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20 Years Later: How to Honor and Support Those Impacted by 9/11

Updated: Sep 11, 2021

9/11 20 years later

Two decades after September 11, 2001, the impact of the day is still felt viscerally around the world, and especially here in New York City. As we commemorate the 20th anniversary of the tragic events that took place on that day, we also feel the strength, resilience, and unity of New Yorkers.

In that spirit, here are five organizations that you can support—wherever you might be—in order to help those affected by 9/11.

The 9/11 Memorial and Museum stands as a powerful reminder of the importance of unity in the face of adversity, all while reverently honoring those whose lives were taken that day. The Never Forget fund supports the memorial’s mission to commemorate the tragedy and educate the public in the hopes of preventing similar events in the future. Head to the website to learn more and donate.

On September 11, AmeriCorps will host a National Day of Service and Remembrance, offering multiple volunteer opportunities for various organizations throughout the country. The goal of the day is simple: pay tribute to the victims of 9/11, first responders, and all others impacted by the tragedy by helping others. The website has a zip code search so you can find opportunities near you.

Founded with the mission of fostering deeper human connections through compassionate actions, the New York Says Thank You Foundation has welcomed over 60,000 volunteers to its service opportunities in all 50 states. The organization offers several programs focused on survivor empowerment, as well as disaster relief and education. Among these is the 9/12 Generation Project, which helps educators teach about the events of 9/11 while engaging students in meaningful volunteer work. Follow the link to learn more and volunteer.

Formed in the aftermath of 9/11, Tuesday’s Children serves families who have lost loved ones to the events of 9/11, post-9/11 military service, and other acts of mass violence or terrorism. The organization provides a network of meaningful supports and services, including counseling, youth mentor programs, and career resources. Visit the Tuesday’s Children website to donate and discover volunteer opportunities near you.

In 2002, VOICES was founded to provide continued, long-term mental health support to the loved ones of 9/11 victims—including those who have died of illnesses related to the tragedy. VOICES also assists communities preparing for and recovering from disaster. From support groups and webinars to community workshops, the organization continues to promote healing and resilience through its network of services.

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“We will never forget the horrific experience of September 11th, and always strive to build a better city and foster a better world for the future.”

-- Brown Harris Stevens CEO Bess Freedman

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