Harrison, NJ (Sept 9, 2019) - For the seventh consecutive year, the New York Red Bulls kicked off its annual 11 Days of Service today, Monday September 9, with a visit to Partnerships for Parks at Tompkins Square Park in New York City. The Red Bulls created the 11 Days of Service initiative to run in conjunction with September 11 - the national day of service and remembrance.
Rather than participate in just one day of service, Red Bulls players, coaches and front office staff will participate in 11 different community activations as a tribute to both the victims and survivors from the attacks of September 11, 2001.
"This organization takes great pride in our collective commitment to the community," said Marc de Grandpre, General Manager, New York Red Bulls. "11 Days of Service has become the pillar of our club's philanthropic initiatives.Throughout the month, our players, coaches, front office staff and valued partners take action in assisting our neighbors to honor the heroes from the tragic events of 9/11."
The following are the confirmed Days of Service events (dates are subject to change):
September 9 from 10:00am -1:00pm - Partnerships for Parks with Tompkins Square Park - New York, NY
Staff painted the park's interior benches.
September 11 from 11:00am-2:00pm - Harrison Fire Department - Harrison, NJ
Staff will be serving lunch to the fire and police departments in Harrison and thanking them for their service.
September 13 from 9:00am -1:30pm - Branch Brook Park- Newark, NJ - Partnership with Bayer
In partnership with Bayer and Jersey Cares, staff will be participating in a park clean up and restoration.
September 18 from 11:00am - 2:30pm - Mt. Pleasant Animal Shelter, East Hanover, NJ
Members of the organization will be helping the animal shelter get ready for their fundraiser at the end of September. Staff will also be helping with cleaning the kennels, laundry, washing out the dog/cat bowls etc.
September 20 from 9:00am -12:00 pm - Community FoodBank of NJ, Hillside, NJ
Staff will be assisting culinary staff with food prep for lunches as well as sorting donated food.
September 24 from 9:00am - 2:00pm - Camden Street Elementary School - Partnership with Horizon
In partnership with Jersey Cares, painting line games, canvas murals and some other general painting. The staff will assemble picnic tables, benches as well as some raised garden beds to provide students with additional areas for outdoor socialization. Other activities include general landscaping and outdoor clean-up, storage organization, classroom set up, and kit assembly.
September 25 (Time TBD) - Hospital for Special Surgery, New York, NY - Partnership with Speedway
Players and staff partnering with Speedway to donate a Starlight Children's Fun Center to Hospital for Special Surgery for patients to enjoy.
September 25 from 9:30am-3:30pm- Habitat for Humanity, Livingston, NJ - Partnership with TriHonda
Refurbishing a home alongside our partners at Tri Honda. Volunteer work may include insulation, rough-in electrical, sheetrock, flooring etc.
September 26 (Time TBD) - Hackensack Meridian Health, Hackensack, NJ - Partnership with Speedway
Players and staff are partnering with Speedway to donate a Starlight Children's Fun Center to Hackensack Meridian Health for patients to enjoy.
September 27 from 1:30pm-5:30pm - America Scores, West Harlem, NY
Assisting the after school program, America Scores, in their tournament day. Staff will be setting up the fields, distributing snacks, supporting coaches and refereeing games and clean up.
September 29 - Halloween Costume Drive at Red Bull Arena
For thousands of children across New Jersey, the Halloween traditions of costumes, candy and trick-or-treating are anything but magical. For these children, Halloween costumes often don't make the list of essentials in the family budget. Help Jersey Cares bring imagination and magic to life for children living in New Jersey by donating new and gently used Halloween costumes for children up to 14 years old.
September 30 from 10:00pm - 3:00pm - Community Soup Kitchen & Outreach Center - Morristown, NJ
The Community Soup Kitchen & Outreach Center host a free farmers market on Mondays and Fridays. Staff will be helping to serve the market produce and help with the clean-up. We will also be prepping and serving the lunch meal.