This year, Pay it Forward 9/11 falls on Sunday, Sept. 11, 2022, a day when many houses of worship are active.
Benefits of Participation:
Spread kindness throughout the community to improve human welfare and build a closer connection with others.
Use your acts of kindness as an opportunity to share your house of worship’s message with those in need of spiritual guidance.
Build fellowship and unity within your church’s congregation with group activities.
Promote the Golden Rule (Treat others and the planet as you would like to be treated), an essential part of every organized religion.
Build community goodwill for religious tolerance, building respect for all humans.
Want to register your house of worship as a committed participant on our global map?
Head to our link HERE to register
It's free! If you have multiple locations you want to add, then be sure to fill out separate forms for each address your people will be spreading the kindness at on September 10th or 11th, 2021.
We’ve done this in the past. If you or any house of worship members wants to schedule time to perform community service on Friday or Saturday, encourage participants to tell the good deed recipients “Sunday is the anniversary of the 9/11 attacks, and we invite you to do three good deeds for strangers this weekend to honor the lives lost.”
This year, September 11 falls on a Sunday. Can our members participate on Friday, September 9 or Saturday September 10?
Is this event open to people of all faith traditions?
Church, synagogues, and mosques are all welcome and encouraged to participate. In the days after September 11th, American Muslims saw a sharp increase in Islamophobia. According to the Southern Poverty Law Center, “Anti-Muslim hate groups are a relatively new phenomenon in the U.S., with many appearing after the terrorist attacks on Sept. 11, 2001. They frequently traffic in conspiracy theories involving the infiltration of the government by Islamist extremists, warn that the U.S. legal system is being subverted by Shariah law, and portray Muslims in general as potential terrorist threats.”
We recommend the following:
Share our news release (or an edited version) in your e-mail newsletter.
Share social media posts from @payitforward911 on Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, LinkedIn, or YouTube pages.
Send an email to staff and congregation members on September 1st, 2nd, or 3rd, and then send an email reminder on September 9th or 10th.
Share our 1-minute video from YouTube via social media, website, or email.
Download and share our fact sheet online or print and post in your house of worship.
What information should we share with our congregation?
TIPS FOR FAITH-BASED ORGANIZATIONS
1. Incorporate into a sermon or service the message of kindness and interfaith cooperation.
2. Include an announcement during the weekly sermons of Pay It Forward 9/11’s goal of achieving 20,000 Random Acts of Kindness.
3. Share educational resources on Islamophobia and Antisemitism.
4. If you have the spare resources, provide your congregation with SMILE cards and/or wristbands (available on payitforward911.org) that they can give out to friends and families to encourage them to make the pledge.
5. Reach out to other faith-based organizations within your community and city to organize an interfaith collaboration to do random acts of kindness.
6. Organize a walk through the community to post signs about the Pay It Forward 9/11 pledge goal and invite strangers to learn more by coming to your house of worship or going to our website.
7. If your organization does door-to-door outreach, incorporate into your message an invitation to do a random act of kindness to a stranger
8. Work with your congregation to identify a nearby non-profit that may benefit from volunteer hours.
9. Go about the community on September 11th to do in-person praying (masking as required) to help people overcome trials and tribulations that they are facing in their life.
10. If your church collects donations/tithes, then consider using a portion of the collections to help fund a local community project such as housing, renovating a derelict area, etc.
Work with your congregation to come together to spread random acts of kindness within your community with the tips shown here.