We transform tragedy into HOPE

We build hope and provide healing to people around the world as a way to continually “Pay It Forward” for the humanity, kindness, and volunteer spirit New Yorkers – and all Americans – experienced on 9/12

The mosaic below is hundreds of pictures of people in our ARMY of HOPE!  Zoom in close to find yourself.
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Photo mosaic by: sheffmauer @ Mosaically


New York Says Thank You Foundation operates five inter-related programs
focused on survivor empowerment in disaster relief, education, and the arts.

2004 Harbison Canyon, CA

The First Build - Flew 14 volunteers from NYC, 11 of them FDNY firefighters, 3 of them survivors of the North Tower, to Harbison Canyon, CA where we help rebuild a house.

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2005 Utica, IL

We sent 30 volunteers to Utica, Illinois to help replant trees following a deadly tornado. Eight residents of Harbison Canyon,CA volunteered in IL as their way to “Pay It Forward.”

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2005-2006 Hurricane Katrina – Tony Nata

28 trips to the Gulf Coast - We make life-changing impacts on Hurricane Katrina survivors battling life-threatening illness and provide life-changing experiences for our volunteers.

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2006 DeGonia Springs, IN – Baker’s Chapel

We rebuild Baker Chapel, a small country church in DeGonia Springs, Indiana which was destroyed in a deadly tornado.

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2007 Groesbeck, TX – The Vincent’s

We help rebuild a tornado-ravaged home for the Vincents, a family that has cared for disabled veterans for 3 generations and who serve as the leadership of their town’s volunteer fire department.

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Stars of HOPE is Born

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2008 Greensburg, KS

Greensburg was 95% destroyed by an EF-5 tornado. The 4H barn is the heart and soul of the community and key to the healing process.

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2009 Little Sioux, IA

We help rebuild the Little Sioux Scout camp where four boy scouts died in a tornado. We had 1,400 volunteers that weekend.

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2010 Mena, AR

We rebuilt 3 homes and a 4-H community center

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The National 9/11 Flag

September 1, 2010 - The 50-state restoration tour kicks off at the State Capitol Building in Little Rock, AR.

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The 9/12 Generation Project

On September 12, 2011 we launch The 9/12 Generation Project to teach students about 9/11 through the filter of kindness, humanity, and volunteer spirit we experienced on 9/12.

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2011 Ellijay, GA

We rebuild Build An Ark Animal Rescue in Ellijay, GA that was destroyed in a tornado in April. 2,000 volunteers show up at site to help rebuild.

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2012 Annie’s House – Bottineau, ND

We build a ski lodge to teach disabled kids and wounded warriors how to ski in honor of Ann Nicole Nelson, a resident of North Dakota who died at Cantor Fitzgerald in the WTC on 9/11.

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2013 Long Beach, NY

We rebuild 13 first responder homes across New York and Long Island in one weekend with hundreds of NYSTY volunteers from across the United States. In 2 years, we help rebuild a total of 130 homes for first responder families displaced by Hurricane Sandy.

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2014 Bethel Acres, OK – 1 Day Ranch

We rebuild 1 Day ranch, a horse rescue, therapeutic riding, and animal education center. Over 750 local students participate in rebuilding weekend through 9/12 Generation Project, and Stars of HOPE.

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What will our next project be?

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Over 40,000 Volunteers and Growing!