About 9/11 Day of Service & Remembrance

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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9/11 Service & Remembrance takes place every year during September.


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2017 Signature Projects

Tuesday, September 5th

SeniorServ “Patriotic Place Mats”” – Anaheim 8:45am-11:00am (FST)

Health & Wellness (Senior’s)-SS nourishes the wellness, purpose, and dignity of seniors and their families in our community. Volunteers will…assist and interact with seniors as they create patriotic placemats with an American flag theme.


Wednesday, September 6th

SeniorServ “Patriotic Place Mats”” – Anaheim 8:45am-11:00am (FST)

Health & Wellness (Senior’s)-SS nourishes the wellness, purpose, and dignity of seniors and their families in our community. Volunteers will… assist and interact with seniors as they create patriotic placemats with an American flag theme.  


Southern California Hospice Foundation “Bags of Love”Costa Mesa 10:00am-12:00pm 

Health & Wellness-SCHF specializes in serving hospice patients with 6 months to live or less.

Volunteers will… assemble “Bags of Love” that contain items important to people in this stage of life and will include personalized hand-written notes of care and concern.


Thursday, September 7th

Human Options “Warm Blankets for Babies” – Irvine 11:00am

Safety Net/Homelessness – HO provides a safe haven and life changing programs to help abused women, their children and families rebuild their lives to break the cycle of domestic violence. Volunteers will…deliver 25 previously handmade, by Hearts and Hands, baby/child flannel blankets for use by the youngest of the shelter’s clients.


Orange County Rescue Mission “Feeding our Fellow Americans - Santa Ana 4:30pm-6:30pm (FST)

Safety Net (Hunger, Homelessness & Veterans)-The OCRM provides assistance in the areas of guidance, counseling, education, job training, shelter, food, and clothing health care and independent living communities. Volunteers will…offer the hand of friendship to the many homeless men, women and children living in the downtown Santa Ana area by serving a hot meal to them. Working with the OCRM “Chili Van”, volunteers will also bring and serve food items to accompany the chili; like salad, rolls, fruit and dessert.


OneOC “Emergency Volunteer Center”Santa Ana 5:30pm-7:00pm (FST)

Net (Disaster) - The OneOC EVC is a program that supports emergency response officials throughout Orange County by engaging and safely deploying spontaneous volunteers to respond to critical needs and/or long term recovery. Volunteers will…participate in a mock county-wide 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 8th

Meairs Elementary School “Service-Learning Garden”Garden Grove 9:00am-12:00pm

Education (Environmental) - OneOC Service-Learning Gardens provide on-going opportunities to meet CA Standards-based Life Science instructional goals while giving K-6 students a chance to provide meaningful service to their community. Volunteers will…refurbish the existing school garden and also build garden fencing to protect the area as well as prepare for fall planting with students.


Portola Hills Elementary School “Service-Learning Garden” - Trabuco Canyon 10:00am-12:00pm

Education (Environmental)-OneOC Service-Learning Gardens provide on-going opportunities to meet CA Standards-based Life Science instructional goals while giving K-6 students a chance to provide meaningful service to their community. Volunteers will…build new raised bed gardens, amend the soil, stain and refurbish existing beds as well as prepare the beds for fall planting with students.


Saturday, September 9th 

Grandma’s House of Hope “Empowering our Invisible Populations”Anaheim 10:00am-12:00pm

Safety Net (Homelessness)-GHH empowers the invisible populations of Orange County. We say “Yes!” when everyone else says “No.” Volunteers will…give one of the shelter homes a makeover by painting the interior of 6 units and doing general fix-it work.

Working Wardrobes “Dressing for Success Rehab” – Irvine 10:00am-12:00pm

Safety Net (Workforce Development & Veterans) - WW has changed the lives of more than 70,000 clients overcoming difficult challenges and gaining valuable skills for reentryVolunteers will…rehab (paint) the warehouse dressing rooms for clients; coat the United States and world maps with protective sealant and paint doors/trim to make a more beautiful space for clients and staff.


Vital Link “Celebrating our Local Heroes” – Mission Viejo 1:00-3:00pm 

Safety Net (Disaster)-VL is dedicated to preparing students for their future careers through experiential learning opportunities. Partnering with OneOC, Volunteers will…make gift baskets of snacks, sweets and letters of support to be delivered, in way of thanks, to the many men and women working for our local Public Safety (Fire, Police etc.) stations.


