Fifteen years ago, the U.S. was horrified by intimate visions of flames, floating debris, ash-covered faces, crumbling facades, and enraging cruelty that took the lives of thousands, and impacted the lives of millions.
But on that day and in the aftermath, we also witnessed even more intimate visions of people helping people under a banner that is a heart-wrenching combination of loss, shock, strength, and hope. Like it has never been hoisted before on American soil, that banner can only be described with one word: Unity.
Today, society remembers that unity. Strives for it. Hopes for it. And in all of humankind’s imperfections, manages to accomplish it during the September 11th National Day of Service and Remembrance.
Activate Good has participated in the National Day of Service movement since 2011 – the 10th anniversary of 9/11. This year, for the 15th anniversary, our volunteer center tackled a Triangle-wide 9/11 Weekend of Service, September 9-11, with over 100 projects from over 50 nonprofit partners. Projects ranged from school beautification and building homes to sorting donations and feeding the hungry – with school groups, civic groups, families, individuals, and companies all coming out to support so many important causes faced by our community daily.
On Sunday, September 11, we also hosted our 9/11 Commemoration and Service Event, during which we welcomed speakers, live music, and free food (including our special mac n’ cheese-toting and cross-country traveler, the Farmers’ Gratitude Grille). We also offered volunteers the opportunity to participate in six hands-on service stations:
- Letters to the Troops
- Thank You Bags for First Responders, benefiting Raleigh police, EMS, and fire departments
- Cat Kare Kits, aiding Safe Haven for Cats
- Blankets and Scarves for the Homeless, helping Oak City Outreach
- Care Packages for Urban Ministries
- Youth Disaster Preparedness activities with the Red Cross of the Triangle
Many thanks to our 9/11 Weekend of Service 15th Anniversary Sponsor, Wells Fargo for helping to make it all happen! We also send thanks to Red Hat, our 9/11 Commemoration Sponsor – as well as YELP, b.good, RTP Rotary, Cabot Creamery Cooperative, Coca Cola Bottling Co. Consolidated, Sparkle & Shine Cleaning Service, and Modern South Construction Company for all their support.
Thanks to Stacy Borelli of Swank Photo Studio, the artist behind all photos here (unless otherwise noted), for all her hard work and creative talents! Also, thanks to all our volunteer leaders, photographers, and social media gurus for all their help throughout the entire weekend!
Finally, thanks to our grant providers: Points of Light, which supported our First Responder station on 9/11; Travis Manion Foundation, also in partnership with Points of Light, which supported our beautification project at East Wake Middle School on September 9 and 10; and Youth Service America, which supported our Red Cross station on 9/11.