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AARP’s “Day of Service” - An Annual Remembrance of Sept. 11

September 1, 2011

INDIANAPOLIS, Ind. - Following the attacks of 9/11, AARP established a "Day Of Service" to foster volunteerism. Each September, AARP encourages its employees, members and others around the country to volunteer a day in their communities.

It's a way to remember those who died as a result of the attacks and to honor those who gave selflessly in the aftermath of the tragedy in 2001, says June Lyle, state director of AARP Indiana.

"We always kind of keep that memory of 9/11 in the background as we're doing our community-service effort."

In the past, Lyle says, the organization has tried to coordinate volunteer activities on the actual 9/11 date. However, the 10th anniversary falls this year on a Sunday. She suggests that people visit the AARP website, CreateTheGood.org, to find volunteer activities in their area.

Whether they have five minutes, five hours or five days, the website can help people find volunteer activities close to home, Lyle says.

"You can go on there, plug in your ZIP code and identify all kinds of volunteer opportunities in your area."

AARP is involved in volunteer activities throughout the year, but the Sept. 11 "Day of Service" is special, Lyle says.

"AARP members, AARP staff and AARP volunteers take one day out of the year to really think about giving back."

Employees in AARP offices all over Indiana will take part this year by, among other things, helping in food banks and visiting nursing homes, she adds.

More information is available at http://createthegood.org.

Leigh DeNoon, Public News Service - IN