9/11 Day is the nation’s largest annual day of charitable engagement. In 2013, more than 47 million people from through the U.S. and in 150 countries observed September 11 by performing good deeds that help others.
The goal of 9/11 Day is to provide a positive way for all people to forever remember and pay tribute to the 9/11 victims, honor those that rose in service in response to the attacks, and remind people of the importance of working more closely together in peace to improve our world. Please feel free to read some of the recent media coverage about us, listed under News. Also visit and “like” our 9/11 Day Facebook page, and follow-us on Twitter.
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9/11 Day was originally created in 2002 by two friends, David Paine and Jay Winuk, who together wanted to create a way to annually honor all of the victims and heroes of 9/11, including Jay’s younger brother Glenn, who died in the attacks. At the time, Glenn was a partner at the national law firm Holland & Knight LLP in downtown New York City. For almost 20 years Glenn also was a volunteer firefighter and EMT, specially trained and certified in building collapse rescue operations, working out of the Jericho Volunteer Fire Department on Long Island. When the World Trade Center was attacked, Glenn helped to evacuate his law offices, then raced into the WTC’s South Tower to participate in the rescue efforts. Sadly Glenn died in the line of duty along with many others when the tower collapsed. His partial remains were found in March 2002, a borrowed first response medical kit by his side.
In 2004, David and Jay formed the nonprofit MyGoodDeed, which today is responsible for overseeing and organizing 9/11 Day each year in collaboration with many leading partners and the federal agency the Corporation for National and Community Service. MyGoodDeed’s Advisory Board includes leaders of many prominent organizations representing 9/11 families, first responders, volunteers, and other impacted by the 9/11 attacks in New York, Washington, D.C., Boston, and Shanksville, Pennsylvania.
In 2009, MyGoodDeed successfully helped to secure passage of bipartisan federal legislation, as well as a Presidential Proclamation, that officially established 9/11 a National Day of Service and Remembrance.
In 2011, for the 10-year anniversary of 9/11, MyGoodDeed partnered with HandsOn Network, the volunteer activation arm of the Points of Light Institute, to organize the single largest day of charitable service in United States history, with a record 33 million people participants. Since then, participation in 9/11 Day has grown every year.