Westchester County Gears Up for 9/11: Serve + Remember Day of Service
(White Plains, NY) – In tribute to those whose lives were irrevocably changed by the events of September 11, 2001, Volunteer New York! and Westchester County Executive George Latimer, along with significant support from Major Sponsor Robison Oil, are proud to announce our community’s 13th annual “9/11: Serve + Remember” community-wide day of service. This event is set to occur from Friday, September 8th through Monday, September 11th.
Volunteering alongside our neighbors fosters a more equitable, opportunity-rich, and respectful community that promotes individual differences and advances racial equity. This year’s 9/11 Day volunteer opportunities will address various local needs, from food insecurity to park beautification, to a blood drive with New York Blood Center and more. Activities include writing letters to deployed military personnel, packing 50,000 meals for our local community, Hands on CPR Workshop with Ossining Volunteer Ambulance Corp, and several other projects hosted at the Westchester County Center on Monday.
Visit www.volunteernewyork.org/service or call 914-948-4452 for more information.
Latimer said: “Each year the anniversary of September 11, 2001 brings us together to remember the lives lost on that tragic day and the display of American service and heroism of the first responders who rushed in and continued to help save lives while working on the pile at ground zero. The County is proud to continue this partnership with Volunteer New York! that allows us to serve and remember as a community, strengthening our bonds of unity and resilience.”
Now, 22 years since that fateful day, a whole generation has grown up in the shadow of 9/11. Those of us who remember that day are fortified by the strength that all Americans showed in its aftermath. This strength includes the thousands of local volunteers who have contributed to 9/11: Serve + Remember over the last 13 years. We encourage local students and families, especially those born after 2001, to participate this 9/11 Day to foster a deeper connection to service and understanding of 9/11’s significance.
“The more time that passes, the more important it is that we pause to remember the spirit of unity and service that emerged following the tragic attacks of September 11. It’s a day of tribute to those we lost, and an opportunity to reignite our belief in community and in the power of people to do good,” said Volunteer New York! Executive Director, Jeanette Gisbert. “This year we have ensured that people of all ages and abilities will find meaningful ways to serve. What act of kindness will you do this 9/11 Day?”
TO TAKE ACTION:
Online registration is now open for individuals, groups, schools, and families at serveandremember.org. Several family-friendly volunteer opportunities are available. Advanced registration is mandatory to participate.
Projects will be hosted at various locations throughout our region from September 8th to September 11th, including several at the Westchester County Center on Monday.
This year’s 9/11: Serve + Remember event presented by Volunteer New York! and Westchester County is made possible with critical support from Major Sponsor: Robison Oil; Event Sponsor: Empire City Casino by MGM Resorts; Project Sponsors: Levitt-Fuirst Associates and Webster Bank.
2023 9/11: SERVE + REMEMBER EVENT SCHEDULE - DAY 3
www.serveandremember.org / www.volunteernewyork.org/service
MONDAY, SEPTEMBER 11
• COUNTY CENTER HUB:
• Create Blankets for Children in Hospitals
with Westchester-Putnam Project Linus Sponsored by
Levitt-Fuirst Associates • 12 PM – 1 PM / 4:30 PM – 6 PM
• Create Cards for the Troops
with United for the Troops • 12 PM – 1 PM / 2 PM - 3:30 PM
• Create Laundry Sachets with Hope Community Services
12 PM – 1 PM / 2 PM - 3:30 PM / 4:30 – 6 PM
Create The Feelings Book Literacy Kit with Westchester
Jewish Community Services Early Childhood Program
Sponsored by Webster Bank • 12 PM – 1 PM / 4:30 PM – 6 PM
• Donate Blood with the New York Blood Center
11AM – 5PM
• Learn Hands Only CPR with Ossining Volunteer Ambulance Corp
12 PM – 1 PM / 2 PM - 3 PM / 4 PM – 5 PM
About National 9/11 Day of Service:
9/11 Day was created in 2002 as a way to meaningfully honor the memories of those lost on September 11, 2001 and to inspire Americans and others to do good deeds in support of creating a better and more peaceful world. It’s also a day that is meant to help rekindle the extraordinary spirit of togetherness, volunteerism, and compassion that arose in the immediate aftermath of the 9/11 tragedy.
Since becoming a National Day of Service, 9/11 Day has grown into the United States’ largest day of charitable service. By volunteering on 9/11 Day each year, you help support their mission to transform the anniversary of September 11 into a worldwide day of good and a symbol of American resilience, while helping to keep the spirit of all who were lost alive in our hearts and minds. The positive legacy that we create together on 9/11 Day can be passed down for generations upon generations to come. Learn more about the #911DAY movement at 911day.org
About Volunteer New York!
Volunteer New York!’s mission is to mobilize our community to address its greatest challenges. We envision a community that is vibrant, resilient, and equitable and see volunteerism and civic engagement as important and powerful strategies to achieving this vision. Volunteer New York! is a one-stop resource devoted to increasing volunteerism in Westchester and our surrounding communities.
Last year, Volunteer New York! helped to inspire more than 37,000 volunteers to take action and to coordinate more than 388,000 hours of service that supported more than 300 nonprofits and local organizations, providing a value of $13.7 million back to our community.
The Corporate Champions who strongly support the mission of Volunteer New York! include: MasterCard, PepsiCo, Regeneron, The Journal News & LoHud.com, Con Edison, M&T Bank, Morgan Stanley, PKF O’Connor Davies, LLP, Retirement Transformed, Robison Oil Corporation, Webster Bank, Hudson Valley Credit Union, PCSB Bank, PCSB Community Foundation, WMCHealth, Acadia, Empire City Casino by MGM Resorts, MAG Real Estate Advisors, Inc., Meridian Risk Management, RAND, and TD Bank. With additional and ongoing support from Westchester County and AmeriCorps Seniors.