MyGoodDeed, a 9/11 non-profit organization, announced its plans Wednesday to organize the largest day of service in U.S. history on Sept. 11, 2011 in honor and commemoration of the 10th anniversary of the attacks, according to PR Newswire. The announcement was made during the National Conference on Volunteering and Service in New York.
MyGoodDeed spearheaded the effort to establish Sept. 11 as an annual National Day of Service and Remembrance, which was signed into law by President Obama in April 2009. The National September 11 Memorial & Museum is working with MyGoodDeed towards this day, along with numerous other non-profit organizations.
Approximately $1 million has already been raised, through private grants and federal support, to encourage the September 11 National Day of Service and Remembrance. It was also announced that a special website will be launched to help organizations sign up for the day of service. The goal is to enroll as many as 100,000 organizations before the 10th anniversary.
Volunteer service projects, open to the public, will be organized for September 10-11, 2010, in New York, Washington, D.C., Boston and Philadelphia. Regional affiliates hope to encourage and mobilize volunteers through organized service projects in remembrance of the 9/11 victims. Projects will occur in cities across the country and featured on HandsOnNetwork.org, and service opportunities will be posted on 911dayofservice.org.
The 9/11 Memorial will open at the World Trade Center site on Sept. 11, 2011, and the museum will open one year later, with service as an important element in its exhibits.
By Meghan Walsh, Communications Associate for the 9/11 Memorial