The South Arkansas Community College Foundation has been awarded a $25,000 Sept. 11 National Day of Service and Remembrance 10th Anniversary Challenge grant from the Corporation for National andCommunity Service, a federal agency.

The award announcement comes following the unveiling of the Arkansas 9.11 Memorial as part of the SouthArk Foundation’s Outdoor Expo, held on Sept. 10.

The grant, funded over a three-year frame, will support the inclusion of an observance of the Sept. 11, 2001, terrorist attacks on the United States as a permanent component of the Expo; the memorial as an educational destination for area citizens; and the organization of annual SouthArk service projects.

“I congratulate the SouthArk Foundation for its commitment to community service and its dedication that led to this award,” said Robert Velasco II, acting chief executive of the Corporation for National and Community Service. “It set a great example for the community, proving that the drive of a few can make a big difference for many.”

The Edward M. Kennedy Serve America Act established Sept. 11 as a National Day of Service and Remembrance and authorized CNCS with supporting service and remembrance activities to honor this day. To promote broad participation in the day of service, CNCS launched the September 11 National Day of Service and Remembrance 10th Anniversary Challenge. Through this initiative, organizations were challenged to bring Americans together in service projects on and around Sept. 11.

Nearly 140 organizations participated in the Challenge, competing for grants that can be used over three years to implement future Sept. 11 projects on a larger scale to benefit their communities. Engaging more than150,000 total volunteers, grants were awarded to the organizations that were determined to have the largest numbers of volunteers in each of their respective categories.

The Foundation grant proposal noted that upwards of 2,000 volunteers are expected to help carry out the grant’s components.

The Corporation for National and Community Service includes agencies like AmeriCorps and Learn and Serve America.

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