The September 11th National Day of Service and Remembrance has been an inspiring tradition of engaging in volunteerism as a tribute to the 9/11 victims, survivors, and responders since 2002. Americans are called to make a difference in their communities—to make our community stronger and to foster the vision of individuals standing together, working in unity to make our world a better place.
Meetup.com was established after the 9/11 tragedy in an effort to use online tools to bring people together in real life to build community. From Scott Heiferman, Co-Founder of Meetup.com (in a 2010 Meetup Blog article): “A lot of people were thinking that maybe 9/11 could bring people together in a lasting way. So the idea for Meetup was born: Could we use the internet to get off the internet — and grow local communities? “ Scott lived just miles from the Towers at the time of the tragedy. Today, Meetup hosts more than 255,000 meetup groups and has more than 27 million members from 179 countries. In Scott’s words, “It is a wonderful revolution in local community, and it’s thanks to everyone who shows up.”
In response to the national call to action, and to honor the mission and intent of the Meetup events forum on which we built this Humanist Community, BE. Orlando engages in an annual 9/11 service project. It has more meaning for us now than it ever has.
With the Pulse Tragedy in our own back yard this past June, we have been reminded of the importance of efforts to build community and foster supportive networks of compassionate, engaged groups and individuals. Individuals like you – giving your time and heart to make a difference—are needed. Meetups and other efforts to bring people together are needed.
Thank you to every person in Central Florida and around the nation who served together today in honor of the 2016 Day of Service and Remembrance. Your contribution uplifts others, builds community, creates hope, and makes a real difference in people’s lives.
How will you continue to make a difference and to build community? What is your next volunteer project? What meetup groups are in your local area?
- September 11th National Day of Service and Remembrance
- Scott Heiferman’s blog post on Meetup & 9/11
- Community without Religion