Projects


Registration is NOW OPEN.  Please visit: https://911dayofservice2021.eventbrite.com to RSVP for service project. 

We are so glad to have you as part of this year’s Mason Nation 9/11 Day of Service.  For questions, please contact Lisa Snyder, Associate Director at lsnyder2@gmu.edu.


Create Your Own Service Project

If you have a service project you are interested in doing that isn’t listed here, please select this ticket. We realize that many folks have connections to other organizations (ex: non-profit groups, youth groups, churches, etc.) and may have other areas of need or service possibilities. If you select this option, please email Lisa Snyder at lsnyder2@gmu.edu and provide the name of the organization and service project you are doing so that we can add the project and partnership to our list of outreach for the Mason Nation 9/11 Day of Service.


Arlington Police, Fire & Sheriff 9/11 Memorial 5k (In-person project off campus) 

  • Volunteer Info: Join the “George Mason University” team and run where you live. The Arlington Police, Fire & Sheriff 9/11 Memorial 5K Race provides an avenue for local area businesses and residents to remember the victims of the attacks on 9/11. The race also honors the countless first responders and military personnel who responded that day and honors their continuous fight in the war on terrorism. This year’s event will include an in-person option that will be capped at 2,000 runners, as well as a virtual option based on preference. All proceeds will be donated to official charities that focus on the healing of military personnel and civilians directly affected by the war on terrorism and the attacks against America on September 11, 2001.
  • Registration Fee:$40
  • Time:Saturday, September 11th at 6:00pm
  • In-Person Location: DoubleTree Hotel, 300 Army Navy Drive, Arlington, VA 22202
  • Mason Project Coordinator:Whitney Sublett, University Information Technology Service

Capital Area Food Bank Drive (In-person project off campus) 

  • Volunteer Info: Volunteers will assist in person at the Capital Area Food Bank helping to organize, clean, and sort items in the food bank. The Capital Area Food Bank can be accessed via public transportation. If you are interested in volunteering for this project, you MUST REGISTER no later than September 6th so we can notify our partner. Volunteers will need to provide their own transportation. We need a minimum of 8 volunteers and no more than 20 volunteers to make this project happen.
  • Time: September 10th from 1:00pm-4:00pm
  • Location: Capital Area Food Bank (4900 Puerto Rico Ave NE, Washington, DC 20017)
  • Mason Project Coordinator: Patty Mathison, Social Action and Integrative Learning

Campus Clean Up (In-person project on campus) 

  • Volunteer Info: Volunteers will help to clean the trash/personal protective equipment(PPE) on Fairfax Campus. Duties will include pick up, sort, count and weigh trash/PPE. Please dress in long pants, long sleeve shirts, and close toed shoes/boots. Gloves, trash bags, sunscreen and bug spray will be supplied.
  • Volunteer Time Slot: 10am to 11am
  • Location: Parking Lot K, entrance
  • Mason Project Coordinator: Jane XU (Facilities)

Campus Gardens – Innovation Food Forest hosted by the Office of Sustainability’s Greenhouse and Gardens program:  (In-person project on campus)

  • Registration: please register for this project at: https://go.gmu.edu/greenvolunteering
    • To register, you will need to create a free account on the Sustainable Sign Ups Volunteer Portal. After doing so, select the 9/11 Day of Service (2021) from the “Event List” and register for the shift(s) you would like. Please remember that you can also volunteer with the Office of Sustainability anytime!
  • Volunteer Time Slot: 8:30 a.m. to 9:30 a.m.
  • Location: Innovation Food Forest, Fairfax Campus
  • Instructions: All skill levels are welcome! All of the knowledge, tools, and resources needed to have an enjoyable and impactful volunteer experience will be provided to you at the shift!
    • Please read the detailed instructions when you register for the shift, which include requirements for participation, location information, suggested items to bring with you, and more.
  • Questions? Please email gogreen@gmu.edu
  • Mason Project Coordinators: Ben Auger, Program Manager for Education and Outreach, Office of Sustainability, and Doni Nolan, Greenhouse and Gardens Program Manager, Office of Sustainability

Campus Gardens – Green Studio Project hosted by the Office of Sustainability’s Greenhouse and Gardens program:  (In-person project on campus)

