ECKAN’s Ottawa Volunteer Center is challenging organizations and individuals in Ottawa to join those around the country that are participating in the 9/11 Day observance in an effort to create the single-largest day of good deeds & charitable activity in U.S. history to pay tribute to the 9/11 victims and survivors and those who rose in service following the attacks.

The 9/11 Day of Service and Remembrance is the day we give tribute by doing something from our hearts that benefits and enriches someone else —something meaningful to us in memory of others. In Ottawa, we ask all citizens to join us for these tribute events:



“I Will Never Forget 9/11” Essay Contest.   Do you have vivid memories of that day? Has that event changed your life?   Essays must be submitted electronically to Valerie Tindill ( by Wednesday, September 7. Three entry brackets: Youth (grades 9-12); College; Adult. Prizes: Gift Cards and plaques.


Friday, Sept. 9th 9 AM – 5 PM: 9/11

First Responder & Service Dog’s Display: Ottawa Library  

6 PM – 12AM: 9/11 Tribute Night: Orscheln’s Parking Lot: Gathering & packaging toiletries & supplies for those serving abroad. Live music, Cookout & bake sale.  Items being collected are: wipes, body wash, toothpaste, lotion, deodorant, razors, q-tips, drink mix, granola bars, mixed nuts, jolly ranchers (hard candies), gum, canned chips.


Saturday, Sept. 10th

5PM – 7PM: “Penny Project” Reveal Celebration.  Culmination of the “Penny Project” started in the spring by local teen Andrew Currier with a goal to collect 1 million pennies to send to Habitat for Humanity, Hope House, and Tornado Relief in Joplin and Reading.   To include live music and announcement of total money raised.


Sunday, Sept. 11th

8 AM: Annual 9/11 Tolling of the Bell Ceremony at Ottawa Fire Station (720 W. 2nd).  Public encouraged to attend to place US flags in the ground at local 1st responder locations as a sign of gratitude & tribute. 
7-9 PM: Community 9/11 Reflection Ceremony: Ottawa University Chapel. To include inspirational words from Local 1st Responder about his experience at Ground Zero, Franklin County Sheriff Jeff Curry, reading of Winning Essays and music by Ottawa Brass


Honor Wall Display will appear at the events above, in addition to stops at OHS and Ottawa University.  To include large 9/11 Tribute mural with names of local nonprofits seeking additional volunteer help, as well as:


  • Honor Cards: Write a thank you note to a local first responder or a man or woman serving our country in uniform.


  • Commitment Cards: In honor of our troops, veterans, military families and local first responders, individuals may pledge to serve others through volunteer efforts in our community.


  • Honor Art: To honor and process the impact of 9/11, individuals are encouraged to express their feelings through written messages or drawings.


  • Ten years ago, in the aftermath of the Sept. 11 attacks, we were mourning those lost and trying to make sense of a senseless tragedy. Through collective grief, scores of Americans acted on our innate nature to serve and sought out ways to lend a hand, offer comfort and, ultimately, create positive change in our communities. As we mark the 10th anniversary of the Sept. 11 attacks, we have the opportunity to create a permanent and positive legacy that rekindles the spirit of unity that existed immediately after that day, and honor the victims, heroes and all those who rose in service in response to the terrorist attacks that changed our nation.


    To find out more or to get involved, visit, call 785-242-7450 ext. 7205 or email