#ShineALight for 9/11 Day in the DMV


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In observance of the 20th anniversary of 9/11, and the federally recognized September 11 National Day of Service & Remembrance (“9/11 Day”), we’re asking you and millions of others in the DMV and U.S. and around the world to #ShineALight for 9/11 Day by planning or performing simple acts of service, charity and kindness (“good deeds”) that promote unity and understanding, while honoring those killed and injured on 9/11 as well as the many rescue and recovery personnel and members of our military who bravely rose in service in response to the 9/11 attacks.

A person’s good deed pledge can be any expression of unity or compassion: A simple act of kindness, a helping hand to a friend, a commitment to volunteer, a contribution to a charity. A moment to reflect on what’s most important in life. People can even do a good deed for themselves, like quitting smoking. In other words, any good deed counts.

Here are a few good deeds that can be done virtually and safely:

  1. Donate clothing you’ve outgrown or no longer wear.
  2. Drop off cookies or food to a local police or fire station.
  3. Donate to a charity of your choice.
  4. Drop off canned food items to your local food bank or pantry.
  5. Send a hand-written letter or card to someone in the military or veteran
  6. Visit a homebound relative or friend.
  7. Call or text someone you care about and haven’t seen in a while.

You are invited to participate in the Washington, DC Meal Pack for 9/11 Day.

Our organization is collaborating with Mayor's Office on Volunteerism and Partnerships, AmeriCorps, Voices for National Service, and With Honor to organize a signature meal pack in Washington, DC in observance of the 20th anniversary of 9/11 and the federally-recognized September 11 National Day of Service and Remembrance.

On Saturday, September 11, 2021, more than 1,000 volunteers from throughout the Washington, DC community will help pack at least 200,000 healthy, non-perishable meals. To help address the growing food crisis, all the meals will be donated to and distributed by the Capital Area Food Bank to individuals and families who are food insecure.

Click Here for more event info

José Andrés and his World Central Kitchen are seeking volunteer. The WCK trains volunteers on the lines, and can use people with commercial cooking experience, 4×4 vehicles to help with food purchases and deliveries, and anyone willing to serve a fresh meal with a smile.

Click Here to learn more about volunteering

Join AmeriCorps on 9/11 Day— step forward to serve in a remarkable spirit of unity, honor, and compassion. 

Remember, even a small act of service is a giant act of patriotism. 

Use the AmeriCorps Volunteer Search, powered by VolunteerMatch, to find an opportunity near you through one of these organizations: AmeriCorps, Idealist, California Volunteers, MENTOR, Volunteer.gov (National Park Service), and VolunteerMatch. For volunteer opportunities specifically for September 11, enter #911 in the search box at the link here.

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