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new website supporting 9/11 national day of service is launched

Today, officially launches, a new website supporting this year's 9/11 National Day of Service. The website incorporates a powerful and innovative tool that makes it easy for individuals to find and support charitable causes that match their interests and provides a range of actions for supporting their causes.  This “powered by MyGoodDeed” application was developed in collaboration with Guidestar, Network for Good, AllForGood, and HandsOn Network. 

As part of the new website, MyGoodDeed also unveiled their 9/11 National Day of Service education program, which includes more than 20 lesson plans on 9/11 as well as “Learn and Serve” toolkits to help schools organize age appropriate service projects.  The 9/11 Memorial contributed two sets of commemorative teaching resources that, along with supplemental materials from 4 Action Initiative, Tribute WTC Visitor Center, and Education Trust, provide constructive and comprehensive tools to teach students about the events of 9/11 and inspire classrooms and families to adopt causes and perform good deeds in observance of 9/11.  More than 10,000 classrooms are expected to utilize these materials this year.

In 2009, MyGoodDeed spearheaded the first 9/11 National Day of Service, which turned out more than 5 million people in all 50 states and 165 countries, including President Obama and First Lady Michelle Obama, to perform acts of service to commemorate 9/11.  This year they anticipate even more and, on September 11, 2011, hope to stage the largest single day of service and volunteering in the nation’s history in honor and commemoration of the 10th anniversary of the attacks with the goal of encouraging as many as 10 million Americans to adopt and support causes, volunteer or perform good deeds.  The 9/11 Day of Service initiative is led by the 9/11 nonprofit, in partnership with The Corporation for National and Community Service, HandsOn Network, and the 9/11 Memorial.

By Ryan Pawling, Coordinator of Partnershiops for the 9/11 Memorial