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What NOT to do on 9/11

September 1, 2010

I’ve been asked by a number of people in the past week, “What are you doing for 9/11?”  To me and many of you that means, how am I going to serve others and use the day to remember the lives of the men and women who perished during the 9/11 tragedies?

I’ll tell you what I’m probably NOT going to do… play flag football. You see, last year I spent 9/11 with a group of fantastic teens and tweens at their temporary home in Maryland. They decided it would be a good day to get outside and they wanted to play football. Being the flexible volunteer that I was, I agreed and shared about as many laughs as bruises during the first 45 minutes or so of the game.

I had to wear this for 3 months 😦

Then came the fatefulplay… I was thrown the football, I jumped to retrieve it and I fell. Hard. I managed to tear 3 ligaments in my left ankle (the doctor said I must have come down and rolled it on the left and right side, nice huh?). In the end though, I wouldn’t have changed a moment of that day!

Bottom line is I won’t be playing football. But I will be serving. What will you be doing? Here are some inspirational service stories and great resources to help you help others.

Turning Tragedy into Something Positiveby Jay S. Winuk, Co-founder, Vice President, MyGoodDeed, 9/11 National Day of Service and Remembrance, President, Winuk Communications, Inc.

Find out more about the 9/11 National Day of Service and Remembrance – Official Website

Find a HandsOn project near you – HandsOn Network is the largest volunteer network in the nation and it includes a powerful network of more than 70,000 corporate, faith and nonprofit organizations that are answering the call to serve and creating meaningful change in their communities.

Connect with local AmeriCorps Alums – Many of our chapters organize service projects on 9/11. Find your local alums and get in touch to see what they’re up to!

How to Use Social Media to Remember 9/11 by Jessica Kirkwood Are you willing to be an online ambassador for volunteerism? Will you leverage your social networks to encourage your readers, followers and friends to memorialize the victims, survivors and heroes of the attacks of 9/11 through A National Day of Service and Remembrance?

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