9/11 Day Leaders Announce Plans for 2017 September 11 National Day of Service and Remembrance

01 Sep 2017

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9/11 Day Leaders Call For Unity in Observance of the 16th Anniversary of 9/11 Attacks

Nation’s Largest Day of Service: Major volunteer projects planned throughout the nation to promote religious and racial diversity, empathy and togetherness; tens of millions expected to participate, including to support the victims of Hurricane Harvey

In a show of unity, thousands of New Yorkers from diverse backgrounds will join together on September 11 at the Intrepid Sea, Air & Space Museum to pack 500,000+ meals for those in need in New York and communities hard-hit by Hurricane Harvey

Cast of Tony Award-winning musical COME FROM AWAY to perform for volunteers

New York, NY (September 1, 2017) – 9/11 Day leaders, who founded the federally-recognized September 11 National Day of Service and Remembrance, are calling upon all Americans to put aside their differences and observe the upcoming 16th anniversary of the September 11, 2001, attacks as a national day of unity and charitable service.

“On 9/11, and in its aftermath, we were reminded once again that America is at its best when we come together and focus on our common humanity, embracing and respecting our differences as we pursue solutions to our challenges,” said Jay S. Winuk, co-founder and executive vice president of the nonprofit 9/11 Day and who lost his brother, Glenn J. Winuk, an attorney and volunteer firefighter and EMT who died in the line of duty on 9/11. “For 9/11 this year, we hope all Americans will take that to heart, and pay tribute by joining together and spending the day performing good deeds."

Meals packed for food-challenged New Yorkers and Hurricane Harvey Victims

In New York, more than 2,500 volunteers, including Wounded Warriors, military veterans, members of eight different faith-based groups, employers and employees, various nonprofit organizations and other New Yorkers, will join together in a show of unity on 9/11, assembling more than 500,000 meals in observance of the September 11 National Day of Service and Remembrance (“9/11 Day”). These pre-packaged meals will be distributed by City Harvest and Food Bank of New York to individuals in need in the NYC area. Thousands of the packed meals will also be provided as emergency food supplies to assist the Hurricane Harvey relief efforts in Houston and surrounding areas.

Principal funding for 9/11 Day in 2017 is again being provided by Citi Foundation; American Express Company; and Corporation for National and Community Service.

During one of the meal-packing shifts cast members from the Tony Award-winning musical COME FROM AWAY, which plays at Broadway’s Gerald Schoenfeld Theatre, will perform “Prayer” from the show, the lyrics and spirit of which are directly relevant to the mission of 9/11 Day. COME FROM AWAY tells the extraordinary true story of the 7,000 airline passengers who were stranded in in Gander, Canada, in the immediate aftermath of the 9/11 attacks, and how the town welcomed them with generosity, compassion and friendship.

The NYC Meal Pack for 9/11 Day is being led by the 9/11 Day nonprofit, with U.S. Hunger, and is being co-hosted by NYC Service; New York Cares; National September 11 Memorial & Museum; Intrepid Sea, Air & Space Museum; UJA Federation of New York; Catholic Charities of New York; Islamic Relief USA; and the Wounded Warrior Project.

30 Million Americans Expected to Participate in 9/11 Day; Free Teaching Tools for Teachers

Research conducted bi-annually by Los Angeles-based Horizon Consumer Science, on behalf of 9/11 Day, reveals that 28 million Americans annually observe the September 11 National Day of Service and Remembrance (“9/11 Day”) by volunteering, supporting charities, and performing other good deeds. As such, 9/11 Day is the nation’s largest annual day of charitable engagement.

Americans from all 50 states are expected to participate in 9/11 Day this year. In Washington, DC, for example, more than 5,000 volunteers will be on the National Mall over two days, September 10 and 11, packing over one million meals at a 9/11 project organized by AARP. In other cities and towns across the country, including Boston, Phoenix, Austin, Texas, Philadelphia, Miami, Atlanta, Los Angeles, San Francisco and many other cities, Americans will pause to serve in remembrance of the events and victims of 9/11, with many helping to support the victims of Hurricane Harvey.

“The way people are joining together in response to Hurricane Harvey to help each other regardless of race, religion on other differences is yet another a reminder that, in the final analysis, we are all bonded by our common humanity,” said David Paine, president of 9/11 Day. “We hope that 9/11 Day will again provide inspiration to encourage all Americans to remember the importance of valuing and treating each other with respect and kindness every day of the year.”

A listing of volunteer opportunities, along with lesson plans, photos, videos, and other resources and toolkits for individuals, parents, teachers and organizations, are available free of charge at 911day.org. Teachers also can enter to win a free trip to visit the September 11 National Memorial & Museum in New York at 911day.org/NYCTrip.

Media and the public alike are encouraged to share the message of unity and service via social media.

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About 9/11 Day
The "9/11 Day" observance, created in 2002 and organized each year by the 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization MyGoodDeed (d.b.a. “9/11 Day”), has redefined how many Americans perceive and observe the anniversary of the September 11, 2001, attacks. Recognized officially under bi-partisan federal law in 2009, 9/11 Day has grown to become the nation's largest annual day of charitable engagement. For more information, visit 911day.org, or email info@911day.org. People can also follow 9/11 Day on Facebook (www.facebook.com/911day), Twitter (@911day) and Instagram (@911_day)

Besides, Citi Foundation, American Express and the Corporation for National & Community Service, other major funders include: Holland & Knight, LLP; JP Morgan Chase; Clarion Partners; Catholic Charities of New York; UJA Federation of New York; Islamic Relief USA; Intrepid Sea, Air and Space Museum Foundation; Global Brands Group; iHeart Media; National Association of Broadcasters; New York Stock Exchange; Keefe, Bruyette & Woods; and EventGrid.