When people do good in their community, you create strength, you foster hope, and inspire people. When communities grow stronger, there is no room for the hatred left.
-Sonia Diaz Agron
Sonia Diaz Agron was born and raised in the Bronx and still lives there today. Her father was an early influence in volunteering through his time giving back to their church. Sonia has volunteered throughout life, whether as an EMT or at her daughter’s school. That dedication to volunteerism was only heightened after the events September 11th, 2001.
Sonia’s husband Jose was a first responder to the World Trade Center that day and for many difficult moments Sonia thought she lost him. He survived and in the wake of all that devastation, the couple turned to helping others.
“There was just so much loss that day,” said Sonia. “We became a family of volunteers after that.”
Sonia now volunteers at the 9/11 Tribute Center sharing her personal story with visitors. Her husband gives his time to the center as well. As part of her work there she has traveled as far away as Japan to tell people the story of 9/11.
“When I found the tribute center I thought it would be office work, but they wanted the volunteers to tell their stories and do walking tours,” said Sonia. “I am able to help people understand what happened and in the process, I also heal myself.”
Cabot found Sonia through her use of the Reward Volunteers program, which gives prizes to volunteers who log their hours online and share with friends. She found Reward Volunteers on Facebook and says she loves its power of raising awareness for an organization she cares so deeply about.
Sonia will be joined on the cruise by her husband Jose. Alaska has long been on their bucket list and they are excited to be onboard. In her spare time Sonia loves to write and one of her pieces was even featured in the book series Chicken Soup for the Soul.