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Posted on: August 31, 2021

[ARCHIVED] 9/11 Serve and Remember National Day of Service features volunteer hub at Iona College

Volunteer New York! has announced that the City of New Rochelle will be a major hub for their 11th annual 9/11: Serve + Remember event ( on Sunday, September 12, which this year pays solemn tribute to the 20th Anniversary of the 9/11 National Day of Service and the spirit of remembrance and resilience. Online registration is now open for individuals, groups, and families.

Mayor Noam Bramson said, “Volunteers make invaluable contributions to the life and vitality of New Rochelle, while exemplifying the engaged and generous spirit of our community.  We are proud to strengthen our ongoing partnership with Volunteer New York and to serve as a hub of activities on this National Day of Service, as together we observe the 20th Anniversary of 9/11."

All 9/11 Day New Rochelle Volunteer Hub projects will take place Sunday, September 12 over two 90-minute shifts from 10 AM to 2 PM within Spellman Hall at Iona College, 715 North Ave. For ways to give back in New Rochelle as part of 9/11 Day or to search dozens of active volunteer opportunities throughout the city as part of the Volunteer New Rochelle program, visit

“New Rochelle is a vibrant city of so many caring people and organizations working together to do good,” said Jeanette Gisbert, Volunteer New York! Executive Director. “We are thankful for the ongoing partnership with the city to support the Volunteer New Rochelle program, which for the past five years has been dedicated to empowering local volunteers with access to meaningful opportunities to serve and participate during major community events like on 9/11 Day, as well as helping them find ways to connect everyday through our website.”

To learn more about this year’s 9/11: Serve + Remember event and see the full list of local 9/11 Day volunteer opportunities that start September 8, visit Or call 914-948-4452 to learn more.


Local New Rochelle volunteers will have the opportunity to create literacy kits that will benefit the 5 Steps to Five nonprofit, which has a mission dedicated to empowering underserved parents and helping them be better prepared to prepare their children starting at birth to do well in school and beyond.

New Ro volunteers can also sign up to create warm, comforting blankets for children who are in a hospital, have been in an accident, or are in other challenging situations. Blankets are distributed through the Westchester-Rockland Project Linus organization and can easily be assembled by hand by any volunteer, as this project uses their no-sew blanket making technique. Children as young as 5 can participate in this event but must be accompanied by an adult at all times.

9/11 Day volunteers looking to do good deeds as well as pay tribute to our troops and Veterans will have the opportunity to sign up to create cards for deployed soldiers serving overseas, which is coordinated through the local nonprofit United for the Troops, which has the sole mission of trying to make life, while at war, a little better for our brave brethren by sending them care packages with goods and items that the military does not provide.

Before registering, please review the project’s online opportunity description to find out if a project is family-friendly or has requirements, like wearing a mask. Advanced registration is required.


9/11 Day was created in 2002 as a way to meaningfully honor the memories of those lost on September 11, 2001 and to inspire Americans and others to do good deeds in support of creating a better and more peaceful world. It’s also a day that is meant to help rekindle the extraordinary spirit of togetherness, volunteerism, and compassion that arose in the immediate aftermath of the 9/11 tragedy. 

Since becoming a National Day of Service, 9/11 Day has grown incredibly into the United States’ largest day of charitable service. By volunteering on 9/11 Day each year, you help support their mission to transform the anniversary of September 11 into a worldwide day of good and a symbol of American resilience –

helping to keep the spirit of all who were lost alive in our hearts and minds, while also creating a positive legacy that can be passed down for generations upon generations to come. Learn more about the #911DAY movement at


The 2021 9/11: Serve + Remember community-wide day of service is presented by Volunteer New York! and Westchester County, and in partnership with Westchester Parks Foundation. With thanks to the generous support from major sponsor, Robison Oil. As well as additional support from event sponsors Empire City Casino by MGM Resorts and NewYork-Presbyterian Hudson Valley Hospital. With special thanks to media sponsor 95.5 K-Love Radio and project sponsors Levitt Fuirst and Sterling National Bank. As well as to our Sunday volunteer hub host sites IONA College in New Rochelle and Westchester Community College in Valhalla.


Volunteer New York! is proud to support the City of New Rochelle to help increase local volunteerism and spread awareness of local nonprofits’ volunteer needs. For an active list of ways to volunteer in New Rochelle, please visit or call 914-948-4452.


The core mission of Volunteer New York! ( is to inspire, mobilize, and equip individuals and groups to take positive action to address pressing challenges, support non-profits and improve the quality of life in Westchester, Rockland and Putnam. For over 70 years the organization has encouraged adults to serve, youth to build character, families to bond, young professionals to lead, mature adults to share their wisdom and businesses to engage through volunteerism.

Last year Volunteer New York! helped to inspire over 35,000 volunteers to take action and to coordinate over 360,000 hours of service that supported more than 500 nonprofits and local organizations, providing a value of $11.7 million back to our community.

The community of Corporate Champions who strongly support the mission of Volunteer New York! include: Mastercard, Morgan Stanley, Regeneron, The Journal News &, WMCHealth, Con Edison, Entergy, 95.5 K-Love Radio, M&T Bank, NewYork-Presbyterian Hudson Valley Hospital, PCSB Bank, PepsiCo, PKF O’Connor Davies, LLP, Retirement Transformed, Sterling National Bank, Harrison Edwards PR, MAG Real Estate Advisors, Inc., Robison Oil Corporation, Apollo, Empire City Casino by MGM Resorts, IBM, TD Bank, and Webster Bank. With additional and ongoing support from Westchester County and AmeriCorps Seniors. 

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