|In 2009, U.S. President Barack Obama and first lady Michelle Obama volunteered on a Habitat build site in Washington, D.C., as part of the inaugural 9/11 National Day of Service and Remembrance.|
Each year on or around the anniversary of the Sept. 11, 2001, attacks, tens of thousands of organizations, employers, schools and other groups participate in the 9/11 Day of Service and Remembrance initiative. Many organize charitable service activities, including volunteer opportunities. Here are 10 of the many ways you can pay tribute and observe this important day with Habitat for Humanity.
- Volunteer on a build or A Brush With Kindness site through your local affiliate .
- Join your local family selection committee . Family selection committees assist potential Habitat partner families through the application process and recommend families for Habitat homes.
- Make an online donation .
- Sign up for a Global Village  trip or RV Care-A-Vanner  build.
- Support your local ReStore : volunteer, donate reusable or surplus building materials, shop!
- Join — or start — a campus chapter  at your school.
- Make a commitment to engage in World Habitat Day activities  on Oct. 3.
- Organize a fundraising event for your local Habitat affiliate .
- Become an advocate for military veterans . About 8 percent of veterans serving since Sept. 11 spend more than half their income on housing. Every returning hero deserves a chance at a safe and decent place to live. Visit habitat.org/gov/veterans  to learn how you can stand up for veterans and help protect affordable homeownership.
- Observe a moment of silence .
When you decide on a tribute activity, make sure to enter your pledge at www.911day.org , where you can also find more information on the 9/11 Day of Service and Remembrance. Be sure to tell us in the comments below about your plans for the day.