Posted: December 16th, 2010
9/11 and the Spirit of Volunteerism

A three-person panel discusses how 9/11 sparked a greater movement of volunteerism across the United States and led to President Obama’s declaration of Sept. 11 as a National Day of Service. The esteemed panelists include Jay Winuk of MyGoodDeed, Bill Keegan of H.E.A.R.T. 9/11 and Jeff Parness, Chairman of the New York Says Thank You Foundation. These nonprofit groups are committed to providing volunteer services across New York City, the country, and abroad.

Recorded on December 8, 2010 at The National September 11 Memorial & Museum Preview Site.

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  • Gaudia Ray Sarna

    Jay’s outreach, the 9/11 Day of Service free Teaching Plan is a brilliant idea. Thank you. Imagine as he and his colleagues have, tens of thousands of classrooms reaching millions of children with the challenging question of “Who are We as a People?” Again, thank you.

    Jeff Parness, via NYSTY Foundation, shared that story, “On 911, we couldn’t do something for you. But by your coming here, we can do something.” Jeff and the shadowing new foundations emulating his and his family’s vision are repeatedly making service not just a momentary real event, but as he said, ”
    Once you tap into survivors as volunteers, you have them for life” Jeff, to you too, Thank You.

    And Bill Keegan, of H.E.A.R.T. 9/11, if I may somewhat closely quote, said, “Don’t let it wait. Don’t wait to express the outpouring of love.
    Humans have it in them to do this. You just need to give them a platform and they will respond.” And Bill has proven that and has passed over the matches many times which have lit the hearts of tens of thousands, with all the knock on benefits American and now Haitian society will receive from those who have been lit in this way. Bill, Thank You.

    And to you, the moderator, .you said so keenly observantly, 9/11 is an “extended moment of solidarity, common fellowship, and service”. Excellent. And Thank You.

    The challenge of not just the 10th Anniversary, but the 17th and 23rd and on, imo, will be how to keep alive the essence of this shocking event, this insult to what so many in the world value so greatly, tolerance for individual freedom of choice. I think it fair that all who hold those values so dearly wish you the best and thank you for your good deeds to all of alive now and who will be oncoming..

  • yolantha harrison-pace

    thank you also Mr. Sarna. One of the GOODDEED DADDY’S OF THE WORLD