Family Service Ideas
Join thousands of people across the country honoring the memory of those fallen on September 11, 2001 with acts of service and generosity for others. Whether with your family, school, or community – check out these ideas for helping others and joining the movement:
1. Join the celebration in Washington, D.C.: Join AARP Foundation in a life-changing event on the National Mall in Washington, D.C.. The mission – to pack 1Million meals for struggling seniors in the D.C. and surrounding areas, including senior veterans and first responders. Make the difference, fight hunger, and join this special day of service and remembrance. Click to learn more and follow hashtags #911Day #AARPCares on twitter and facebook!
2. Say thank you to local civil servants: No matter where you are, honor the legacy of the firefighters and policemen and women who made the ultimate sacrifice by thanking the ones nearest you. Encourage your kids to write cards and letters of thanks to local civil servants, bake a sweet treat and hand deliver.
3. Connect with online resources: Find a volunteer opportunity near you or register your own service project on Serve.gov (click here), or find 9/11 participation guides for organizations and groups over on PointsofLight.org, click here.
4. Share your good deed on social media: 911Day.org makes it easy for folks everywhere to spread the word about helping others and showing kindness on this special day of service, both on twitter and facebook, click here. Find out what strategic partners have planned for volunteer programs with this site too.
5. Volunteer together: Find a cause or organization close to your family’s heart and coordinate a time to volunteer there on 9/11. Good service ideas for families include: volunteering at a local animal shelter, sorting and packing food boxes at the local food bank, helping decorate a women and children’s shelter in your town for fall, and running a mini-fundraiser, like a lemonade or hot cider stand, to raise and donate proceeds. More family service ideas in our free eBook, download it here.
More about the 1 Million Meal Campaign with AARP Foundation, click here.