About 9/11 Day of Service & Remembrance

Now in its 15th year hosted by OneOC, this national service day honors the lives impacted by the events on September, 11, 2001, focused on “Remembrance through Service.” Throughout this month of compassion, OneOC sponsors county-wide service projects and toolkits that engage volunteers of all ages, as well as support our troops, veterans, and disaster preparedness, benefiting all of our American heroes. Since 2011, over 10,000 Orange County volunteers have participated in this national initiative in collaboration with OneOC.


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2016 Signature Projects

Wednesday, September 7th

Second Harvest Food Bank “Parade Packers” – Irvine 8:30am-11:30am

Safety Net (Hunger) – Second Harvest Food Bank is committed to finding innovative, sustainable ways to end hunger in Orange County.  Volunteers will assist in the distribution center sorting and packing fresh produce and or non-perishable items (min 14yrs old).


Project Linus “Blanketeers Battle”Santa Ana 10:00am-12:00pm  
Health & Wellness – Project Linus provides love, a sense of security, warmth and comfort to children who are seriously ill, traumatized, or otherwise in need through the gifts of new, handmade blankets and afghans, lovingly created by volunteer “blanketeers.” Volunteers will create no-sew blankets for children that are clients of local hospitals.


Thursday, September 8th

Inside the Outdoors “Pearson Park Patriots” – Anaheim  8:00am-11:00am

Environment – Inside the Outdoors programs empower students, teachers, parents and the community through hands-on educational experiences in the natural world to expand their knowledge, understanding and stewardship of the environment. Volunteers will assist with outdoor park beautification including mulching planters and shrub beds, painting wrought iron fencing around the perimeter of the park as well as adding wood fiber chips to the playground.


Working Wardrobes “Victory Garden” – Irvine  9:00am-12:00pm

Safety Net (Workforce Development & Veterans) – Working Wardrobes has changed the lives of more than 70,000 men, women, veterans, and young adults overcoming difficult challenges – alcohol and substance abuse, domestic violence, incarceration, homelessness, catastrophic illness, and traumatic financial lossVolunteers will paint a mural for the new Veterans Victory Garden as well as build, stain and decorate outdoor patio furniture.


SeniorServ “Serve Our Vets" – Countywide  11:00am-1:00pm

Safety Net (Seniors & Veterans) —  SeniorServ improves the quality of life for older adults, persons with disabilities and their families by creating a safety net of health, nutrition and supportive services designed to enhance their independence, well being and dignity.  Volunteers at various Senior Center locations  will not only  make “Thank You for your Service” cards and replace ongoing volunteers by serving lunches, picking up plates and cleaning tables, allowing time to socialize with the seniors they serve as well as honor the many veterans who are a part of their programs. (5 volunteers per location) 


OneOC “Emergency Volunteer Center” – Santa Ana 5:30pm-7:00pm  
Safety Net (Disaster) - Volunteers will participate in a mock environmental disaster focusing on spontaneous volunteers, not only gaining valuable preparedness education for “The Big One” but how volunteers can truly be part of the recovery solution!


Friday, September 9th

Orange County Rescue Mission “Heritage Hands” – Tustin 9:00am-11:00am

Safety Net (Homelessness & Veterans) – OCRM feeds, clothes, shelter, heal & empower the less fortunate.  Volunteers are also encouraged to donate Urgent Needs items.

1. Preppers (5-25 spots) - Volunteers will assist in prepping food items, the kitchen and dining room areas.

2. Packers (15-20 spots) - Volunteers will assemble canned food boxes and or hygiene kits.

3. Beautifiers (5-35 spots) - Volunteers will enhance the facility such as the clothing room and or children’s play area and landscaping.


OneOC “STEM Service-Learning Gardens” – Countywide 9:00am-11:00am
Education/Health & Wellness — The “OneOC STEM Service-Learning School Garden Project” provides an on-going opportunity for schools to meet CA Standards-based Life Science goals, while giving the students a chance to provide meaningful service to their community and produce will benefit families in need including clients from Second Harvest Food Bank. Volunteers at various Elementary School locations (10 volunteers per location) will refurbish vegetable garden areas by repairing and staining current raised beds and amend soil for Fall.


Patriotic Service Dog Foundation “Duty Dogs” – Orange 10:00am-12:00pm

Animals (Veterans) — PSDF provides training for service dogs focused on “Training Dogs for Today’s Families” including veterans with PTSD. Volunteers will help beautify the dog training facility, organizing, landscaping and the removal of invasive plants.  


Blind Children’s Learning Center “Patriotic Protectors” Santa Ana 1:00pm-3:00pm

Education/Health & Wellness – BCLC is to prepare children with visual impairments for a life of independence through early intervention, education, and family support.

1. Painters (10-15 spots) - Volunteers will provide visual improvements through crisp bright colors that help orient low vision areas.

