Remembering September 11: How America Has Changed

"Nothing will ever be the same" was our constant refrain after the terrorist attacks. But how different are we today, really?

By Reader's Digest Editors

9/11Brian Stauffer for Reader’s Digest

We volunteer more.
After 9/11, the number of Americans who did volunteer work rose steadily, growing to nearly 29 percent by 2005, up from around 20 percent in the late 20th century. The 63 million Americans who donate their time today average 34.2 hours a year, providing $169 billion worth of services annually, free of charge.

And aging Americans’ second acts will increase those numbers even more. “Seventy-six million people will be looking for an ‘encore career’ soon, and engaging them in highly skilled opportunities will be crucial,” says Heather Peeler, chief strategy officer at the Corporation for National and Community Service. “We’re already seeing nonprofits gearing up to accommodate baby boomers.” Match your skills to a volunteer effort by visiting mygooddeed.org or serve.gov.

Next: How your lives changed »

Become more interesting every week!

Get our Read Up newsletter

Sending Message
how we use your e-mail

  • Your Comments

    • bekasair

      the most greatest war starter of all. god bless america?

    • commonsense@apl.com

      The USA is the largest police state in world history, far outpacing Nazi germany.
      We are complacent sheep, drones watched by drones.

    • mtj3134

      After 9/11 we all lost out…. Invading the wrong country, the Patriot Act, Homeland Securtiy and the TSA..
      All ways in which to inhibit our freedom and all ways that the bad guys will find a way around.