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.
9/11 Service & Remembrance takes place every year during September.
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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 loss. Volunteers 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!
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:
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
Love Anaheim Serve Day #3
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
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
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.