To commemorate the sixteenth anniversary of September 11, 2001, we bring you two programs inspired by this national tragedy that encourage service to others as a way to remember the occasion.
The Terry Farrell Memorial Fund
Terry Farrell was one of 412 first responders who lost their lives at the World Trade Center. The Terry Farrell Memorial Fund was set up in his memory to honor his courageous legacy of service. It provides assistance to both individual fire fighters and departments. Scholarships for children, medical, and other emergency grants are examples of resources provided to directly to firefighters and their families. The fund also makes equipment and training awards available to fire departments. Here are selected examples of previous recipients:
- The Wyandanch-Wheatley Heights Ambulance Corps in New York acquired an 18 person passenger van.
- The Knott County Rough Terrain Rescue Squad of Kentucky received an ambulance from a Long Beach fire company via the fund.
- The Johnson County Rural Fire District 1 in Arkansas was the beneficiary of a donated fire engine from the Blue Point Fire Department.
- The Alabama chapter of the Terry Farrell Memorial fund distributed surplus ACDA equipment to departments across the state as a result of a donation from Anne Arundel County, Maryland.
- New York volunteer fire department members from Nassau and Suffolk counties had access to post traumatic stress counseling and legal services in the aftermath of Hurricane Sandy through a program set up by the fund.
- The 9/11 Tribute Center to provide awards to teachers who incorporate this historic day into their lesson plans.
Online applications are accepted on a rolling basis.
Youth Service America 9/11 Day of Service and Remembrance Impact School Grants
Youth Service America (YSA) is a resource center that focuses on encouraging young people to make a difference in their communities, their countries, and their planet. Educational institutions are invited to become Global Schools of Service that make them eligible to apply for grants to implement projects on national days of service including the 9/11 Day of Service, the Martin Luther King Day of Service, and Global Youth Service Day. Each year, YSA and the Corporation for National and Community Service select fifty K-12 public schools that receive grants up to $1,500. These support student services activities, especially those benefiting veterans and military personnel. Support also includes technical assistance, resources, and networking. Since schools must plan ahead, July 17 was the 2017 deadline. Interested schools and teachers can start thinking about activities for next year and check the website in late spring for the 2018 deadline. They can also check back for MLK Day and Global Youth Service Day resources and activities.
More Youth Service Grants
YSA maintains a page featuring grants currently accepting applications from their numerous government, foundation, and corporate partners. These include opportunities for individuals, schools, and organizations. For educators interested in service learning, this page is definitely worth bookmarking.
Image Credit: Tribute in Light by Denise Gould, U.S. Air Force, Department of Defense (Public Domain)