Today is Patriot Day in the United States. It is observed as a National Day of Service and Remembrance in memory of the 2,977 individuals killed in the September 11, 2001 attacks. While it’s not a federal holiday, many organizations and individuals plan volunteer activities to serve their local communities.
In writing this post, I found some very interesting statistics about volunteering in the U.S. Did you know:
- 1 in 4 adults volunteers through an organization
- In 2013, 62 million Americans volunteered nearly 8 billion hours. It’s estimated that the value of their volunteer service is close to $173 billion.
Each of us has the ability to volunteer. We all have a talent that we can share. Volunteerism does so much. Not only are we helping an organization or community where we live and work, but we can learn, build valuable skills and relationships that will last the rest of our lives.
What’s great about volunteering is there are lots of different ways to volunteer. If you’re trying to find a place that needs your talents check out a website called Serve.gov, managed by the Corporation for National and Community Service. It has a list of the various initiatives that need volunteers – everything from mentoring young adults, helping to end hunger, and the 9/11 Good Deed Challenge.
Take a moment today to remember the people that rose to service on 9/11 by giving sharing your time and talents.0