9/11 National Day of Service and Remembrance Memorial Gardens
The National Society for American Indian Elderly is privileged to announce that the Corporation for National and Community Service has deemed our September 11 National Day of Service and Remembrance 10th Anniversary Challenge project eligible for a $50,000 challenge grant.
The Corporation for National and Community Service is supporting those affected by the tragedy of 9/11 who have joined together to rebuild their lives and establish a tribute to honor family and friends who have sacrificed and served. The 10th Anniversary Challenge seeks to inspire the same spirit of unity, compassion and sense of community that was seen in the days following 9/11. The goal of the challenge is to plan and execute a service project that will benefit members of the community, encourage reflection, honor the heroes who served as a result of the attacks, and offer those most affected by the tragedy of 9/11 an opportunity to heal. Grants for the highest level of volunteer participation will be given in individual competitive pools and will be used to engage more volunteers over the next three years in honor of the September 11 National Day of Service and Remembrance.
The NSAIE has designed a 9/11 Day of Service and Remembrance – Memorial Gardens in Tribal Communities project that will expand elder gardens in 10 Tribal communities that currently engage community members and provide food for elder service programs. These expansions will create a space that commemorates those who have answered their Nations’ call and made the ultimate sacrifice. The NSAIE will engage its AmeriCorps VISTA members who have been placed in Tribal Communities across the United States and Guam to create the memorial gardens.
Creating memorial gardens will require volunteers from the community to perform several days’ worth of mowing, clearing, weeding, painting, and building to make their gardens not just functional but a place of peace and reflection. Each location will be able to add to the garden in ways that are most meaningful to the community.