About 9/11 Day

Our Mission

9/11 Day is the non-profit movement to observe September 11 every year as a day of charitable service and doing good deeds. We created this observance soon after 9/11 to provide a positive way 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. Today millions participate annually by taking time out on 9/11 to help others in need, in their own way. 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.

Click here to view the many leading nonprofit groups that have joined as strategic program partners this year.

More About Our History

9/11 Day was founded and is lead each year by MyGoodDeed, a 501(c)3 nonprofit, tax exempt organization. MyGoodDeed also lead the successful effort to secure the formal designation of September 11 as a National Day of Service and Remembrance, which was supported on a bipartisan basis by former President George W. Bush, formally authorized in 2009 under federal law approved by Congress, and established officially by President Barack Obama under Presidential Proclamation on September.  MyGoodDeed’s 9/11 Advisory Board include 20 leaders of 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 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 successfully co-lead efforts to organize the single largest day of charitable service in United States history. A record 33 million people engaged in charitable service in observance of 9/11. This year, we are working with many other organizations to continue to promote and build participation in the 9/11 Day Observance.

9/11 Day was originally created in 2002 by two friends, David Paine and Jay Winuk. David and Jay had worked together in New York City, long before the 9/11 attacks. Jay’s younger brother Glenn, a partner at the prominent national law firm Holland & Knight LLP, was one of the nearly 3,000 people killed on 9/11. 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. Glenn died in the line of duty along with many others when that building collapsed. His partial remains were found in March 2002, a borrowed first response medical kit by his side. In 2002 they formed the nonprofit group One Day’s Pay in honor of Glenn and all those who perished. The organization was later renamed MyGoodDeed.

In the years thereafter David and Jay were joined by more than 22 other leaders in the 9/11 community to help build support for the 9/11 Day Observance, including Alice Hoagland, mother of Flight 93 hero Mark Bingham, Cindy McGinty, a 9/11 widow and co-founder of the Massachussetts Military Heroes Fund, Edie Lutnick, director of the Cantor Fitzgerald Relief Fund, and Mary Fetchet, co-founder of Voices of September 11. Then, in 2009, with widespread support of the 9/11 community and strong bi-partisan backing, they were able to secure passage of federal legislation incorporated into the Edward M. Kennedy ServeAmerica Act, that formally recognized and lead to the official establishment of September 11 as a National Day of Service and Remembrance under federal law and Presidential Proclamation.