  • Registration: please register for this project at: https://go.gmu.edu/greenvolunteering
    • To register, you will need to create a free account on the Sustainable Sign Ups Volunteer Portal. After doing so, select the 9/11 Day of Service (2021) from the “Event List” and register for the shift(s) you would like. Please remember that you can also volunteer with the Office of Sustainability anytime!
  • Volunteer Time Slot: 10:45 a.m. to 12:00 p.m.
  • Location: Green Studio, Fairfax Campus
  • Instructions: All skill levels are welcome! All of the knowledge, tools, and resources needed to have an enjoyable and impactful volunteer experience will be provided to you at the shift!
    • Please read the detailed instructions when you register for the shift, which include requirements for participation, location information, suggested items to bring with you, and more.
  • Questions? Please email gogreen@gmu.edu
  • Mason Project Coordinators: Ben Auger, Program Manager for Education and Outreach, Office of Sustainability, and Doni Nolan, Greenhouse and Gardens Program Manager, Office of Sustainability

Campus Gardens – Exploratory Hall Rooftop Greenhouse Project hosted by the Office of Sustainability’s Greenhouse and Gardens program:  (In-person project on campus)

  • Registration: please register for this project at: https://go.gmu.edu/greenvolunteering
    • To register, you will need to create a free account on the Sustainable Sign Ups Volunteer Portal. After doing so, select the 9/11 Day of Service (2021) from the “Event List” and register for the shift(s) you would like. Please remember that you can also volunteer with the Office of Sustainability anytime!
  • Volunteer Time Slot: 1:30 p.m. to 2:30 p.m.
  • Location: Exploratory Hall Rooftop Greenhouse, Fairfax Campus
  • Instructions: All skill levels are welcome! All of the knowledge, tools, and resources needed to have an enjoyable and impactful volunteer experience will be provided to you at the shift!
    • Please read the detailed instructions when you register for the shift, which include requirements for participation, location information, suggested items to bring with you, and more.
  • Questions? Please email gogreen@gmu.edu
  • Mason Project Coordinators: Ben Auger, Program Manager for Education and Outreach, Office of Sustainability, and Doni Nolan, Greenhouse and Gardens Program Manager, Office of Sustainability

Campus Gardens – Potomac Heights Vegetable Garden Project hosted by the Office of Sustainability’s Greenhouse and Gardens program  (In-person project on campus)

  • Registration: please register for this project at: https://go.gmu.edu/greenvolunteering
    • To register, you will need to create a free account on the Sustainable Sign Ups Volunteer Portal. After doing so, select the 9/11 Day of Service (2021) from the “Event List” and register for the shift(s) you would like. Please remember that you can also volunteer with the Office of Sustainability anytime!
  • Volunteer Time Slot: 3:00 p.m. to 5:00 p.m.
  • Location: Potomac Heights Vegetable Garden, Fairfax Campus
  • Instructions: All skill levels are welcome! All of the knowledge, tools, and resources needed to have an enjoyable and impactful volunteer experience will be provided to you at the shift!
    • Please read the detailed instructions when you register for the shift, which include requirements for participation, location information, suggested items to bring with you, and more.
  • Questions? Please email gogreen@gmu.edu
  • Mason Project Coordinators: Ben Auger, Program Manager for Education and Outreach, Office of Sustainability, and Doni Nolan, Greenhouse and Gardens Program Manager, Office of Sustainability

Chalk your driveway and sidewalks (Virtual Project – on your own time) 

  • Volunteer Info: In your neighborhoods, sidewalks on campus, other areas outside , write a message of hope or encouragement for others to see. Volunteers must provide their own chalk. Please feel free to share your artwork via social media using #masongivesback

CRi (Choice, Respect, Independence) – Kindness Cards (In-person project on campus) 

  • About: CRi is a regional nonprofit that provides resources and supports to individuals with mental health needs and developmental disabilities. COIVD has been especially difficult for the 300+ residents living in the 40 homes supported by CRi. Residents and staff are following strict safety procedures as some individuals are high risk so community excursions are limited to doctor appointments. Even family visits are hosted outdoors or to video calls. With such a drastic change in routine, staff have worked tirelessly to keep residents safe and help them adjust to a new normal where they can’t go to the store, see their friends at the day program, or even go for a walk in their neighborhood.
  • Volunteer Info: Volunteers will be help to make cards for the CRi residents and DSPs to show that they are not forgotten during this crisis. . Many of the resident’s  haven’t seen their families or friends in person due to COVID and most have been homebound because they are some of the most vulnerable members of our community. Change is hard, and it’s especial hard on for those whose lives depend on routine.
  • Time: 11:00am-3:00pm
  • Location: The Hub, Ballroom
  • Mason Project Coordinator: Patty Mathison, Social Action and Integrative Learning

Fairfax Humane Society – Cat Food Donations (Virtual Project – on your own time) 

  • About: The mission of the Humane Society of Fairfax County, Inc. is to promote humane education, to prevent all forms of cruelty to animals, both domestic and wild, by every legitimate means, and to assist the community with all matters pertaining to the welfare of animals.
  • Volunteer Info: We are collecting cat food to for the cats at the Fairfax Humane Society.  Cat food can be purchased from our Amazon Wishlist and we will deliver to the Fairfax Humane Society.
  • Time: This project can take place any day, any time. We are asking that items be purchased from our wishlist no later than September 11th so we can ensure a timely delivery to the Fairfax Humane Society.

