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Join the 9/11 National Day of Service and  Remembrance

August 22, 2011

This year marks the 10th Anniversary of the brutal terrorist attacks on September 11, 2011. In commemoration of this event, American Express has donated $1 million to be the lead sponsor of the 9/11 National Day of Service and Remembrance, the largest day of volunteering in United States history.

This nationwide event is being let by a coalition of organizations including MyGoodDeed, HandsOn Network, the Corporation for National and Community Service, the U.S. Chamber of Commerce Business Civic Leadership Center and the National September 11 Memorial and Museum.

You can participate in volunteer projects that are being organized on and around September 11 by visiting “I Will Volunteer,” the new American Express application on Facebook that connects volunteers across the country to 9/11 service projects in their communities. To use the app, go to our Facebook page to search the 9/11 Day of Service database, sign up for a project and invite friends to join you as volunteers. Or, go to and search the 9/11 Day of Service database of volunteer projects by location.

Community Service through volunteering and giving has been a part of American Express’ history almost from the beginning of the company. In 1872, American Express made a $500 contribution (about $10,000 in 2011 dollars) to the victims of the Boston fire. In 1902, we made a $1,000 contribution (about $25,000 in 2011 dollars) to the Martinique Relief Fund on behalf of sufferers following volcanic eruptions. And, in 1917, we made our first contribution to the American Red Cross.

In 1938 and 1939, American Express participated in a fundraising campaign of the Greater New York Fund to provide economic assistance and social services (e.g., food, clothing and medical support) to less fortunate New Yorkers. And, in 1954 when the American Express Foundation was created (four years before the first American Express card), its first grants went to the March of Dimes, the Boys and Girls Clubs of America and the New York Public Library.

In the past five years, we have concentrated on supporting programs that encourage civic participation in communities where our employees and customers live and work. While we continue to support organizations like the American Red Cross and the Boys and Girls Clubs, we now support dozens of organizations like A Better Chance, Big Brothers and Big Sisters, Feeding America, Give2Asia, Habitat for Humanity, International Rescue Committee, Junior Achievement, Points of Light Foundation, Save the Children, Susan B. Komen Breast Cancer Foundation, Sussex Community Foundation (UK), TAMANA (India) and United Way.

Let us know what you’ll be doing to participate in the 9/11 National Day of Service and Remembrance and we’ll post some of your responses.

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