2. Preppers (10-15 spots) - Volunteers will enhance tactile clues around the campus and increase accessibility.

3. Developers (10-30 spots) - Volunteers will assemble tactile books that provide fine motor development for all ages.  


American Family Housing “Disaster Kits”– Midway City 5:00pm-7:00pm

Safety Net (Disaster & Homelessness ) - AFH provides a continuum of housing and an array of services to support homeless and low income families and adults to secure a stable home, to be an active part of their community, and to achieve a self-sustaining way of life. Volunteers will assemble disaster kits for homeless adults, families and veteran clients.


Saturday, September 10th

Patriots and Paws “Heroes Event” – Orange 6:30am-3:30pm

Safety Net (Veterans) – P&P helps Veterans, active Military and their immediate families with free home furnishings, and unite them with a rescued animal. Volunteers will help with Heroes event – including a Pancake Breakfast, Open House, Raffle Fundraiser and BBQ (shift times are flexible).  Volunteers are encouraged to donate tickets to a veteran to eat for free…Click here to learn more!

· Shift #1 6:30am-9:30am (6 spots)

· Shift #2 9:30am-12:30pm (8 spots)

· Shift #3 12:30pm-3:30pm (6 spots)


Earthroots “Fire Protectors” – Silverado 9:00am-12:00pm

Environment/Education (Disaster)— ER is an environmental education  organization dedicated to cultivating a sense of care and connection between people and the natural world. Volunteers will work with Earthroots staff on their outdoor educational acreage assisting with fire protection and habitat restoration efforts at a wilderness site (bus transportation to and from location is included).


Think Together “Book Democracy Doctor” - Santa Ana  10:00am-12:00pm

Education (Literacy)- TT mission is to create opportunities for all kids to discover their passions and reach their full potential. Volunteers will repair, sort and label gently used children’s books that will distributed to children of the Early Literacy Program.  Book donations are also encouraged.


Sunday, September 11th 

Operation Gratitude “Jigs, Cords & More” – Santa Ana 10:00am-12:00pm

Safety Net (Military & Veterans) – OG seeks to lift spirits and meet the evolving needs of our Military and First Responder communities by providing opportunities to appreciate all who serve.  Volunteers will weave “Paracord Survival Bracelets” (non-issue bracelets hold up to 550 lbs & Life-saving device) for active duty soldiers, as well as create inspirational cards!    


OneOC “Family Service Freedom Teams”  - Countywide 1:00pm-2:30pm

FST provides children and their families with a simple and organized way of building volunteerism into family life. Working together, families have fun while learning about the importance of giving their time, talent and energy to make a difference in Orange County.  In honor of 9/11, join us to appreciate our “Local Heroes” here in Orange County.  To start an employee team Click HERE!

NEW! 15th Anniversary Remembrance Ceremony & Service Fair

9/11 Day of Service & Remembrance “Ceremony & Service Fair” – Anaheim 2:00pm-5:00pm

OneOC’s Days of Service focus on making service opportunities accessible throughout the year.  Those attending the commemorative 9/11 event can participate in onsite service projects with almost 40 nonprofits, and make  “I WILL” pledges to keep those efforts going year-round.  Those who can’t attend the event can complete “I WILL” pledges online here.



