Many Americans choose to honor the anniversary of 9/11 by devoting themselves to a day of volunteer service. It’s a great way to renew a much-needed spirit of unity and shared sacrifice.

This year the Volunteer Center of United Way and Westchester County are organizing a special event aimed at connecting county residents to a wide variety of worthwhile charities and causes. On Friday, September 9 from 2pm to 7pm at the County Center in White Plains, “Serve and Learn: Westchester Remembers 9/11” will enlist volunteers for one-day projects as well as long-term commitments.

There will be on-site volunteer activities available to participants of all ages, including a blood drive, food drive, mural painting, greeting card decoration for soldiers, and more. Representatives from well over 100 Westchester agencies will be present, including many from New Rochelle. I plan to be there myself, and look forward to doing my part.

For more information about the “Serve and Learn” event or to sign up to volunteer, visit the Volunteer Center website or call (914) 948-4452.

The City of New Rochelle has been proud to partner with the Volunteer Center on many occasions and maintains a permanent link on the City website to their volunteer matching system, which helps link volunteers to not-for-profit organizations. You can use that system to find great volunteer opportunities at any time.