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September 11 Day of Service

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A Week of Service and a Day of Remembrance: September 11

 Since 2009, September 11 has been a federal holiday as a National Day of Service and Remembrance, thanks to the bipartisan legislation of the co-founders of 9/ Together we will reflect on the impact of September 11 on our society. Since then as a country we bonded through tragedy to assist one another through service and how we are doing the same. 

Given our virtual environment (due to COVID-19) and the climate of our society, we are extending our typical day of service into a week of service. To remember those who lost their lives, were injured or serve our country as a result of the attacks on September 11, we serve our community. Join the Cougar community for a week of virtual service and a day of remembrance during a virtual event.

A Week of Service

Serve virtually for the week starting on Monday, September 7, with local and national organizations. Learn more below.

A Day of Remembrance

On Friday, September 11 join us for a reflective event to commemorate the day, reflect on your virtual experience and learn about ways to remain engaged. Learn more about the event below.

How-to Participate in Virtual Week of Service

  1. Review our disclaimer. Cal State San Marcos and the Day of Service Committee does not encourage in-person, direct-service volunteering. If you choose to on your own will, do so by following the guidelines from the Centers for Disease Control and your local Health Department.
  2. Review the virtual engagement opportunities. Complete a couple hours of virtual service to a local or national organization and sign CSUSM student liability waiver.
  3. Register for Virtual Service. Let us know which projects you will serve. Sign the CSUSM student liability waiver.
  4. Serve from home. Complete a few hours of virtual service to a local or national organization from home. 
  5. Invite a friend! To participate with you virtually during our week of service.
  6. Reflect and promote on social media. Share on why you serve and what you remember or who you remember during this week of service. #CSUSM911DoS 

Why We Serve in Remembrance on September 11

  • Youth Serve America: Youth Changing the World

    10 Reasons to Serve and Reflect in embrance of the Tragedy of September 11 

    1. People came together to build community.
    2. We became aware of difference and committed to understanding diversity.
    3. We grew to understand anew the importance of meeting basic needs, such as food, clothing and shelter.
    4. The event generated a renewed patriotism and commitment to democracy.
    5. We were linked to and embraced by the global community.
    6. People supported one another with random acts of kindness and goodwill.
    7. We emerged with a new fervor for and focus on a better future.
    8. Everyday acts of service can be heroic.
    9. We ember the many who answered the call to serve that day, when we encourage others to serve our communities today.
    10. Our community organizations helped us to survive and thrive.

     This list was compiled by Youth Serve America (a September 11 National Day of Service and embrance partner) to enable reflection and action on the significance of September 11 for a generation that were to young or not alive to ember the day's event. 

Register for the Day of Remembrance Event 

  • Friday, September 11, 2020 from 11:00 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. by Zoom.
    • Join us for an interactive conversation with local first responders, military connected students and staff as they reflect on September 11 then and now. Students will have an opportunity to share about their experience serving this week and plans to continue civically engaging.
  •  Register for September 11 Remebrance Event

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