First responders in Arkadelphia received cookies and cakes on the anniversary of 9/11 on Monday from Senior Companions from Area Agency on Aging.
First responders in Arkadelphia received cookies and cakes on the anniversary of 9/11 on Monday from Senior Companions from Area Agency on Aging. The Senior Companions wanted to honor them for all they do in Clark County, and honor the first responders who dealt with the tragedies in New York and Pennsylvania.
The Senior Companion Program at Area Agency on Aging is sponsored by the Corporation for National and Community Service (CNCS) through Senior Corps, which is a national organization of Americans age 55+ who use their experience to volunteer and make a difference in their communities.
The September 11th National Day of Service and Remembrance, which the Senior Companion Program participates in each year, is the culmination of efforts originally launched in 2002 by the nonprofit 9/11 Day, with wide support by the 9/11 community and leading national service organizations. This effort first established the inspiring tradition of engaging in charitable service on 9/11 as an annual and forward-looking tribute to the 9/11 victims, survivors, and those who rose up in service in response to the attacks. Jenny Bain, Director of the Senior Companion Program, said, “This Day of Service is always so special to us. It makes our hearts happy to be able to thank those that are there for us in our most emergent time of need. This event has really taken off for our Volunteers and we look forward to it every year.”
According to the Senior Corp web site, in 2009, Congress designated September 11th as a National Day of Service and Remembrance under bipartisan federal law, and charged the CNCS with helping to support this effort across the country. For the anniversary, CNCS is working with 9/11 Day and numerous other organizations to implement one of the largest days of charitable service in U.S. history.
If you would like to volunteer to be a senior companion in the Clark County area, or would like more information about the program, please call 870-246-8708.