Eleven years ago today, our lives were forever changed. Even though we’ll always remember the September 11th tragedy no matter what, some people have chosen to give back to their communities on this day and they encourage others to do the same.
The founding members of the 9/11 Day Movement are prime examples of do-gooding!
Not ironically, the 9/11 Day Movement was started by a nonprofit organization called MyGoodDeed, which was started by two friends (David Paine and Jay Winuk) who lost a close friend and volunteer firefighter in the line of duty on September 11, 2001. Ever since then, Paine and Winuk have dedicated themselves to not only the official establishment of 9/11 as a National Day of Service and Remembrance, but also to recognize the date as an opportunity for charitable service and good deeds.
Thus, the 9/11 Day Movement was born — a movement that urges action and goodwill on this historic day. Take a minute to learn about their amazing mission:
Ready to do some good deeds? Here’s how to get started:
- You can pledge a good deed of your own by going to 9/11 Day’s Quilt page, an interactive patchwork of people’s good deeds, all beginning with the words: “I will.” This can be anything from an elaborate volunteer promise to a simple pledge to make someone smile. You can also join the 9/11 Day Movement by pledging with your Facebook account. This will designate you as a member of the community and allow you to spread the word via social media.
- To go one step beyond and donate time and/or resources to your community in a major way, visit the site’s Volunteer page. Find local volunteer opportunities by entering your zipcode.
- If you’re an educator, visit the site’s Tools and Resources page to download age-appropriate lesson plans for your classroom. You can also request an online toolkit for your organization, employer, or volunteer group.
- Follow the 9/11 Movement on Facebook and Twitter to stay informed about what other people are doing to make a difference. Don’t forget to use the hashtag #911Day when you tweet!
Remember, it’s never too early or too late to volunteer your time to help a cause you care about. There are always abundant do-gooding opportunities in your own community if you know how to find them. Don’t just sit there; go make a difference!
Have you ever participated in the 9/11 Day Movement? What’s your “I Will” pledge this year? How can you help others today?