Fairfax County Humane Society Farm (In-person project off campus) 

  • Details: Volunteers are needed to help with work (landscaping, building, cleaning, etc.) outside on the farm. Volunteers should be dressed for outdoor work. If you are interested in volunteering for this project, you MUST REGISTER no later than September 6th so we can notify our partner. Volunteers will need to provide their own transportation. We need a minimum of 4 volunteers and no more than 20 volunteers to make this project happen.
  • Volunteer Time Slot: 1:00pm-3:00pm
  • Location:15911 Lee Hwy, Centreville, VA 20121
  • Mason Project Coordinator: Whitney Sublett, Information Technology Services

Mason Chooses Kindness – Chalking Fairfax Campus (In-person project on campus) 

  • Volunteer Info: Volunteers are needed to chalk messages of “kindness” and “hope” around campus. Chalk will be provided and volunteers will be broken into chalking teams to spread messages of kindness around campus.
  • Location: Meet in the Hub Ballroom for chalk and instructions for chalking
  • Time: 11:00am-1:00pm
  • Mason Project Coordinator: Janet Walker, Parking and Transportation

Mason Chooses Kindness – Chalking Sci-Tech Campus (In-person project on campus) 

  • Volunteer Info: Volunteers are needed to chalk messages of “kindness” and “hope” around campus. Chalk will be provided and volunteers will be broken into chalking teams to spread messages of kindness around campus.
  • Location:Sci Tech Campus, Katherine Johnson Hall
  • Time: 11:30pm-12:30pm
  • Mason Project Coordinator: Kerry Hentges, University Life Sci Tech Campus

Mason Chooses Kindness – Chalking Arlington Campus (In-person project on campus) 

  • Volunteer Info: Volunteers are needed to chalk messages of “kindness” and “hope” around campus. Chalk will be provided and volunteers will be broken into chalking teams to spread messages of kindness around campus. No more than 12 volunteers for this project.
  • Location: Arlington Campus – Founders Plaza
  • Time: 12:00pm-1:00pm
  • Mason Project Coordinator: Janet Walker, Parking and Transportation

Northern Virginia Family Services (In-person project off campus) 

  • Volunteer Info: Volunteers are needed to help in person at the Northern Virginia Family Services Thrift Store on September 10th from 10:00am-1:00pm. If you are interested in volunteering for this project, you MUST REGISTER no later than September 6th so we can notify our partner. Volunteers will need to provide their own transportation. We need a minimum of 4 volunteers and no more than 8 volunteers to make this project happen. In addition to registering for the 9/11 Day of Service via Eventbrite, students are also required to make an account via VolunteerHub for NVFS at: http://vhub.at/gmu
  • Location: Northern Virginia Family Services Thrift Store – Annandale
  • Time: 10:00am-1:00pm
  • Mason Project Coordinator: Patty Mathison, Social Action and Integrative Learning

Cram the Cart with Volunteer Fairfax (In-person project on campus) 


Smithsonian Digital Volunteer Program (Virtual Project – on your own time) 

  • Volunteer Info: Volunteers will transcribe, review transcriptions, or edit text in the full process. This project can be done remotely and virtually at anytime. The Smithsonian Digital Volunteer program engages the public in making its collections more accessible. Digital volunteers transcribe historic documents and collection records to facilitate research and preserve these valuable assets for future generations
  • Location: This project can be done remotely and virtually at anytime.
  • Time: This project can be done remotely and virtually at anytime.
  • Mason Project Coordinator: Patty Mathison, Social Action and Integrative Learning

Women Giving Back Drive  (In-person project on campus) 

  • Volunteer Info: Volunteers will help with the sorting and organization of clothing items that have been donated to Women Giving Back. Various donation boxes will be located around campus prior to the day of service to collect items of clothing. If you are interested in donating any clothing, please be sure to deliver to one of our drop-off boxes no later than September 8th.
  • Donation Box Locations: Johnson Center 240K (WGST Center), Horizon Hall 5200, Parking Services , Merten 3100, and The LEAD Office (Hub, Room 2400)
  • Location: The Hub, Ballroom
  • Time: 11:00am-3:00pm
  • Mason Project Coordinator: Angelica Lovelace, Women and Gender Studies

Save the date!

• The 9th Annual Mason Nation 9/11 Day of Service will take place on Friday, September 10, 2021
• More information regarding the 2021 Mason Nation 9/11 Day of Service will be available in early August