St. John's University Serves and Remembers

St. John’s University Serves and Remembers

September 11 National Day of Service and Remembrance

 With two campuses located in New York City, one only steps away from Ground Zero, the events of September 11, 2001, remain part of the lives of so many of St. John’s University’s students, faculty, administrators, staff members and extended families. On this tenth anniversary, we join the rest of the nation in honoring those who lost their lives that day, and celebrating the spirit of the September 11th National Day of Service and Remembrance.

 Established in 1870, St. John’s is rooted in our mission (adapted here) as a Catholic, Vincentian and metropolitan university. Following the example of St. Vincent de Paul, the 17th-century French priest whose belief in the dignity and worth of all persons led him to a life of service, we are uniquely committed to serve as reminders of the compassion, unity and service that were so evident in the aftermath of the September 11th attacks. In the Vincentian tradition, our community service programs combine with reflective learning to enlarge the classroom experience. We seek to foster a world view and further efforts toward global harmony and development, by creating an atmosphere in which all may embody the spirit of compassionate concern for others so characteristic of Vincent.

 With this mission as our foundation, St. John’s University will focus on the following two major community service projects for September 11, 2011:

 St. John’s University Supports Tuesday’s Children:

St. John’s University will collaborate with Tuesday’s Children, a non-profit organization providing support and services for the children of 9/11 and others impacted by global terrorism. will collaborate on September 11, 2011 to implement this service activity. On September 11th, 2011, volunteers will promote the services offered by Tuesday’s Children in designated spots in Manhattan, and encourage additional volunteerism and mentorship with the program. Tuesday’s Children directly involves volunteering with programs and services designed for those that lost a loved one on September 11th, Rescue and Recovery Workers and Responders, as well as those around the world who have been impacted by acts of terrorism. Though the number of volunteers will be confirmed once Fall classes have begun (August 29th), approximately 25 volunteers are anticipated. These volunteers will promote the services and programs of Tuesday’s Children, along with increase their own knowledge of the organization and additional volunteer opportunities throughout the year (i.e. the Mentoring Program). A representative from Tuesday’s Children will join the Office of Academic Service-Learning as they conduct information sessions throughout Discover New York classes prior to September 11th.


St. John’s University Remember 9/11 (display of United in Memory 9/11 Victims Memorial Quilt:

St. John's University, United in Memory, Inc., Where to Turn, Inc., New York Police Department, New York Fire Department, Snug Harbor Cultural Center, and Richmond County Orchestra will collaborate to conduct this service project from September 9 – 11, 2011. The 15,000 square foot Memorial Quilt was created by the volunteers of United in Memory, Inc. (UIM) to keep alive the memories of the victims of September 11, 2001.  UIM is committed to honoring the victims and comforting the world by making the quilt available for public viewing throughout the nation and around the world. They also strive to honor with courage and compassion the thousands of surviving families, those who risked their lives to save others, and those who supported the United States of America in its darkest hours. This is the third time that Where to Turn has assisted in bringing the Quilt to St. John's University. Displaying the Quilt allows the family and friends of victims and anyone who attends a quiet respite to honor the memory of those that were lost. Those who are volunteering will make the event run seamlessly to allow for the proper respectful environment for personal reflection and honoring the victims. St. John's will also act as a park and ride site for families traveling to Ground Zero on 9/11.


Anticipated volunteers include:

United in Memory: 3-5

Where to Turn: 5-10 facilitating the weekend events

St. John's University: 20-25 students directing guests, 20 employees overseeing the project, 5-10 employees serving as on-site “trouble shooters”

NYPD & NYFD - 50-100 members to install and dismantle the Quilt

Snug Harbor Cultural Center - 5 volunteers as docents       

Richmond County Orchestra - 5 volunteers to provide music on Sept 9 for private family viewing


This event will be promoted by an official University Press Release to local media outlets. Postcards will be sent to the families of all 9/11 victims and to the SI community around St. John's. A flyer will be sent to all employees of St. John's. Signage will be posted around Staten Island, in general, as well.


As an additional way to promote interest and involvement in these two service projects, the following resources will be utilized:


  • Twitter: @stjservice will inform students about the service, report in real-time student service experience, and give students the opportunity to share their experiences with each other.
  • Facebook: The STJ Service page on Facebook will inform students about the service, and document service experiences by housing online photo albums of service events
  • Word Press Blog: The LEADing Through Service Word Press blog (new to 2011-2012) will allow students, faculty, administrators, and chaperones to write short articles sharing their knowledge and experiences with the service projects.
  • Instagram: Connecting Instagram to our @stjservice Twitter page will allow students to directly take pictures, edit them on their smart phones, and tweet them at our page.
  • Youtube: September 11th service videos submitted to the department will be posted on the STJService YouTube page.
  • St. John’s Central: All Twitter, Facebook, YouTuve, Photo, & Wordpress updates will be tweeted @stjnow to be retweeted on the St. John’s intranet, Central, through a live feed accessed by over 7,000 students each day.