—9/07/17—INDIANAPOLIS – American Legion Auxiliary (ALA) National Headquarters has awarded $38,000 to American Legion Family entities and organizations working with local ALA units and departments across the nation to conduct September 11 National Day of Service and Remembrance projects and activities to benefit veterans, military, and local communities. Recipients of the grant include American Legion Family entities, Blue Star Families, YMCA entities, and colleges and universities, including Texas A&M.
ALA National Headquarters was awarded a grant this summer provided by the Corporation for National and Community Service (CNCS) to sub grant up to 50 awards of $1,000 each for September 11 National Day of Service and Remembrance projects. The ALA received an overwhelming number of applications for the grant, and awarded $38,000 to American Legion Family entities or organizations working with local ALA units and departments across the nation to conduct September 11 National Day of Service and Remembrance activities that will take place between Sept. 8-13. In addition to meeting the project requirements, grant recipients were also required to provide an additional $250 in cash or in-kind donations – making the project total $1,250.
“The American Legion Auxiliary is thrilled to be able to make an impact on the lives of veterans, military, and their families — in communities big and small — through this grant,” said Linda Boone, president of the ALA Foundation Board of Directors. “Each project is so unique in how it aides veterans in their local communities. It was a lot of fun to review all of the applications and see what ALA members and communities are doing to support our nation’s heroes.”
The September 11 National Day of Service and Remembrance honors the sacrifice of those who lost their lives on Patriot Day, or who rose in service as a result of that tragedy. It has grown to become the largest annual day of charitable service in the United States. Grants will benefit veterans, military, and their families by addressing veterans’ community needs such as reintegration, employment, higher education, housing and community facility improvement, and youth civics education. Each service project will incorporate a reflection activity around the September 11, 2001 terror attacks against the United States.
CNCS, a federal agency that helps millions of Americans improve the lives of their fellow citizens through service, works hand in hand with local partners to serve, build, and make an impact that changes lives and communities.
About the ALA: American Legion Auxiliary members have dedicated themselves for nearly a century to meeting the needs of our nation’s veterans, military, and their families both here and abroad. They volunteer millions of hours yearly, with a value averaging $2 billion each year. As part of the world’s largest women’s patriotic service organization, ALA volunteers across the country also step up to honor veterans and military through annual scholarships and with ALA Girls State programs, teaching high school juniors to be leaders grounded in patriotism and Americanism. To learn more about the ALA’s mission or to volunteer, donate or join, visit www.ALAforVeterans.org.
Contact: Kristen Geczy at 317-569-4566 (office) or 850-814-6684 (cell); kgeczy@ALAforVeterans.org