Florida Remembers 9/11

Florida Remembers 9/11

The Volunteer Florida Foundation is a 501(c)(3) nonprofit charity established, organized and operated exclusively as a direct support organization to support and assist the Governor’s Commission on Volunteerism and Community Service in accomplishing its goal of meeting important human needs in Florida through service.

With its Florida Remembers 9/11 initiative, the Foundation seeks to engage Floridians of all ages in service activities that will rekindle the spirit of unity that brought our nation together in the aftermath of the 9/11 tragedy. The 10th anniversary of 9/11 presents an extraordinary opportunity to engage cities, schools, non-profits, businesses, members of national service and Florida’s citizens in meaningful service addressing local needs across our state.

Florida Remembers 9/11 will galvanize 5,000 Floridians to pay tribute to those who served our nation in response to the 9/11 tragedy. The Foundation is partnering with more than 50 organizations, including: community and faith-based organizations, 30 national service programs, and 15 community volunteer centers representing the Florida Association for Volunteer Resource Management and Florida’s HandsOn Network affiliates.


Community Needs & Challenges

Florida’s communities are geographically and culturally diverse, offering a rich array of responses to community needs. As a statewide collaborator of Florida Remembers 9/11, the Foundation will empower and support individual communities to identify local needs and challenges. Service activities commemorating 9/11 will include: youth leadership character development; youth emergency preparedness events; appreciation activities for local fire fighters, police officers and letter writing to America’s Service men and women; park cleanups, community garden construction; and other 9/11 tributes.

The statewide focus of Florida Remembers 9/11 activities is to specifically engage military families, veterans and/or first responders as volunteers of the service activity or as recipients of the service activity. Veterans and military families are represented across Florida, including seven state veterans’ hospitals, military bases attracting military families, and a high population of veterans returning to college. To ensure this audience is reached, the Florida Department of Military Affairs and the Florida Department of Veterans Affairs will be engaged in the promotion of Florida Remembers 9/11


Promotion of Florida Remembers 9/11

The Foundation is using traditional and social media for the promotion of Florida Remembers 9/11. The strategy to accomplish this includes: 

  • Using the newly established Florida Remembers 9/11 webpage - www.FloridaRemembers911.orgthat:
    • Encourages Floridians to volunteer for 9/11 service activities
    • Offers ideas for service projects
    • Links to volunteer opportunities statewide, powered by Serve.gov, HandsOnConnect and Volunteer Match
    • Provides toolkits from the 911day.org materials
    • Gives Floridians the opportunity to upload their service activity pictures, videos, and stories.

  • Creating a Florida Remembers 9/11 Public Service Announcement for statewide broadcast featuring first responders, military, and Floridians engaging in service to encourage all Floridians to remember by giving.
  • Providing partners with the Florida Remembers 9/11 logo for promotional use.
  • Writing media advisories and press releases to generate media interest in 9/11 volunteer activities, which can attract additional volunteers for Florida Remembers 9/11


Partner Organizations

North Florida

  • Be Ready Alliance Coordinating for Emergencies
  • Chain Reaction
  • Communities in Schools*
  • Faith Family Resource Center
  • Florida Department of Children and Families*
  • Florida State Parks (statewide)*
  • Florida State University (statewide)*
  • Gadsden County School Board*
  • Girl Scouts of the Gateway*
  • Goodwill Industries*
  • HandsOn Jacksonville
  • Northwest Florida State College*
  • Palatka Christian Service Center
  • Prestigious Young Thinkers
  • Teach for America Jacksonville*
  • The Arc of Jacksonville*
  • The Mission Continues (statewide)
  • VolunteerLEON
  • VolunteerWAKULLA

Central Florida

  • Big Brothers Big Sisters*
  • Clearwater Police Dept.*
  • Community Tampa Bay*
  • Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Neighborhood Family Center
  • Flagler Volunteer Services
  • Hands On Orlando
  • HandsOn Tampa Bay
  • Hillsborough Education Foundation*
  • Nature Coast Volunteer Center
  • Osceola County Council on Aging*
  • Polk Education Foundation*
  • RSVP of Highlands County
  • Senior Friendship Centers*
  • Sunshine Senior Center
  • United Way of St. Lucie County
  • United Way of Volusia-Flagler
  • Volunteer Services of Manatee County

 South Florida

  • American Red Cross*
  • City Year Miami*
  • Centro Campesino*
  • Glad Tidings Community Church
  • Martin Volunteers
  • Palm Beach Literacy Coalition*
  • Public Allies Miami, Belafonte TACOLCY Center
  • South Florida Urban Ministry*
  • Strong Women, Strong Girls*
  • Switchboard Miami*
  • Take Stock in Children*
  • Teach for America Miami*
  • Trinity Church*
  • United Way of Palm Beach County
  • Women In Distress*
  • Volunteer Broward
  • Volunteer Collier

*Denotes AmeriCorps State programs. All programs are participating. 


Reflection of Service Activity

Florida Remembers 9/11 projects will engage reflection activities as a tool for volunteers to gain a deeper understanding of their values, beliefs, and assumptions related to 9/11. Examples of these activities may include: group discussions, creating collages or journals, using poems, songs or 9/11 survivor stories to underscore the relevancy of the service project, or engaging artistic elements that connect the tribute service to global challenges.


Results of Florida Remembers 9/11

As a result of engaging thousands of Floridians in Florida Remembers 9/11, the Foundation anticipates:

  • Engaging first-time volunteers in a National Day of Service who will continue to serve their community.
  • Increasing the capacity of local nonprofits and organizations to support volunteers addressing ongoing critical community needs.
  • Building the annual recognition of 9/11 into the largest Day of Service in Florida.
  • Initiating a Florida legacy with Florida Remembers 9/11 to honor the victims of 9/11 and those who rose in service and response in subsequent years.


Tracking and Documentation of Volunteers

Volunteers will be engaged in service through a variety of local partner organizations, as each service is unique to the needs of the community.  Volunteer service will be documented at the local level with source records: sign-in sheets, online and paper registrations.  A web-based reporting portal will allow for the expedient tracking of volunteer service hours, reflection blogs and photo sharing of 9/11 service activities.