Monthly Archives: August 2011
August 31, 2011, 4:33 pm
The North Carolina Symphony will perform a concert marking the 10th anniversary of the 9/11 attacks on September 11, in Raleigh, N.C.
The performance, “Ten Years Later: North Carolina Remembers 9/11,” will include spoken-word performances and selections from the Mozart Requiem and Raleigh composer J. Mark Scearce’s “This Thread,” which is based on Toni Morrison’s poem “The Dead of September 11.”
“Music has the unique ability to bring people together, crossing all boundaries of culture and creed with ease,” said Grant Llewellyn, the symphony’s music director, in a press release. “It also has the power to soothe, heal, and inspire.”
August 31, 2011, 9:48 am
Shortly after a plane crashed into the Pentagon on September 11, 2001, the nonprofit Tragedy Assistance Program for Survivors issued a plea to volunteers, urging them to help the families of service members killed in the attack.
Dozens of volunteers responded to the call, traveling to Washington at their own expense to help families through a difficult time.
Since then, demand for the organization’s counseling and support services for military families has been growing rapidly, with two wars and an increasing suicide rate among service members.
TAPS, as the nonprofit is known, has 42 employees who work to connect military families with people who have also faced the death of beloved service members. Last year, the volunteers who work with TAPS contributed 48,000 hours to helping people who are grieving.
The charity operates a telephone hotline families can call at any…
August 30, 2011, 10:25 am
Regulators in Arizona and New York are looking into spending and fund raising by charities formed in the wake of the September 11, 2001, terrorist attacks or failed to follow registration and disclosure regulations, the Associated Press writes.
The investigations by both states’ attorneys general follow an Associated Press examination of 325 of the charities, which found dozens of groups that did not disclose spending or revenue or paid salaries and benefits to their founders while failing to achieve stated goals such as creating memorials.
The New York attorney general’s office said it was conducting a “broad review” of September 11 charities but did not identify any groups.
Arizona Attorney General Tom Horne said his office’s examination is focused on a group that raised more than $700,000 to create a massive memorial quilt honoring 9/11 victims that never was completed.
August 29, 2011, 8:03 pm
The credit-card company American Express has teamed up with two charities, MyGoodDeed and HandsOn Network, on their 9/11 Day of Service and Remembrance “I Will …” campaign by releasing a new Facebook tool that allows people to find volunteer opportunities nearby.
The tool, available on both the American Express and 9/11 Day Facebook pages, allows people to search HandsOn’s volunteering database, sign up for a project, and invite people they are connected with on Facebook to help, too.
American Express has provided a $1-million grant for large service projects in 20 cities and other efforts to mark the anniversary.
August 29, 2011, 10:42 am
President Obama used his weekly address Saturday to call on Americans to participate in a national day of service on September 11 and help “reclaim that spirit of unity” that prevailed in the aftermath of the 2001 terrorist attacks, CNN and The Hill write.
In the coming days “folks across the country … will come together in their communities and neighborhoods to honor the victims of 9/11 and to reaffirm the strength of our nation with acts of service and charity,” said the president.
“Even the smallest act of service, the simplest act of kindness, is a way to honor those we lost; a way to reclaim that spirit of unity that followed 9/11,” he said….
August 26, 2011, 3:32 pm
Runners have two opportunities in New York to raise money for charity this September.
• On September 4, the World Trade Center Run to Remember will be held on Governors Island, in New York Harbor. The event will benefit Tuesday’s Children, the New York Firefighters Burn Center, the Police Athletic League of New York City, and several other organizations.
• On September 25, runners can retrace the final steps of Stephen Siller, a New York firefighter who ran from Battery Tunnel, in Brooklyn, to the World Trade Center the day of the attacks. The run will be followed by an anniversary ceremony featuring former New York Mayor Rudolph Giuliani and the actors John Turturro, Dennis Miller, and Gary Sinise. The run will benefit the Stephen Siller Tunnel to Towers Foundation.
August 26, 2011, 3:05 pm
The Awareness Foundation, a London charity dedicated to stopping religious violence and conflicts, will mark the 10th anniversary of the September attacks as “Awareness Sunday.”
The day will be marked by a special service of reconciliation at Westminster Abbey and church services across the United Kingdom and the United States. The charity is asking Muslim and Jewish religious groups to observe the date as well.
August 26, 2011, 11:27 am
Dozens of charities formed in the wake of the 2001 terrorist attacks fell well short of their stated missions, spent virtually all their money on fund raising or putting on events, or engaged in questionable dealings that appeared to benefit their founders, according to an Associated Press investigation.
Most of the 325 groups identified by the news service, which have raised a collective $1.5-billion, fully accounted for their spending and closed after fulfilling their founding goals. But the news service found many examples of groups it said have “failed miserably,” some of which are still soliciting donations.
Among them are an Arizona charity that raised $713,000 for a memorial quilt that was never sewn; a New York religious group that lost its tax exemption after accounting for only 17 percent of $4-million it collected for victims and first responders; and a Connecticut…
August 25, 2011, 5:58 pm
The Paley Center for Media, in New York, will host a series of events and exhibits to mark the 10th anniversary of the September 11 attacks.
On September 8, the center will host a panel discussion with current and former NY1 television reporters about their work on the day of the attacks and the news media’s role in how the story unfolded.
The center will also show an exhibit of portraits of reporters at work in the days after 9/11 from September 1 through September 25.
August 25, 2011, 12:27 pm
DoSomething.org, the youth volunteerism organization, is mobilizing Americans to thank emergency responders in commemoration of the 10th anniversary of 9/11.
The charity is asking people to share their messages of thanks on a special site or through their mobile phones by sending a text message with the word “decade” to 38383.
People are then shown how to print a personalized thank-you flyer to give to firefighters, police units, and other emergency responders. The site also offers a guide for schools to use as part of September 11 memorial lessons and events.