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National Volunteer Week

President George W. Bush has released the following statement as part of a proclamation declaring April 27-May 3, 2008 to be National Volunteer Week 2008.  In it, he recognizes the service of citizens through the USA Freedom Corps.

Through volunteer work, Americans can demonstrate the kindness and generosity that make our Nation great.  Mentoring a child, teaching someone to read, visiting the elderly, feeding the hungry, and finding shelter for the homeless are all examples of how Americans can and do aid those in need.  Americans are volunteering in record numbers.  Each year, millions of Americans volunteer, and more of our fellow citizens are discovering that the pursuit of happiness leads to the path of service.  The cumulative effort of the love and compassion from our Nation’s volunteers will help secure a more hopeful future for all our citizens.

My Administration remains committed to building a culture of service, citizenship, and responsibility.  The USA Freedom Corps strengthens civic engagement and volunteer service in America and helps people connect with volunteer opportunities.  By visiting the USA Freedom Corps website at volunteer.gov, individuals can find information about ways they can help in their local areas and across the country.

The USA Freedom Corps was created in 2002 by President Bush in correlation with his challenge to all Americans to commit 2 years – 4000 hours – in service over the course of their lifetime.  The USAFC works to build “a culture of service, citizenship, and responsibility in America.”  The Freedom Corps works with the Corporation for National and Community Service, AmeriCorps, Learn & Serve America, the Peace Corps and Senior Corps to provide volunteer opportunities to all Americans.  

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President Bush recognizes Senior Corps through proclamation

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Today, President George W. Bush highlighted Senior Corps through a proclamation recognizing Older Americans Month 2008.

Every week thousands of older Americans give back to their communities by volunteering through groups like Senior Corps. From teaching young children how to read, to helping provide relief to those affected by natural disasters, seniors play an important and compassionate role in our Nation.

Senior Corps taps the skills, talents, and experience of nearly 500,000 Americans age 55 and older to meet a wide range of community challenges through three main programs: RSVP, the Foster Grandparent Program, and the Senior Companion Program.

  • RSVP volunteers help local police departments conduct safety patrols, participate in environmental projects, provide intensive educational services to children and adults, and respond to natural disasters, among many other activities. 
  • Foster Grandparents serve one-on-one as tutors and mentors to young people with special needs. 
  • Senior Companions help homebound seniors and other adults maintain independence in their own homes.

Click here to learn more about Senior Corps, its programs, and their impact.

 

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