Wednesday, August 27, 2014

9/11 Day of Service in Raleigh

“Only a life lived for others is a life worthwhile.”
~ Albert Einstein

9/11 is only a few short weeks away and is always a time for reflecting and thinking of the lives that were lost on that terrible day in 2001. I will never forget that day and I will always remember that morning and what I was doing as the tragic events were unfolding. I remember a long period of time where everything and everyone felt sad and helpless and as we were glued to the TV and the news for weeks following, it was a sad, scary and helpless time.

Years later and I am now raising two teenagers and we are busy with school and dance schedules, work, chores and the occasional opportunity to travel. We have discussed often how lucky we are to have what we have and to be free and able to do the things we do. We've also recently been discussing how to give back to others as a family more, now that the girls are older.

I'm excited to share info about's 9/11 DAY OF SERVICE coming up soon in Raleigh. This is a full DAY and NIGHT opportunity to spend what is always a hard day to get through doing good for others. If you can participate during the day there is an entire day of activities that you can sign up and volunteer. The daytime service events/projects are at various times and locations from 7am-6pm.

If you are available that evening, they are hosting an event at Raleigh's Red Hat Amphitheatre  where you can come down and help out with many projects and bring specific items to donate.  The evening event starts at 6pm for service projects, music, refreshments and Mayor Nancy McFarlane will speak.

This year’s 9/11 Day of Service, coordinated by Activate Good in partnership with the Downtown RaleighAlliance and the City of Raleigh, aims to engage 2,000 citizens in acts of volunteerism and kindness. Citizens will honor those lost on 9/11 by helping out with projects like beautifying schools and community centers, packaging food for those in need, and more. More than 30 causes will benefit from volunteers’ work, including but not limited to Raleigh Rescue Mission, Note in the Pocket, Urban Ministries of Wake County, Carolina Tiger Rescue, Ronald McDonald House, and Neuse Riverkeeper Foundation.

Additional Ways to Help!

We plan to sign up for the evening event. You can participate in the day or night activities too or help by spreading the word about this day of giving back.

  • Pick your favorite daytime service event from the list and sign up, tell others or both!
  • RSVP for the evening event and invite your friends to come along!
  • Invite your local club, organization or church to get involved!
  • Print the 9/11 Day of Service flier and hang it in your office or other places in the community!
  • Save the cover image from Activate Good's Facebook page and share it to your facebook!
  • Tweet, Facebook or Instagram about the different events and tag @activategood (and they will retweet!)

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