2013-07-12 / Community

9/11 Memorial Seeks Volunteers

By Katie McFadden

Have some free time? The 9/11 Memorial is looking for volunteers.

Local resident Dean Georges has been volunteering at the 9/11 Memorial in Lower Manhattan since it opened on the 10th anniversary of the terrorist attacks on September 11, 2001. The memorial sees 15,000 to 17,000 people a day and with the museum portion expected to open sometime next year, Georges says, the attraction could use more helpers. “We’re going to need more volunteers like myself for the museum,” Georges said.

Rockaway took a hard hit on September 11, 2001 as about 70 locals and summer residents lost their lives. The names of those people are engraved into the walls that surround the two reflecting pools of the memorial, along with the names of the other thousands of victims.

Those interested in volunteering can apply by visiting www.911memorial.org/volunteer. All volunteers must be at least 18 years old and must be able to commit to working at least 12 hours per month, which is scheduled in shifts of four hours. A volunteer must work at least one shift every other week and must agree to a service commitment of at least three months. Volunteers who are selected must complete a basic orientation and training session.

Georges started volunteering at the memorial as he was looking for something to do after retiring and he highly recommends it. “I absolutely love it. You meet people from all over the world and it’s phenomenal,” he said. Volunteers help facilitate visits and provide useful information. Georges has continued to volunteer despite going through his own hardship after losing everything when his ground floor apartment on the beach block flooded during Hurricane Sandy.

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