What are “Seeds of Service”?
When confronted with unfathomable devastation and loss, there is an undeniable human impulse to comfort, to help, to serve. And it is through acts of service that we can begin to find new meaning, to recover, to heal and, ultimately, to thrive. Through our service we can experience joy amid pain, growth from destruction, and light in the darkness.
Buried within the incomprehensible events of September 11, 2011 lay the very roots of the seeds of service. Through hearing personal stories from various members of the 9/11 Community, visitors will have an enhanced understanding and appreciation for volunteerism and public service. And they will gain a new awareness of our collective responsibility in the aftermath of a disaster to work together to help our local and global communities.
Seeds of Service is a communal and social interactive that encourages visitors to share their ideas for ways to serve local, national or global communities. Through touchscreens visitors will explore and learn about different volunteer opportunities, connecting geographically with their local communities if they choose, or by type of service project. Selecting the location or theme in which they are interested, visitors will be asked to commit to getting involved and will be sent information via email and/or social media. A visible and changing tally of these commitments will show the growth and spread of service inspired by the selfless acts that came out of 9/11.
It is our goal that each visitor leaves changed, transformed to acts of service of their own. This is the ultimate visitor experience outcome.
After visiting the Tribute Center, we’re excited that visitors will be inspired by the humanity of September 11. It was a unique time period where the world came together to support America in their rebuilding, and 15 years later we’re able to show that progress and be inspired.
– Jennifer Adams-Webb, 9/11 Tribute Center CEO & Co-founder
Opportunities for Service
9/11 Day of Service & Remembrance
The 9/11 Tribute Center’s 7th Annual 9/11 National Day of Service and Remembrance event was a great success! On September 16, Over 600 volunteers from lower New York companies that were directly impacted by 9/11 gathered at the Lexington Avenue Armory to build 500 bikes to donate to children to whose parents are active duty United States 75th Ranger Regiment soldiers.
Brooke Jackman Foundation
Since 2001, the Brooke Jackman Foundation has donated nearly 100,000 books and almost 15,000 Brooke Packs, backpacks filled with books and school supplies, to children in need. The foundation has established four libraries and a number of after-school literacy programs at sites across all five boroughs of New York City.
Peter C. Alderman Foundation
One-sixth of the world’s population has experienced terrorism, civil war or genocide. This foundation aims to heal their emotional wounds by training local, indigenous healthcare workers and establishing trauma treatment centers around the world. Many countries, including Rwanda, Cambodia, Haiti, and the Sudan have been served.
Beyond the 11th
Founded by two American women whose husbands were killed on September 11th, their mission is to reach beyond differences of culture and geography to embrace the most essential of connections: humanity.
Learn more about this organization