Montana's senior U.S. Senator Max Baucus announced today the University of Montana has been awarded a $75,000 September 11th National Day of Service and Remembrance grant from the Corporation for National and Community Service (CNCS).
The grant will support the American Red Cross-Campus Compact 9/11 Collaboration project. Specifically, it will allow project managers to train 2,000 people to prepare for and respond to disasters in rural areas on 15 campuses in Montana, North Dakota, South Dakota and Wyoming through the American.
"This is a wise investment in Montana and an appropriate way to honor and respect all of those who lost their lives on September 11th. When disasters strike, it's the Montana way to help our neighbors. This grant will help the University of Montana go one step further in preparing volunteers to serve fellow Montanans and rural residents across the region," said Baucus.
ABOUT THE GRANT...
Beginning in 2002, family members who lost loved ones in the September 11, 2001 terrorist attacks began to seek a forward-looking tribute to honor the sacrifice of those lost and honor those who rose up in service in response to the tragedy. By encouraging Americans to participate in service activities on the 9/11 anniversary, family members found a productive and respectful way to honor those who perished and rekindle the spirit of unity and compassion that swept our nation after 9/11 to help meet the challenges we face today.
The Edward M. Kennedy Serve America Act established September 11th as a National Day of Service and Remembrance and authorized CNCS with supporting service and volunteer activities to commemorate this day. To promote broad participation in this day, CNCS launched the September 11 National Day of Service and Remembrance.
Through this initiative, organizations are challenged to bring more Americans together in volunteer service that meets vital community needs. This annual events honors the sacrifice of those who lost their lives in the tragic events of that day and those who rose up in service as result of that tragedy.
Organizations applied for two-year grants ranging from $50,000 to $150,000 to implement future September 11th projects, focusing on three areas: Capacity Building, Disaster Services and/or Veterans and Military Families.
Grants were awarded to organizations that demonstrated opportunities to increase participation in the day of service over a two-year period. Each organization will use their grant for September 11th activities in 2012-2014.
The Corporation for National and Community Service is a federal agency that engages more than five million Americans in service through its Senior Corps, AmeriCorps, and Social Innovation Fund programs, and leads President Obama's national call to service initiative, United We Serve. For more information, visit NationalService.gov.