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PostPosted: Thu Aug 27, 2009 7:36 pm    Post subject: COMMEMORATE 9/11 THROUGH ACTS OF SERVICE
From Thu Aug 27, 2009 3:00 am to Mon Aug 31, 2009 2:59 am (included)
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Thursday, August 27, 2009

9/11 Memorial Creates New Educational Materials to Encourage Youth Service

The National September 11 Memorial & Museum and MyGoodDeed today announced a collaborative partnership to encourage the public to commemorate 9/11 through acts of service. The 9/11 Memorial & Museum is also making available commemorative educational materials to help encourage volunteerism among students.

“Tremendous acts of compassion and sacrifice characterized the events of 9/11,” said Joe Daniels, President & CEO of the National September 11 Memorial & Museum. “The 9/11 Memorial & Museum will preserve the story of September 11, 2001, and its aftermath and strive to inspire acts of service. We look forward to working with MyGoodDeed to encourage people across the country to mark the 9/11 anniversary with both reflection and action.”

“Our mission and that of the 9/11 Memorial are wonderfully compatible, in the way we both seek to create a permanent legacy that forever pays tribute to the victims of 9/11 and their families, and honors those who rose in service in response to the attacks,” said David Paine, president of MyGoodDeed, the nonprofit that led the seven year effort to establish 9/11 as a National Day of Service and Remembrance. Paine co-founded the organization in 2003 with friend Jay Winuk, who lost his brother Glenn Winuk, an attorney and volunteer EMT who was lost in the collapse of the World Trade Center south tower.

The announcement was made at a press conference today as MyGoodDeed and the National September 11 Memorial & Museum joined with other national service organizations in launching a nationwide effort to promote 9/11 as a National Day of Service and Remembrance. Under the collaborative relationship, the 9/11 Memorial and MyGoodDeed will support one another’s missions through educational and promotional initiatives.

This year MyGoodDeed will help raise awareness of the 9/11 Memorial’s commemorative educational materials, The Spirit of Volunteerism: 9/11 and Beyond. The materials include an 8-minute film of the same name and related discussion questions and activity suggestions that are designed to encourage students to work together to commemorate 9/11 by participating in acts of service. The film describes, through first-person accounts, the various ways that eight individuals, including Winuk, chose to respond to 9/11 through acts of service and volunteerism. The materials can be accessed at national911memorial.org.

Many national nonprofits have joined the movement to build support for the 9/11 observance led by MyGoodDeed. Besides the National September 11 Memorial & Museum and leading 9/11 support groups, these organizations include AARP, America’s Promise Alliance, American Red Cross, BeTheChange, CauseCast, City Year, DoSomething.org, Points of Light Institute/HandsOn Network, ServiceNation, and Youth Service America. This coalition has pledged to work together to organize the single largest day of service in U.S. history planned for the 10th anniversary of 9/11 in 2011.

A new website was launched to support this initiative at 911dayofservice.org and video archives, lesson plans, as well as a downloadable widget that enables individuals to post their 9/11 plans on any Facebook or Google page, website or blog. Individuals interested in finding volunteer opportunities in their area can search by zip code. Visitors to the newly-opened 9/11 Memorial Preview Site in lower Manhattan will have the opportunity to pledge to volunteer or perform good deeds through onsite kiosks.


The National September 11 Memorial & Museum is the not-for-profit corporation created to realize the 9/11 Memorial and Museum at the World Trade Center site. The organization is responsible for raising the funds and overseeing the design for the project and will program and operate the Memorial & Museum located on 8 of the 16 acres of the site.

The Memorial will remember and honor the thousands of people who died in the horrific attacks of February 26, 1993, and September 11, 2001. The design, created by Michael Arad and Peter Walker, consists of two pools that reside in the footprints of the original Twin Towers, surrounded by a plaza of oak trees. The Arad/Walker design was selected from a design competition that included more than 5,000 entrants from 63 nations.

The Memorial Museum will display monumental artifacts associated with the events of September 11, while presenting intimate stories of loss, compassion, reckoning and recovery that are central to telling the story of September 11 and its aftermath. It will communicate key messages that embrace both the specificity and the universal implications of the events of 9/11; document the impact of those events on individual lives, as well as on local, national, and international communities; and explore the continuing significance of these events for our global community.

Donations can be made through and more information can be found at the Memorial & Museum’s website, http://www.national911memorial.org/, or by calling 1-877-WTC-GIVE.

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Memorial & Museum : Lynn Rasic/Michelle Breslauer: 212-312-8800

MyGoodDeed: Jennifer Burke, 203-405-1479, jennifer.burke@911day.com

Kathy Kwon, 310-435-0812, kathyekwon@gmail.com
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