9/11: The Volunteers Who Helped New York City Recover

The thing that I will remember most about 9/11 and the weeks that followed was the tremendous outpouring of love and community support that was on display in New York City.    Thousands of people lined up to volunteer outside hospitals and the convention center. Citizens organized themselves into ad-hoc volunteer groups in the immediate aftermath, building stretchers or shuttling water and clean socks to the firefighters and construction workers on "the pile."

A center of the volunteer effort was St. Paul's Chapel, an Episcopal church a few short blocks from the World Trade Center. It's a historic, "George Washington was here" congregation and it's estimated that the staff organized some 10,000 volunteers following the attack.