September 11th National Day of Service and Remembrance

#911DayWe all remember September 11th in different ways.  What I remember most is how Americans came together to do whatever they could to help support one another.  First responders headed to Ground Zero, hotels offered shelter to those who couldn’t get back to their Manhattan homes, and complete strangers stood hand in hand comforting each other.  All of a sudden this great nation, that spans over 2,000 miles, felt more like Mayberry.

On the anniversary of the September 11th attacks, Americans from coast to coast can unite again for September 11th National Day of Service and Remembrance.  You can volunteer at your favorite charity, donate to a local foodbank, or simply open a door for strangers that have their arms full.  Click here to learn more about September 11th National Day of Service and Remembrance and how you can become involved.

To ensure we never forget what happened on that Tuesday in September is to do a good deed.  I know that I will be dropping off some food to my local foodbank and will be on the look out to find ways to brighten a stranger’s day.  What will you do?  If you want to share on social medial use #911Day

“Everybody can be great…because anyone can serve.” Martin Luther King


Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. once said, “Everybody can be great… because anybody can serve.  You don’t have to have a college degree to serve.  You don’t have to make your subject and verb agree to serve.  You only need a heart full of grace.  A soul generated by love.”


Martin Luther King Jr’s birthday is also known as Martin Luther King Day of Service and is a part of the United We Serve Initiative.  Americans are called to action to give of themselves in service to others. The President has asked Americans to give their time and talent by serving meals, planting trees, being a mentor, or any other act of service.


We all know that when you give, you also receive.  If you have volunteered your time at a soup kitchen or mentored a child, then you have probably left with a “helpers high.” Research has shown that people who frequently volunteer have lower mortality rates, greater functional ability, and lower rates of depression later on in life.


PacificSource urges you to give of your time and talent on Martin Luther King Day, Monday, January 19, to give back to your community in some way.  Click here for a list of toolkits that can help you plan a Day of Service.