RALEIGH — The city will mark the anniversary of the Sept. 11 terrorist attacks with a day of volunteering intended to showcase Raleigh’s civic pride.
The initiative, called Activate Raleigh, seeks to connect more than 1,000 volunteers with projects across the city, from home repairs and tutoring sessions to a blood drive and cleanup of a local creek.
Sept. 11 is a fitting time for Americans to give back, Mayor Nancy McFarlane said at an announcement Wednesday.
The city and the Downtown Raleigh Alliance are helping to promote the initiative. Red Hat, Progress Energy, Wells Fargo and Capital Bank are among the companies that have pledged involvement with the anniversary, which falls on a Tuesday.
One group of volunteers will plant and harvest vegetables on behalf of Interfaith Food Shuttle. Another will clean up litter in a section of Crabtree Creek. Employees confined to desk duty can sign up for online tutoring sessions with area students.
“Even those who can’t get out of the office that day will be able to help out,” said Amber Smith, CEO of Active Good, a local nonprofit that coordinates volunteer initiatives.
Job sites and projects will be provided by nonprofits such as Interact, Healing Place, Urban Ministries, Neuse River Foundation, the Red Cross and Global Hope India.
A volunteer drive isn’t the only way that Raleigh will commemorate Sept. 11. Earlier this year, the city received a small piece of twisted steel from the World Trade Center, one of many artifacts made available to communities across the nation.
The piece will go on public display for Sept. 11, though a location is still being worked out, said Barry Furey, director of the Raleigh/Wake County emergency communications center.