Today is the 19th anniversary of the September 11th terror attacks. In remembrance, the United States has declared September 11th to be “Patriot Day” and a “National Day of Service and Remembrance. On this day Americans across the country are called to volunteer in their local communities in tribute to the individuals lost and injured in the attacks, first responders, and the many who have risen in service to defend freedom.”
Throughout South Florida, people will be volunteering their time and talents to help those who need it, although many events which were slated to occur will not take place due to the pandemic.
The federal government has put together a list of “10 Ways to Safely Help Your Community During COVID-19,” which is available here: https://www.nationalservice.gov/serve.
The Corporation for National and Community Service is the U.S. federal agency that leads volunteering, service, and grant-making efforts across the country. The corporation was founded through the National and Community Service Act of 1990 and signed into law by President Bush.
The organization is already planning for next year’s day of remembrance, on the 20th anniversary of the attacks. Their goal is “100 Million Good Deeds,” which is expected to be “The largest day of service in our nation’s history.” You can view the webinar describing the planning for this event on YouTube.
Donating or volunteering is a great way to participate in our society, whether on 9/11 or any day of the year. Last year, the Corporation provided tens of millions of dollars and untold volunteer hours serving Floridians across more than 1500 Florida locations. You can learn more about the Corporation’s Florida efforts by visiting https://nationalservice.gov/impact-our-nation/state-profiles/fl.