September 11th, it's a day that conjures up many different feelings in all Americans, from sadness and despair to remembrance and hope for a better future. As we all pause and reflect on that dark day in history, all Americans are called upon to serve their fellow man and shine a light of service in honor of the nearly 3,000 souls who perished that day. In this month’s we take a look at how one group spent September 11th helping those in need.
"It's a great opportunity to give back to the community that we serve and that we live," says Zions Bank Branch Manager Rob McMinn.
For the past six years, employees at Zions Bank have participated in the United Way Day of Caring and for that over half decade workers have been spending that day volunteering at the Idaho Foodbank.
"We’re going to be assembling backpacks for the schools in our community," said Branch Manager Mark McOmber.
According to numbers provided by the Foodbank, employees were planning on filling over 2,000 of the bags for the Backpack Program, filling the pantry's stores for about one month. The program provides in need students with two breakfasts, two lunches, two dinners, and two snacks to take home over the weekend. Branch Manager, Mark McOmber joined in the middle of the well-established tradition.
"I was impressed with Zions Bank's commitment to the city of Pocatello and happy to be able to assist in providing service through the Foodbank," McOmber said.
But for the veteran, it's a cause he's proud to support.
"I’ve got kids so I appreciate the Backpack Program for those kids that need food over the weekend and need that additional support," said McMinn. "To me, that's the most rewarding part of working with the Idaho Foodbank and giving our time and service here."
"I think it's important to serve the communities where we live to help collectively build a better community," McOmber said. "Pocatello is a great city to live, a great city to raise families, but, we can make it even greater and maintain its status as a great place by continually finding ways to serve," McOmber said.
For a list of different ways you can volunteer any day of the year, you can visit seidahovolunteer.org