‘How you can still help families recovering from September 11th, 20 years later

On September 11, 2001, Islamic terrorist group al Qaeda coordinated an attack that destroyed the New York City World Trade Center, damaged the Pentagon and killed nearly 3,000 Americans. It has been 20 years since that dreadful day, and many families affected by the terrorist attacks are still suffering. But, there are ways to help.

911Day, a service dedicated to facilitating opportunities for volunteers nationwide to make a difference, wants to shine a light on this commemorative day of mourning. The service is encouraging everyone to commemorate the 20th anniversary of 9/11 by posting and sharing one act of kindness, charity or service. Volunteers interested in participating may visit 911Day.org for details.

“We need you.” Reads a statement from the Families for Freedom of Scholarship Fund. “Because 3,000 students still need us.”

The Freedom of Scholarship Fund provides scholarships to victims of the 9/11 terrorist attacks and their children. The fund has already awarded a massive $178.7 million to 3,759 children whose parents were affected in the attacks. But, there are many more victims still in need. Visit familiesoffreedom.org to donate.

AmeriCorps is dedicated to matching volunteers with local programs servicing those affected by the attacks. AmeriCorps is 270,000 members strong and has served over 40,000 communities in aid to a variety of causes. Visit americorps.gov/911-day to sign up and make a difference.

The FealGood Foundation, famously promoted by former The Daily Show host Jon Stewart, advocates for 9/11 first responders and other emergency personnel in need of medical benefits from injuries sustained in the aftermath of the attacks. Visit fealgoodfoundation.com to donate now.

Points of Light is a global network stretching across over 200 cities in 37 countries that is offering ways for volunteers to make a difference from inside their own homes. The program offers virtual volunteering opportunities, DIY toolkits for first responders and more. Visit pointsoflight.org to get involved.

These are, of course, only a few of the countless organizations that have been built to serve those in need. Passionate and united, countless Americans join forces each year to help victims of the 9/11 terrorist attacks and the emergency services heroes that first responded to the scene. Two decades after that fateful day, Americans still come together to help those affected and to remember those lost.

Hunter Boyce

Hunter Boyce

Digital Producer and Journalist