The day terrorists attacked New York City, Pennsylvania, and Washington, D.C., attacks responsible for enormous property damage and the loss of thousands of lives, The September 11 Fund was initiated immediately by the United Way of New York City and The New York Community Trust. The mission of the September 11 Fund was to immediately ômobilize resources to respond to the pressing needs of victims and their families,ö (Education, 2001, p. 3). The September 11 Fund provided immediate support to agencies that are established, like the Red Cross, the Salvation Army, the American Way, and the Federal Emergency Management Association (FEMA), (How, 2005).
The Fund was established the same day as the attacks on America, with grants being made just eleven days later. To date, the Fund has provided more than $528 million in funding through 559 grants to agencies and organizations that ôprovide cash assistance, legal counseling, grief therapy, job training and placement, and other servicesö for the victims, families, and others directly affected by the events of September 11, (How, 2005, p. 1). The criteria for funding and grants was that recipients be a non-profit agency or organization ôwith the expertise to meet a wide range of needs quickly,ö (About, 2005, p. 1).
The local delivery system and structure of the September 11 Fund, which is scheduled to close soon, is dependent upon the types of local services that are being delivered. For instance, surviving family members are eligible for cash assistance and a variety of service from counseling and legal advice to job training and educational scholarships. Those living in New York City were to call the September 11th Support Hotline (866-689-HELP) and those in Washington, D.C. were to call the SurvivorÆs Fund (866-994-HOPE), (How, 2005, p. 2). Those who were injured and required a hospital stay are eligible for cash assistance and other services, prov