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Honor Through Service

A Celebration of Service

To mark the 14th anniversary of 9/11, AARP Foundation is working with supporters to host A Celebration of Service on the National Mall in Washington, DC on Friday, September 11, 2015. Our goal: to pack one million meals for struggling seniors, including veterans and first responders. On this day for helping others, join us as a reminder of what service can mean to those who need it most.

Volunteers Across the Nation

AARP isn’t the only organization remembering 9/11 through service. The international nonprofit movement 9/11 Day, led each year by MyGoodDeed, is an online destination where millions of people pledge to help others in various ways—from thanking firefighters for their service to raising money for charitable organizations. Each person’s pledge becomes part of an online quilt, a visual tribute to the memory of 9/11. What will you do this 9/11? Take the “I will” pledge to add your good deed to an online quilt alongside the pledges of other Americans. Cities and states alike are organizing activities to mark the National Day of Service and Remembrance, too.

Find Just the Right Activity

With so many good causes and organized activities, there are plenty of opportunities for you to choose from. If you need help looking for meaningful ways to serve on 9/11, Create the Good can help. It’s easy to search our database of local volunteer opportunities and browse through articles filled with useful tips and ideas. Or if you want to start your own project, you can download easy-to-use project guides to get organized. Need helping hands for your project? Recruit other local volunteers to help by posting your project in our database—it's easy and free! Let us do the searching for you! Register with Create the Good to build your Volunteer Profile. By telling us a little about your skills and interests, we'll find the opportunities in your area that match!

Make 9/11 Count

Still in search of good ideas? Check your local newspaper, community bulletin board or online forums for opportunities near you—like parades, commemorative events and service activities. You can also share your thanks with active military members, veterans and military families by sending emails through Joining Forces. For more ideas, check out our easy-to-use project guides to:

No matter what you choose to do on 9/11 Day, remember that we're here to help you make the most of it!

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