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9/11 National Day of Service Initiative
2010 Key Messages
The 9/11 National Day of Service Is…
- A federally recognized national initiative backed by 9/11 the community, federal and state agencies and leading volunteer and charitable organizations that encourages individuals and employers everywhere to adopt and support charitable causes and perform other good deeds in observance of the anniversary of the 9/11 attacks each year.
- The goal is to create a permanent and positive legacy that rekindles the spirit of unity that existed immediately after 9/11, and that honors the 9/11 victims, heroes, and all those who rose in service in response to the terrorist attacks that changed our nation.
- The 9/11 Day of Service initiative is led by the 9/11 nonprofit MyGoodDeed.org, in partnership with The Corporation for National and Community Service, HandsOn Network, and the 9/11 Memorial. Many other leading national service organizations also participate actively in promoting the observance in collaboration with these principal organizations.
The 9/11 National Day of Service began…
- In 2002, when President George W. Bush proclaimed September 11 as Patriot Day, calling upon all Americans to annually reflect upon the events of 9/11 and remember those lost, highlighted the spirit of service by issuing a Call to Service and launching USA Freedom Corps, a national volunteer program.
- In 2003, MyGoodDeed.org and 22 9/11 support organizations (list available on the Web site) formally announced commenced a campaign to make September 11th an annually recognized day of service and remembrance.
- In 2004, the U.S. Congress unanimously passed the first Concurrent Resolution that expressed support for establishing 9/11 as a National Day of Service. U.S. Senator Charles Schumer (D-NY) and U.S. Representative Peter King (R-Long Island) joined in authoring and introduced the resolution.
- From 2004 through 2008, more than one million people from all 50 states and 165 nations visited the website set up by MyGoodDeed.org to promote 9/11 as a National Day of Service, with hundreds of thousands posting plans to observe 9/11 through service.
- In 2008, President George W. Bush amended the Patriot Day Proclamation to include “volunteering” as an appropriate expression of remembrance on 9/11.
- In March 2009, following more than seven years of effort by MyGoodDeed, the 9/11 community and national service organizations, the U.S. Congress passed landmark bi-partisan and bi-cameral national service legislation (Edward M. Kennedy ServeAmerica Act) that for the first time authorized the formal recognition of September 11 as a National Day of Service and Remembrance.
- President Barack Obama signed the Edward M. Kennedy Serve America Act in April 21, 2009, and subsequently further amended a Patriot Day Proclamation to officially designate September 11 as a National Day of Service and Remembrance; a historic milestone for the 9/11 families, and the nation at large.
- On September 11, 2009, an estimated five million Americans observed the day by engaging in voluntary charitable service and volunteerism.
- Today, MyGoodDeed.org and its national program partners are in the process of working to organize the single largest expression of charitable service in U.S. history, with the goal of encouraging as many as 10 million Americans to adopt and support causes, volunteer or perform good deeds in observance of the 10th anniversary of 9/11 on September 11, 2011.
9/11 Day of Service is… A catalyst for volunteerism.
- 9/11 is an extraordinarily powerful motivator for engagement. Independent research commissioned in 2010 by MyGoodDeed found that more than 60% of Americans today – and 84% of those between ages 21-35 -- are ready to commemorate 9/11 through acts of charitable service or volunteerism.
- Among those ready to participate, more than half described themselves as new to volunteering.
This year, the 9/11 National Day of Service Initiative will…
- The 9/11 National Day of Service Initiative is unique in its call that everyone pick their own personal cause to support, or good deed to perform.
- Unveil a first of its kind technology platform at 911dayofservice.org and mygooddeed.org that helps individuals easily identify and connect with charitable causes that may interest them, and explore a range of different ways they can support these charitable organizations. This “powered by MyGoodDeed” application was developed in collaboration with Guidestar, Network for Good, AllForGood, and HandsOn Network.
- Launch an official 9/11 National Day of Service education program, in partnership with Scholastic, for K-12 teachers and students. The goal is to provide teachers with constructive and comprehensive tools to teach students about the events of 9/11 and inspire tens of thousands of classrooms and families to adopt causes and perform good deeds in observance of 9/11 each year. More than 10,000 classrooms are expected to utilize these materials this year.
- The program includes more than 20 Lesson Plans on 9/11 as well as “Learn and Serve” toolkits to help schools organize age appropriate service projects.
- Distribute high impact television and radio Public Service Announcements featuring the voices of actors Denis Leary and Gary Sinise. These PSAs have been distributed to more than 3,000 radio and television stations nationwide.
- Facilitate and stage service projects in all 50 states and hundreds of communities, including major projects in New York, Boston, Washington, DC, and Philadelphia in partnership with the Corporation for National and Community Service, HandsOn, and the 9/11 community.