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Cincinnati nonprofit launches 9/11 day of service

A Greater Cincinnati nonprofit is joining forces with other local groups to organize the city’s first Sept. 11 national day of service event.

Cincinnati Cares hopes to oversee more than 500 volunteers who will work with more than two dozen nonprofit groups on more than 30 projects on Sept. 11 and 14.

“Our mission is to inspire and empower people to engage in volunteering, and it was surprising to us that Cincinnati had not embraced Sept. 11 as a day of service to remember those affected by the tragic events that rocked our world that day,” Cincinnati Cares chief volunteer officer Carol Rountree said in a statement. “So one of our first areas of work is to improve how Greater Cincinnatians embrace this and all recognized national days of service.”

Since the terrorist attacks on Sept. 11, 2001, 9/11 Day has become one of the nation’s largest annual days of charitable engagement with more than 15 million participants.

This year, projects will be offered across Greater Cincinnati from Fort Thomas to Hamilton.

Participating organizations include:

  • Cancer Support Community
  • Cincinnati Community Tool Bank
  • Cincinnati Parks
  • Circle Tail Inc.
  • Civic Garden Center of Greater Cincinnati
  • Community Learning Center Institute
  • Findlay Market
  • Crayons to Computers
  • Easterseals Serving Greater Cincinnati
  • EPIC House
  • Family Promise of Northern Kentucky, Inc.
  • Findlay Kitchen
  • Imago
  • Redwood School & Rehabilitation Center
  • SELF (Supports to Encourage Low-income Families)
  • Sidestreams 500 Gardens
  • St. Francis Seraph Ministries
  • St. Vincent de Paul
  • Sweet Cheeks Diaper Bank
  • The Healing Center
  • United Pet Fund
  • Valley View Foundation
  • Women’s Crisis Center
  • Working In Neighborhoods
  • YWCA of Greater Cincinnati

The Cincinnati Bengals’ players and staff will also work with one of the local nonprofits as part of the National Football League’s push to increase volunteerism.

Volunteers who would like to participate in the event can sign up and learn more here. Nonprofits that are interested in submitting a project for consideration can email Rountree at [email protected]

Cincinnati Cares, which was launched in late 2017 to help Greater Cincinnati residents find a way to volunteer, is working to organize a similar national day of service event for Martin Luther King Day in January 2020.


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