Volunteers with Habitat for Humanity – New York City will commemorate the September 11th National Day of Service and Remembrance by building affordable homes for working families in Bedford-Stuyvesant, Brooklyn. Held on September 11, 2012, the special event includes volunteers from the New York Stock Exchange, the Port Authority of New York and New Jersey, members of the military and people who helped with 9/11-related relief activities.
Led by Habitat for Humanity – New York City (Habitat-NYC) construction leaders and AmeriCorps members, volunteers will work together to build eight homes in a multi-family building at 836 Jefferson Avenue in Brooklyn. These homes are funded in part through the federal Department of Housing and Urban Development’s (HUD) Neighborhood Stabilization Program Round 2. Habitat-NYC is constructing 100 homes in Brooklyn as part of the initiative.
Following the September 11th terrorist attacks, Americans united in a remarkable spirit of patriotism and compassion. Given the tragedy and heroism associated with 9/11, family members believed the best way to mark the anniversary was to remember the innocent lives lost and to join with others in service efforts that met local needs and reclaimed the spirit of unity that followed 9/11. In 2009, the U.S. Congress passed bipartisan legislation, signed by President Barack Obama, which formally recognized September 11 as a National Day of Service and Remembrance.
“Habitat for Humanity – New York City is honored to help remember those affected by the September 11th attacks through this day of volunteering and service,” said Rachel Hyman, Acting Executive Director at Habitat for Humanity – New York City.
To volunteer, donate or learn more, please contact Habitat for Humanity – New York City at (212) 991-4000 or visit habitatnyc.org. On September 11, follow @HabitatNYC and #911Day for event-related tweets. Visit www.serve.gov or www.911day.org for more information on the September 11 Day of Service and Remembrance.
About Habitat for Humanity – New York City
Habitat for Humanity – New York City transforms lives and our city by building quality homes for families in need and by uniting all New Yorkers around the cause of affordable housing. With the help of thousands of volunteers every year, Habitat-NYC has built more than 260 affordable homes in the five boroughs of New York City.