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1st Global Remembers 9/11 through Freedom Day

In September, 1st Global volunteers participated in community service projects for Freedom Day 2018 through Communities Foundation of Texas (CFT) for Business.

On Tuesday, Sept. 11, 1st Global employees volunteered at Patriot PAWS, a nonprofit organization that provides service dogs at no cost to U.S. veterans. On Saturday, Sept 15, employees and their families volunteered at LOVE In Motion, a nonprofit that shows appreciation to Dallas teachers, police, firefighters and other employees through tangible tokens of appreciation.

At Patriot PAWS, 1st Global volunteers cleaned and organized the dog warehouse, which allows the nonprofit to house and train as many as 25 service dogs at a time for veterans with mobile disabilities and Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD).

At LOVE in Motion,  1st Global volunteers and their families joined other community members to assemble 2,000 appreciation bags, complete with handwritten thank-you notes, to show their gratitude to Dallas teachers and first responders.

By being a part of Freedom Day volunteer efforts, 1st Global employees and their families showed the Dallas community they are dedicated to living out one of the company’s guiding principles, aspiring to servant leadership.

“I believe the purpose of business is to be able to do good in the world,” said 1st Global President David Knoch in the Freedom Day recap video. “It does actually matter, and it does make a difference to be able to give back to all of the amazing organizations here in Dallas that are trying to make our lives a little bit better,” he said.

Watch the Freedom Day 2018 recap video.

View photos from Freedom Day 2018.

A note about CFT’s Freedom Day:

Honoring the lives lost and forever changed on 9/11/01, CFT for Business hosted Freedom Day on September 11th for 20 years. Freedom Day was a community-wide event dedicated to the individuals who fight for our freedom and the first responders who protect us. 

Between 2002 and 2022, Freedom Day brought together 14,000+ volunteers who committed to 50,000+ hours of volunteer service around the September 11 National Day of Service and Remembrance, turning a day of tragedy into a day of doing good.

In 2023, the annual celebration of Freedom Day transitioned into a month-long recognition during National Volunteer Month in April. CFT’s celebration of National Volunteer Month engages the entire North Texas community in volunteer service. CFT continues to recognize the National Day of Service and Remembrance in September by engaging in a local volunteer project.

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