About 9/11 Day

 

Paine Winuk at Mets

About 9/11 Day

9/11 Day is the largest annual day of charitable engagement in the United States. Each year more than 40 million Americans, and many others in 150 countries observe September 11 by performing good deeds that help others. The goal of 9/11 Day is to keep alive the spirit of unity and compassion that arose in the immediate aftermath of the 9/11 attacks, providing a positive, helpful way for people to annually remember and pay tribute to the 9/11 victims, and honor those that rose in service in response to the attacks. We encourage everyone to observe 9/11 this year by putting aside their differences if any, joining together to help those most in need, and working more closely to make our world better and more peaceful. Please review 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.


Our Story

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 helped 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.