WHITE PLAINS, N.Y. – Westchester County is encouraging residents to honor those who died in the Sept. 11 attacks during the Volunteer Center’s annual communitywide call to action for the 9/11 Week of Service and Remembrance.
Volunteer activities in locations throughout the county are planned between Sept. 9 and Sept 15, including drives for blood, books and food; art projects; trail and park cleanups; and veteran and military outreach.
“Paying tribute through service to the community is the express wish of the families of the victims of 9/11,” said County Executive Robert Astorino. “There are projects for everyone and we hope to attract people of all ages to give back to their community through these local organizations.”
In addition to the county’s annual memorial ceremony on Sept. 11 at The Rising at Kensico Dam Plaza, a quilt project will be held from 4 p.m. to 6 p.m. at the White Plains YMCA. The same day, there will be a food drive from 2 p.m. to 7 p.m. at the Kensico Dam Plaza on behalf of Hope Community Services as well as a card-making project for deployed soldiers.
“Selflessness, generosity, spirit and pride united us after that horrific day,” said Alisa H. Kesten, executive director of the Volunteer Center. “With this concentrated week of projects this year, we hope to rekindle those feelings with positive acts of volunteerism to address local needs.”
The projects commemorating the 9/11 Week of Service and Remembrance include:
- Sunday, Sept. 9: Clay Art Center of Port Chester will host volunteers from 1 p.m. to 4 p.m. as they create a 9/11-themed mosaic that will be permanently installed at the center.
- Tuesday, Sept. 11: A food drive on behalf of Hope Community Services and a card-making project for deployed soldiers will be held from 2 p.m. to 7 p.m., both at Kensico Dam Plaza in Valhalla. Also that day, from 4 p.m. to 6 p.m., a remembrance quilt project will be created at the White Plains YMCA.
- Wednesday, Sept. 12: A blood drive sponsored by county employees and Hudson Valley Blood Services will take place from 9 a.m. to 3:45 p.m. at the Westchester County Center in White Plains. A project to maintain the Cranberry Lake Preserve in Valhalla will take place from 2 p.m. to 4 p.m.
- Saturday, Sept. 15: A special presentation will be held at the White Plains Public Library of New York Says Thank You, a movie premiered at the 2011 Tribeca Film Festival documenting New Yorkers’ views of the aftermath of the terrorist attacks of 9/11. A panel discussion will follow.