Sunday, September 10th 

Muth Interpretive Center “California Natives Restoration” – Newport Beach 9:00am-12:00pm (FST)

Environment-MIC protects and preserves open space and endangered wetlands in a highly populated urban setting. Volunteers will…Volunteers will provide clean-up and restoration to native habitats in the upper Newport Bay area, home to several of the region’s most productive ecosystems.


Bolsa Chica Conservancy “Plant Restoration”Huntington Beach 9:00-12:00pm (FST)

Environment– BCC inspires and connects all generations through community involvement and leadership in hands-on restoration and education in wetland science, watersheds, coastal ecology and environmental sustainability. Volunteers will…remove non-native invasive plants growing throughout the reserve. Additionally, the Conservancy appreciates donations of heavy-duty trash bags, work gloves, neoprene gloves, and or paper towels to assist with our habitat restoration projects.


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

Education-TT creates 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!


Irvine Animal Care Center “Patriotic Pets” Santa Ana 1:00pm-3:00pm

Safety Net (Animals) - IACC provides a safe, clean, enriching and caring environment focused on increasing animal adoption into responsible homes while promoting healthy human and animal relationships. Volunteers will…create miniature no-sew flannel blankets, toys and kerchiefs for cats and dogs who reside in this no-kill shelter until they are adopted.


Monday, September 11th 

Strength in Support “Tee Time for Veterans”Santa Ana 9:30am-6:45pm

Safety Net (Veterans) -SIS provides counseling, mentorship and educational workshops to military and family members, including non-active, reserve, guard, or veterans, addressing their challenges in a timely, competent, and supportive manner.  Volunteers will assist event staff at the Monarch Beach Golf Links.

  1. 9:30am-12:45pm (5 spots) – Assist with event set-up and registration.  
  2. 3:00pm-6:45pm (5 spots) – Assist with the auction setup and Veterans dinner in memory of 9/11, provided by St. Regis and charity auction.

To learn more or to participate in this inaugural Golf Tournament CLICK HERE


Thorman Elementary School “School Campus Beautification”Tustin 8:30am-12:00pm

Education (Environmental) - TES ensures that each student optimizes individual achievement through an educational system characterized by challenging and exciting curricula and inspiring personalized instruction. Volunteers will…beautify the campus blacktop by creating colorful designs with paint.


Los Angeles Regional Food Bank “Feeding the Hungry” – Los Angeles 9:00am-12:

Safety Net (Hunger)-LARFB since 1973, has worked to mobilize resources in the community to alleviate hunger. Volunteers will…work side-by-side to assemble and pack food boxes as a sign of unity and equality, which will then be delivered to families in need throughout Los Angeles County.


Orange County Food Bank “Feeding our Senior’s” – Garden Grove 9:00am-11:30am (FST)

Safety Net (Hunger & Senior’s)-OCFB distributes nearly 20 million pounds of food annually as well as provides food and personal care items to nearly 400 other nonprofits throughout Orange County. A high-energy project where Volunteers will…work side-by-side to assemble and pack food boxes as a sign of unity and equality, which will then be delivered to families and seniors in need throughout Orange County.


Child Creativity Lab “Let’s Create & Honor Our Public Servants!” – Santa Ana 9:00am-11:00am (FST)

Education (Youth & Arts)-CCL provides children with hands-on tools for critical thinking, problem solving, innovation, and a passion for science, technology, engineering, and the humanities. Volunteers will…create art pieces that will be donated to local fire stations, police stations and military bases. These artist creations will serve as symbols of hope, unity and support for those who serve our country.


Deerfield Elementary School “Service-Learning Gardens” – Irvine 9:00am-11:00am (FST)

Education (Environmental)- OneOC Service-Learning Gardens provide on-going opportunities to meet CA Standards-based Life Science instructional goals while giving K-6 students a chance to provide meaningful service to their community. Volunteers will…amend the soil, refurbish existing raised bed gardens and prepare the beds for fall planting with students.


Operation Gratitude “Jigs, Cords & More” – Irvine 9:00am-11:00am 3200 Park Center Drive Suite 100 Costa Mesa, CA (Pivot Interiors – ground floor)

Safety Net (Veterans)-Operation Gratitude seeks to lift spirits and meet the evolving needs of our Military and First Responder communities by providing opportunities to appreciate all who serve. Additionally, OG seeks to provide volunteer opportunities for all Americans to express their appreciation for these heroes. 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!


