The Edward M. Kennedy Community Service Award is presented to an individual or organization demonstrating outstanding service to a community-based organization or issue. During the award presentation ceremonies, AAAA President ReNee S. Dunman stated that recipients “are to be commended for their lives in service to the disadvantaged and are distinguished role models for the next generation.”
Military Missions in Action (MMIA), a N.C. non-profit organization, provides services to veterans who have suffered serious injury resulting in disability.
The majority of services provided involve home modifications so that they may live safely and independently in their own homes.
The work performed by MMIA is completed by volunteers. Materials are donated or purchased with funds from a variety of sources including fund-raising events hosted by private and community organizations.
In addition, MMIA has received funding from local businesses and grants from Wal-Mart and the Town of Fuquay-Varina.