizing this national day of service and remembrance.
  • Find a volunteer opportunity near you or continue reading to get ideas to create your own project.

Self-starter project ideas

  • Collect school supplies and deliver them to a local school (make sure to discover what they need first. COVID may have changed what schools need.).
  • Sign up to serve or deliver meals to those at risk of hunger.
  • Work with a local food bank or pantry to collect or deliver donations.
  • Sign up to be a mentor or tutor (This can be done virtually).
  • Beautify a local park or community space – fall is a good time to plant trees and spring blooming bulbs.
  • Arrange a virtual visit to a senior citizen center or send cards to residents/clients of a senior center.
  • Check with your local fire station and see if you can organize a fall clean up or serve them a meal while observing local restrictions for COVID-19.
  • Arrange a virtual visit to a veterans’ center. You can also check with the center to see if they need personal care items and launch a collection drive.
  • Check out our 10 Ways to Safely Help Your Community COVID-19.
  • Join your neighbors for a virtual meeting to assess your community's disaster preparedness and take steps to support improvements. Find more information at Ready.gov.
  • Add a moment of silence to your project to honor 9/11 victims and their families.
  • 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.
  • 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

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

Lesson plans

9/11 Day Grant Terms and Conditions

Additional resources can be found at 911Day and Youth Service America.