San Diego VOAD “Community Disaster Summit” – San Diego 10am-2pm

Safety Net (Disaster)-SDV founded in 1970, works tirelessly to assist communities affected by disasters. Volunteers will…assist with everything from check-in, to Emergency Preparedness Kit packing, to clean-up for the American Red Cross Community Disaster Preparedness Summit. Volunteers will be provided with a light lunch.


Thomas House Shelter “Be Prepared: Disaster Kits”Garden Grove 10:00am-12:00pm (FST)

Safety Net (Disaster & Homelessness) - TH provides the resources necessary for homeless families with children to remain together while empowering them to become independent and self-sufficient. Volunteers will…assemble Emergency Supply Kits for all of the families living in the shelter homes so that all clients will be well-prepared for the unexpected.


SeniorServ “Pen Pal Packets for Friendship” – Anaheim 1:00pm-3:00pm

Health & Wellness (Senior’s)-SS nourishes the wellness, purpose, and dignity of seniors and their families in our community. Volunteers will…design colorful writing cards and create “Pen Pal Packets” of writing cards, envelopes, stamps and pens. These packets will be given to the many home-bound, isolated seniors that receive Meals on Wheels. Packet materials will then be used by these seniors to contact family and friends to keep their connections active and engaged.


Goodwill of Orange County Tierney Center  “Paracord Survival Bracelets” – Tustin 6:00pm-8:00pm (FST)

Safety Net (Homelessness & Veterans) - GWOCTC provides Veteran Services is a global approach to serving veterans and their families. We serve all veterans in Orange County, including immediate family members, and military personnel and families. Volunteers will…weave “Paracord Survival Bracelets” (holds up to 550 lbs & life-saving device) for homeless veteran clients. Each bracelet will have a special dog tag woven into the strands that contains information on how to obtain center services in the future.

DIY Project Toolkits

DIY Project Toolkits

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

  1. Local Heroes (Public Safety) – Honor local Police, Fire & Lifeguards
  2. OneOC Disaster Preparedness (Disaster) – Family & Community
  3. Orange County Food Bank (Hunger)  – Food Boxes of Compassion
  4. Operation Gratitude (Military & Veterans) – Letter Writing Campaign
Partner Projects

September 9th - 24th

The Compassion Games - The Global Unity Games: Building Bridges – International

This 16 day challenge to unify communities around the world in an expression of globally synchronized intentions with locally organized compassionate action. Starting on September 9 and culminating on World Peace Weekend (September 23-24), players and teams will challenge and inspire each other to organize actions that build bridges between peace, prosperity, and the planet. Players can create or join their own service projects and/or participant in any of the featured ways to play. As players and teams participate, results are shared on the Compassion Report Map to highlight, measure, and celebrate the collective impact our actions have around the world. To learn more Click HERE!


September 11th

911Day.org – Tomorrow Together - National

Tomorrow Together” is a new five-year initiative, supported by a diverse community of national service, youth, faith and education organizations, to actively promote the ideals of unity, empathy and service among young people throughout the United States and was officially launched on September 11, 2016. While many "Tomorrow Together" programs may launch or be timed annually to coincide with the anniversary of the 9/11 attacks, “Tomorrow Together” is meant to be an on-going, long term program to instill the values of unity and cultivate a new generation of empathetic change makers. To add your organization's name to the coalition, and access our free toolkits and resources, email us at [email protected]


Saturday, September 16th

Coastal Commission - 33rd Annual CA Coastal Cleanup – Statewide

Join thousands of Californians as they lend their hands in support of clean beaches and inland waterways at the 33rd 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.

To learn more, find a location and get involved today Click HERE

Family Service Team (FST)

OneOC Family Service Team (FST) projects are designed to provide children and their families a simple and organized way to build volunteerism into daily family life. Teams of family volunteers serve together as part of our national Days of Service, having fun for a good cause, while learning about the importance of giving of their time and talent to make a difference in our community. Projects that meet Family Service criteria will be denoted by FST in the title. Individuals can create their own Family Team (please add FST at the beginning of your title) or join a Public FST Team at any time.


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