AmeriCorps Launches 9/11 Day Search Tool for Nonprofit Service Opportunities
Tomorrow marks the 20th anniversary of the 9/11 attacks and provides an opportunity for nonprofits to join peer organizations in encouraging Americans to get involved in their causes by participating in the annual Sept. 11 National Day of Service and Remembrance, as created by nonprofit 9/11 Day.
A new search tool from the federal government will connect Americans to service opportunities with various nonprofits in their area — and virtually — to participate in this day of giving back. AmeriCorps, the federal agency for volunteerism and national service, has partnered with VolunteerMatch to lead Americans to patriotic acts of volunteer service. The day's goal is to unite the country and give tribute to those heroic first responders and the countless others who serve to defend the nation’s freedom at home and around the globe.
The tool will host volunteer opportunities, such as providing services for veterans and military families, delivering meals, refurbishing schools and community centers, collecting food and clothing, building homes, and becoming mentors to others around the country. All service events are compiled from AmeriCorps, VolunteerMatch, Idealist, California Volunteers, JustServe, MENTOR and Volunteer.gov all in one database now.
“The September 11th National Day of Service and Remembrance, which was spearheaded by the families of the 9/11 victims to honor their loved ones, allows us to turn a day of tragedy into a day of action,” Mal Coles, acting CEO of AmeriCorps, said. “Right now, in the midst of a pandemic, we need that spirit more than ever. If there was ever a time our country needed to show resilience and unity, it is now.”
AmeriCorps urges Americans to get involved on 9/11 Day by:
- Pledging to serve with a local nonprofit or organization they're passionate about throughout the year.
- Volunteering at a 9/11 Day service project in their area.
- Finding service opportunities using the newly launched volunteer search tool.
- Organizing their own service event using AmeriCorps resources.
Amanda L. Cole is the editor-in-chief of NonProfit PRO. She was formerly editor-in-chief of special projects for NonProfit PRO's sister publication, Promo Marketing. Contact her at email@example.com.