WASHINGTON -- More than one million Americans are expected to volunteer in their communities on the 10th anniversary of the Sept. 11 terrorist attacks, and the federal agency dedicated to fostering public service said Thursday it would pony up $500,000 in awards to local organizations that recruit the most do-gooders.
The Corporation for National and Community Service announced its plans Thursday at a Capitol Hill event that featured the National 9/11 Flag damaged in the aftermath of the World Trade Center attacks in New York. Families and survivors of that day, along with rescue and recovery workers, military veterans and members of Congress from both parties joined to stitch the tattered and symbolism-laden flag.
"We will never forget that tragic day -- the innocent lives lost, the bravery of those who responded, and the remarkable spirit of unity and compassion that swept the country in the aftermath," said CNCS acting CEO Robert Velasco. "We are asking Americans to remember the lives of those lost, pay tribute to those who rose in service, and honor those who serve our country today by engaging in service on the 9/11 weekend."
The agency hopes this year's Sept. 11 will be the single-largest day of good deeds, charitable activity and service in U.S. history.
To help encourage participation, CNCS plans to give 10 to 15 awards ranging from $10,000 to $100,000 to organizations that attract the most volunteers to take part in service activities honoring those who died and those who served because of what happened on 9/11.
Interested groups have until July 29 to submit their projects. Information is available at Challenge.gov.
Those interested in volunteering can check out Serve.gov.