Giving Back: September 11 National Day of Service and Remembrance is around the corner

BY ERIN SUSMAN, VISTA AND OPERATIONS MANAGER, THE HUB

 

September 11 National Day of Service and Remembrance (9/11 Day), is a chance to help others in tribute to those killed and injured on September 11, 2001, first responders, and the countless others who serve to defend the nation’s freedom at home and around the globe.

This year marks 20 years since September 11, 2001. Each year, folks gather together in service, but this year may seem more difficult than years past. As we mark this somber anniversary, there are still plenty of ways to get involved in your community. Here are three ways that you can get involved and give back today… 

  • Look for volunteer opportunities in your community online

Did you know that you can often find new volunteer opportunities through things like Facebook Jobs or LinkedIn? There are also great listings around the state on Volunteer West Virginia’s database (or through your local volunteer center) and on VolunteerMatch. Organizations across the state are looking for dedicated folks like you to fill needs, both virtually and in person. Your next favorite volunteer opportunity could be waiting for you! 

  • Organize your own project

Not seeing something in your area (geographic or interest) online? See a need in your own community that’s not yet being filled? Some ideas for projects you may want to organize could include:

  • Beautifying a local park or community space 
  • Arranging a virtual visit to a senior citizen center or sending cards to residents/clients of a senior center (Our VISTAs did this in the winter, and it was a lot of fun! Read more here
  • Checking with your local fire station and see if you can organize a fall clean up or serve them a meal. 
  • Collecting personal care items to distribute to Blessing Boxes in your community 
  • Picking up groceries for homebound neighbors who are struggling with food insecurity

You can recruit friends and family to help, or through services like Volunteer West Virginia’s database or VolunteerMatch

(PS. If you want to think more long term about organizing and engaging your community, you should check our The Hub’s newest program: Kickstart Communities!) 

  • Consider a year of service

If you feel a larger call to service, and are interested in giving back to your community in a more long term way, AmeriCorps could be the move for you. The Hub is one of several organizations across West Virginia that hosts AmeriCorps members every year. Learn more about a year of National Service with The Hub here

 

 

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