2016 Nonprofit Exhibitors:


Alzheimer’s Orange County Helping those in Orange County affected by Alzheimer’s and dementia since 1982.
American Family Housing Providing housing and services to support homeless and low income veterans, families, and adults.
American Red Cross We roll up our sleeves and donate time, money and blood.
Anaheim Fire & Rescue Committed to public safety by investing in personnel and resources to make our City a safe place
Anaheim Police Department Police committed to serving our community through teamwork and the constant pursuit of excellence.
Anaheim Rotary Rotary provides service to others, promotes integrity, and advances understanding, goodwill, and peace.
Big Brothers Big Sisters Providing enduring professionally supported mentoring for every child who needs and wants one.
Blind Children's Learning Center Preparing kids with visual impairments for a life of independence.
Collaborating Organizations Active in Disaster (COAD)
Collaborating Organizations Active in Disaster
Disney VoluntEARS  Disneyland Resort cast members and their families make a positive impact on our communities.
Down Syndrome Association of Orange County One-stop-shop for all things Down syndrome related in OC—outreach, programs, services, and support.
Girls Scouts  Girl Scouting builds girls of courage, confidence, and character, who make the world a better place.
Grandma's House of Hope Empowering women, children, and families living in poverty by providing basic needs and enrichment.
Habitat for Humanity Building homes, community, and hope together.
Illumination Foundation Breaking the cycle of homelessness for families and those with medical or mental health conditions.
Inside the Outdoors Foundation An environmental education program that empowers all to explore nature and expand their knowledge.
Love Anaheim  Multi – sector Service Project Movement with the goal of loving and serving Anaheim.
Military Families Speak Out People who have loved ones in the military and who oppose the U.S. wars in Iraq and Afghansitan.
MIND Research Institute Changing how math is taught in the US to equip students to solve the world’s challenging problems.
Mission Continues Empowering veterans who are adjusting to life at home to find purpose through community impact.
OC Human Relations Making Orange County a better place for ALL people to live, work, go to school and do business.
OneOC  A nonprofit resource center dedicated to “accelerating nonprofit success”.
Orange County Food Bank  Impacting lives by strengthening and working with community to end hunger and malnutrition.
Orange County Rescue Mission  Faith-based organization providing an array of support services to the underserved in OC.
Project Independence  Promoting civil rights for people with developmental disabilities by expanding independence and choice.
SeniorServ  To nourish the wellness, purpose, and dignity of seniors and their families in our community.
Strength in Support  serving veterans and their families in SoCal through private clinical practices and informal mentoring
Tacket Patriotic Service Dogs  Training service dogs with emphasis on autism and PTSD.
Team Kids  Team Kids is a nonprofit organization committed to empowering our children to change the world!
The Orange County Family Justice Center Foundation  Breaking the cycle of violence by transforming victims into survivors.
Vanguard University  A private, Christian university of liberal arts equipping students for leadership and service.
Veterans Legal Institute  Providing pro bono legal assistance to service members to eradicate barriers and foster self-sufficiency.
Visit Anaheim  Making Anaheim and OC a visitor destination benefiting the economy and quality of life for our citizens.
Western Youth Services  Advancing awareness, cultivating success and strengthening communities for kids, youth and families.
WHW  Providing the un/underemployed the skills and resources they need to get and keep a good job.
Working Wardrobes  Empowering clients to overcome challenges and enter the workforce to achieve self-sufficiency. 
YMCA  Building a strong community by focusing on youth development, healthy, and social responsibility


Project Toolkits

Project Toolkits

Unable to participate in one of our Signature Projects? Sign up to receive one of our project toolkits that you and your group can complete in honor of 9/11 Service Projects including honoring our Local and Military Heroes.  

  • Furnishing Hope (Military & Veterans) – Wounded Warrior Home Supplies
  • Local Heroes (Public Safety) – Honor local Police, Fire & Lifeguards
  • OneOC Disaster Preparedness (Disaster) – Family & Community
  • Orange County Food Bank (Hunger)  – Food Boxes of Compassion
  • Operation Gratitude (Military & Veterans) – Letter Writing Campaign
Partner Projects

Love Anaheim Serve Day #3

September 10th

Love Anaheim is multi-sector Service Project Movement with the goal of loving and serving Anaheim. It features 4 main Service Project Events (1 each quarter or so) that will match willing leaders, volunteers, and funding to accomplish a wide range of need based projects in Anaheim. The Love Anaheim Movement will add goodness, compassion and kindness across the City of Anaheim by the collaboration of various Faith Based Groups, non-profits, school districts, businesses, service organizations, sports groups, neighborhoods, city departments, residents, and guests all working together for the common good of Anaheim. Saturday, September 10th, 8:30 am, noon is our next Service Project Event featuring 20+ projects - Click HERE to see project list.


9/11 Day of Observance - Countrywide

September 11th

9/11 Day is the largest annual day of charitable engagement in the United States. Each year more than 40 million Americans, and many others in 150 countries observe September 11 by performing good deeds that help others. The goal of 9/11 Day is to keep alive the spirit of unity and compassion that arose in the immediate aftermath of the 9/11 attacks, providing a positive, helpful way for people to annually remember and pay tribute to the 9/11 victims, and honor those that rose in service in response to the attacks. Volunteers are encouraged to observe 9/11 this year by putting aside their differences if any, joining together to help those most in need, and working more closely to make our world better and more peaceful.  Sponsored locally by MyGoodDeed, for more information Click here to see “How will you remember 9/11”?


32nd Annual CA Coastal Cleanup – Statewide

September 17th

Join thousands of Californians as they lend their hands in support of clean beaches and inland waterways at the 31st Annual California Coastal Cleanup Day.  Last year volunteers scoured beaches and inland waterways, picking up trash and debris, gathering hundreds of tons of trash during this three hour event.  The California Coastal Commission's Public Education Program works to increase public knowledge of coastal and marine resources and to engage the public in coastal protection and restoration activities. They offer a variety of conservation, education and community involvement programs including their annual Coastal Cleanup Day. Click here to learn more, find a location and get involved today!


The Compassion Games – International

September 11th– 21st

Inspired by 2008 TED Talk Prize Winner Karen Armstrong, who launched a Charter for Compassion, the “Compassion Games Survival of the Kindest” issues a challenge of service from the 9/11 Day of Service through the International Day of Peace on 9/21.  Compassion games offer fun and creative ways to ignite and catalyze compassionate action in communities around the world. The Games amplify what is already working and inspires new ways to care for ourselves, each other, and the Earth.  For more information or to join a service league Click here.