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Over the past 19 years, Freedom Day events have brought together more than 14,000 volunteers, who donated a total of more than 50,000 volunteer service hours on 9/11, the National Day of Service and Remembrance, to turn a day of tragedy into a day of doing good. On Freedom Day 2019, a record-breaking 1,500 volunteers supported 24 nonprofits across 35 projects.

The unprecedented COVID-19 pandemic, recent economic crisis, and urgent demands to end systemic racism have created tremendous need in our community. This year’s Freedom Day will activate volunteers to help nonprofit partners meet growing needs related to these issues, with a focus on building thriving communities for all. Volunteers will be activated in 18 virtual, remote, and physically distanced projects.

This year, the theme of Equity and Justice for All is woven throughout the day. The volunteer projects selected and educational breaks between projects were chosen through the lens of equity and justice. Participating nonprofits detailed how they are working to achieve equity and justice prior to being selected. 

As we gather and serve in remembrance of the lives lost and forever changed by the tragic events of 9/11/2001, we focus our efforts on building thriving communities for all. We are grateful to each of our volunteers including our member company and CFT employees, CFT fund holders, and immediate families.

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View the 2020 Freedom Day Program

Check out CFT's Freedom Day 2020 schedule below, and click on the location to join the virtual experiences. 

Virtual Experience
Time Online Location Featured Nonprofit Project
8:30 – 9:00 AM Zoom Webinar Featuring Pastor Richie Butler, CFT trustee, and Founder, Project Unity Opening Ceremony Live Stream
9:15 – 10:45 AM Equity Catholic Charities Encouraging notes
Justice Mosaic Family Services Activity Recordings (breakout)
Encouraging notes (breakout)
Freedom Special Olympics Texas S.O. Connected Videos
Independence #StopOne Suicide prevention workshop
10:55 – 11:40 AM Liberty Lone Star Justice Alliance
DKMS
SMU Human Rights
SMU The Collective Series
Education and Learning Break
11:45 – 12:45 PM Liberty Featuring Jerry Hawkins, Executive Director, and Stephanie Drenka, Communications Director, for Dallas Truth, Racial Healing & Transformation Lunch & Learn – History and Language Matters
12:45 – 2:15 PM Equity Featuring Jerry Hawkins, Executive Director, and Stephanie Drenka, Communications Director, for Dallas Truth, Racial Healing & Transformation Change the narrative interviews
Justice Texas Health Resources Thanking healthcare heroes
Freedom Unbound Fort Worth Encouraging notes for human trafficking survivors
Independence Military Veteran Peer Network Military cultural competency
1:00 – 2:10 PM Unity At Ease TX Paint ‘n Flip
2:15 – 3:20 PM Liberty All Stars Project
Project Unity
United to Learn
Education and Learning Break
3:30 – 4:45 PM Equity Birthday Party Project Birthday cards and notes
Justice Cohen Military Family Clinic Encouraging notes
Freedom The Senior Source Encouraging notes
4:55 – 5:00 PM Liberty Communities Foundation of Texas Closing Comments
5:00 – 5:30 PM Liberty Dance Party Celebration

Physically Distanced Projects
Time Location Nonprofit  
8:30 – 11:30 AM 3677 Mapleshade Lane, Plano, TX 75075 North Texas Food Bank Sorting and Packing Food Boxes
8:30 AM – 1:00 PM 254 Ranch Trail, Rockwall, TX 75032 Patriot PAWS Service Dogs
214.709.5899
Fall Landscape Cleanup
8:30 AM – 3:00 PM 700 S Good Latimer Expy, Dallas, TX 75226 Farmers Assisting Returning Military (F.A.R.M.) Fall farm and garden work
11:00 AM – 3:00 PM CVS Parking Lot next door to Hunger Busters
3030 Sylvan Avenue Dallas, TX 75212
Hunger Busters Operation Summer Healthy Food Box - drive thru food distribution
12:30 – 3:30 PM 3677 Mapleshade Lane, Plano, TX 75075 North Texas Food Bank Sorting and Packing Food Boxes



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Freedom Day 2020: In the news


NBCDFW: Communities Foundation of Texas to Kick Off 19th Annual Freedom Day on 9/11​

Plano Star Courier: Local non-profit centers 9/11 service day around theme “Equity and Justice for All”

View the 2020 Freedom Day press release

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Read the media coverage from Freedom Day 2019

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