5 Charities to Donate to this September 11th

Andrew VaethNonprofits We Love

September 11th

Today marks the 17th anniversary of September 11th, a day that shook our nation and broke our hearts. 17 years may have passed, but the effects of that unforgettable day still live on — First responders who risked their lives to save others are still suffering from health issues, families of those affected are struggling daily, and the wounded veterans who served our country need our help.

5 Charities to Donate to this September 11th


Tuesday’s Children

For nearly 17 years, Tuesday’s Children has served the families who lost a loved one on Tuesday, September 11th, 2001 and have made a commitment to the first responders and Military Families of the Fallen that they will be here to offer the same, life-changing programs as they do for those who lost a loved one that day, for a lifetime. They are all Tuesday’s Children.

Through a time-tested, long-term approach, Tuesday’s Children programming serves and supports our nation’s military Families of the Fallen; builds resilience and common bonds in communities worldwide recovering from tragedies; while keeping the promise to support all those impacted by 9/11.

“Since 2001, we have served over 15,000 individuals through consistent and successful evidence-based programs—trauma and grief support, youth mentoring, mental health services, skills building workshops, career resources, parenting advisement, youth leadership development, community based family engagement events and volunteerism opportunities.”  –  Deanna MorosoffSenior Manager of Communications at Tuesday’s Children

With the help of committed supporters like you, Tuesday’s Children can continue their work and Keep the Promise to provide a lifetime of healing for those whose lives have been forever changed by terrorism or traumatic loss.


Search Dog Foundation

Since 1996, the mission of the National Disaster Search Dog Foundation is to strengthen disaster response in America by recruiting and rescuing dogs and partnering them with firefighters and other first responders to find people buried alive in the wreckage of disasters.

Randy Gross & Dusty - Ground Zero

SDF team Randy Gross and Search Dog Dusty at Ground Zero in 2001. They were one of the three founding search teams that began the 22-year journey of service to this country and the world.

“In 2001, 13 Search Dog Foundation-trained Canine Disaster Search Teams answered the call when the World Trade Center towers fell after the terrorist attacks on September 11. Those teams worked alongside rescuers from across the country, spending weeks searching for survivors in the rubble.Most of the dogs trained by the Search Dog Foundation are shelter dogs who have been abandoned due to the same behaviors that make them stellar search dogs. We are proud of our legacy thus far, having helped more than 250 dogs find their way from rescued… to rescuer.”  –  Denise Sanders, Director of Communication of the Search Dog Foundation

Be Part of the Search™ today!


HEART 9/11

HEART 9/11 (Healing Emergency Aid Response Team 9/11) is a team of first responders – FDNY, NYPD, PAPD and the NYC Building Trades – that bonded in the aftermath of September 11, 2001 to honor the sacrifices of brave colleagues and family members lost, to continue to utilize their experience and training in service to others and to bring a message of hope to communities affected by disaster.

Their mission is to Respond immediately to natural and man-made disasters; Rebuild community centers in hard-hit areas to meet grass roots needs; Recover by building resiliency for individuals, families and communities. Your donation will help them do just that.


VOICES of September 11th

VOICES helps families heal after tragedy, a vital mission that began after 9/11. Today, the organization continues to address the long-term needs of those impacted by 9/11, commemorates the 2,977 lives lost, and promotes national preparedness. In addition, through VOICES Center of Excellence for Community Resilience, we conduct research and training as well as assist communities impacted by other tragedies.

With your donation, you will help support these programs:

• Providing Long-Term Support: Since 2002, VOICES has provided over 150,000 hours of social work support services for victims’ families, responders and survivors, including individual consultation, case management services, support groups, psychoeducational workshops, assessments and screenings, and referrals.
• World Trade Center Health Program Outreach to Responders and Survivors: Since 2012, VOICES has worked with the Centers for Disease Control to assist over 1,400 responders and survivors in the process of applying for and gaining access to medical and psychological treatment that is available through the Clinical Centers of Excellence.
• 9/11 Living Memorial Project: Launched in 2005, VOICES staff works with 9/11 families to commemorate the 2,977 lives lost and with survivors to document their stories. Hosted on VOICES website, the Living Memorial is an extensive collection of over 84,000 photographs and personal stories that continues to grow over time. VOICES contributed copies of the photographs to the 9/11 Museum, where it is an integral part of the In Memoriam exhibit.


Wounded Warrior Project focuses on Veterans and service members who incurred a physical or mental injury, illness, or wound while serving in the military on or after September 11, 2001.

More than 52,000 servicemen and women physically injured in recent military conflicts. 500,000 living with invisible wounds, from depression to post-traumatic stress disorder. 320,000 experiencing debilitating brain trauma. Advancements in technology and medicine save lives – but the quality of those lives might be profoundly altered.

The numbers speak for themselves, because not every warrior can. With the support of the community of donors and team members, Wounded Warrior Project gives a voice to those needs and empower our warriors to begin the journey to recovery.

Although 17 years have passed, the anniversary of September 11th is a reminder that many of the survivors still need our support, and donating to these 9/11 charities is a great way to make difference by spreading love.

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