Each year, Americans across the country observe the anniversary of the 9/11 terror attacks by giving back to their communities.
Spearheaded by the nonprofit 9/11 Day in 2002, the September 11th National Day of Service and Remembrance has become a way for Americans to honor the lives lost in the terror attacks while creating a better world for future generations.
In the aftermath of the attacks, stories of strength, courage and strangers banding together to help one another in a time of crisis were omnipresent across the city. New Yorkers can honor that memory by taking part in one (or more) of the 9/11 National Day of Service events listed below.
Love your neighbor: 9/11 Day of Service
Join members of the Muslim-Jewish Solidarity Committee at the Community Kitchen and Food Pantry of West Harlem for a day of prepping and serving food to those in need. The pantry serves up to 500 New Yorkers a day, including seniors.
When: Tuesday, Sept. 11, at 10 a.m.
Where: 252 W. 116th St., Manhattan
How to get involved: https://www.facebook.com/events/1026262950907929/
The Mission Continues: 9/11 service project in Brownsville
Military veterans and supporters of The Mission Continues will gather at Van Dyke Playground for a revitalization project. In addition to Wednesday's day of service event, the organization is looking for volunteers on Tuesday to help sort tools and lay down tape boundaries for the creation of handball courts.
When: Tuesday, Sept. 11, at 10 a.m. and Wednesday, Sept. 12, at 11 a.m.
Where: Corner of Dumont Avenue and Powell Street, Brooklyn
How to get involved: https://missioncontinues.org/event/details?id=a1l1W000006UOZZQA4
New York Blood Center hosting blood drives across city
During the week of Sept. 11, the New York Blood Center will host 95 donation drives in the greater New York area. Many of the events are being co-hosted by 9/11 first responders and families of the victims.
When: Tuesday, Sept. 11 through Friday, Sept. 14
Where: Various locations in the five boroughs, Long Island, Hudson Valley and New Jersey
9/11 Memorial and Museum visitor services volunteers
Volunteers connect with visitors to the museum, offering assistance, helping with directions and providing information on programming and exhibitions that are available.
Where: 180 Greenwich St., Manhattan
How to get involved: https://www.volunteermatch.org/results/opp_detail.jsp?oppid=893053
Mental health professionals needed to help military veterans
The Soldiers Project is looking for licensed and insured mental health professionals to volunteer at its NYC office, working with post-9/11 military veterans and their families. Volunteers will receive training specific to serving military veterans’ needs.
How to get involved: https://www.thesoldiersproject.org/clinical-volunteer/