May 22, 2019 The Corporate Social Responsibility Newswire

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Business Community to Engage in 911 Acts of Service to Commemorate 10th Anniversary of 9/11

WASHINGTON, D.C., Sep. 10 /CSRwire/ - In honor of the 10th anniversary of 9/11, the U.S. business community will participate in more than 911 service projects around the country in an effort to help build the largest campaign of community service in American history: the September 11 National Day of Service and Remembrance ("9/11 Day").

"As the 10th anniversary of the September 11th attacks is upon us, we are reminded how people across the nation and around the world can come together for good. The business community, including tens of thousands of employees, has joined this tribute through corporate volunteerism projects around the nation," said Emily Drew, leader researcher for U.S. Chamber Business Civic Leadership Center.

The U.S. Chamber BCLC is mapping the business community's service projects that have been planned in tribute to the anniversary. The 9/11 Day of Service Business Map illustrates in an interactive, online platform what hundreds of businesses and chambers of commerce are doing around the country. 

The Motorola Mobility Foundation has built and donated an app to support businesses that want to get involved in service projects and to allow easy browsing of the acts of service. To search the map or add business projects from your phone, download the app on the Android Market. 

Examples of 9/11 business service projects include:

  • At P.S. 27 in Jersey City, American Express volunteers will create a September 11th Memorial Garden and improve the grounds for students returning to school from summer break. Additionally, volunteers will assemble crafts and presents that will be given to Operation Military Kids and distributed to children with parents deployed overseas.
  • AT&T is supporting the efforts of more than 140,000 AT&T employees and retirees who will honor this day by participating in acts including food drives, cell phones for soldiers, and job shadows for teens.
  • AXA Equitable will be sponsoring showings of the documentary PROJECT REBIRTH, a film created by a team of seasoned Hollywood filmmakers as a living testament to honor 9/11, and its victims and heroes, by chronicling the lives of nine people coping with 9/11 over a nine-year period.
  • Bank of America volunteers will gather at the Veterans War Memorial Building for the opening ceremony. 200 volunteers will stay on site to work on projects and 300 volunteers will walk to nearby sites to serve on other tribute projects. The projects may include kit assembly, neighborhood clean ups, renovations at homeless shelters, and working at urban farm sites. 
  • Booz Allen Hamilton is sponsoring the National Museum of American History’s “September 11:  Remembrance and Reflection” exhibition, which provides visitors with a unique, close-up display of more than 50 objects from the three sites—New York, the Pentagon and Shanksville, Pa.—as well as recent acquisitions from the Transportation Security Administration that reflect how American lives have changed since September 11, 2001.
  • JPMorgan Chase, Target, Best Buy, and other companies' volunteers will be creating no-knit scarves for homeless veterans in preparation of the upcoming winter. The scarves will be distributed through homeless shelters in Washington, D.C.
  • The Ritz-Carlton in Pentagon City, Virginia, hosted a breakfast on September 9th for the Arlington First Responders, including those who responded to the Pentagon attack on September 11, 2001. The hotel also engaged its guests and employees in creating a memory book, which will late be donated to the Pentagon Memorial. 

"Together, we in the United States are on the brink of the largest campaign of community service in American history and on behalf of the business community, the Chamber BCLC is proud to be a part of this historic tribute," concluded Drew.

As a 501(c)3 educational organization, BCLC serves as a voice and resource for the business community's social and philanthropic interests. BCLC is an affiliate of the U.S. Chamber of Commerce and works to strengthen collaboration among companies, chambers, NGOs, and governmental agenices. The U.S. Chamber is the world's largest business federation representing the interests of more than 3 million businesses of all sizes, sectors, and regions, as well as state and local chambers and industry associations.

For more information, please contact:

Catherine "Kitty" Taylor
Phone: 202-431-1993


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