President Bush Welcomes New Members of President's Council on Service and Civic Participation

Council Members Sworn In, Launch Radio PSAs

Feb 14, 2006, 00:00 ET from USA Freedom Corps from ,Corporation for National and Community Service

    WASHINGTON, Feb. 14 /PRNewswire/ -- President George W. Bush officially
 welcomed new members of the President's Council on Service and Civic
 Participation to the White House today.
     During the Roosevelt Room meeting, the President talked about his vision
 of a culture of service and compassion in America, and he challenged Council
 members to be "ambassadors" for volunteer service.
     The Council, which President Bush established by Executive Order in
 January 2003 and renewed last year, brings together leaders from the worlds of
 business, entertainment, sports, education, government, nonprofits, and the
 media to promote and recognize outstanding volunteer service and to raise
 awareness of the many ways in which Americans can help meet the vital needs of
 their communities through civic engagement and service.
     The 21 Council members are:
     Stephen Baldwin - Actor                Art Linkletter - Entertainer
     Jean Case - Case Foundation,           Mary Jo Myers - Gen. Myers'
                 President                                  Wife/USO
     Ray Chambers - Philanthropist          Michelle Nunn - Hands On Network,
     Gerald Colangelo - Sports Executive                    Executive Director
     Evern Cooper Epps - UPS Foundation,    Cokie Roberts - News Journalist
                         President          Michael W. Smith - Recording Artist
     Myrka Dellanos - News Anchor/          Wendy Spencer - Volunteer Florida,
                      Journalist,                           Director
                      Univision Network     Roxanne Spillett - Boys & Girls
     Hilary Duff - Recording Artist, Actor                     Clubs, President
     Sara Evans - Recording Artist          Hope Taft - First Lady of Ohio
     Darrell Green - Former NFL Star,       Charles Turlinski - Limited Stores,
                     Community Leader                           President
     Patricia Heaton - Actor                Mark Yudof - University of Texas
     Kasey Kahne - NASCAR, Rookie of the                 System, Chancellor
     Biographical material on each of the members is available at
     "These Council members were selected for their strong track record of
 volunteer service," said Desiree T. Sayle, Deputy Assistant to the President
 and Director of USA Freedom Corps. "During their term on the Council, they
 will work to complement the USA Freedom Corps' mission by promoting volunteer
 service and by working, in their respective sectors, to expand that uniquely
 American spirit of neighbor helping neighbor, whether they live down the
 street or across the country."
     Before meeting with the President and being sworn in by White House Chief
 Legal Counsel Harriet Miers, the Council discussed strategies to encourage
 more Americans to give back to their communities and country through volunteer
     "It's not too often that an Emmy Award winning actress, NASCAR's Rookie of
 the Year, and a university president come together to discuss policy in
 Washington, D.C, but that's what happened today, and I'm looking for great
 things from this outstanding group of Americans," said Kari Dunn, Executive
 Director of the Council.
     In its structure, the President's Council on Service and Civic
 Participation is patterned after the successful President's Council on
 Physical Fitness. Its mission, however, is to encourage "civic fitness" among
 all Americans. One of the first priorities of the Council was to establish a
 volunteer recognition program. Since 2003, the Council has recognized more
 than 311,000 Americans with the President's Volunteer Service Award.
 Information about the Awards program is available at
     "Citizen service is key to solving the challenges of today and of the
 future, from the continuing needs of youth to the aging of America," said
 David Eisner, CEO of the Corporation for National and Community Service, which
 administers the Council. "These public servants are role models for millions
 of Americans in their 'day jobs,' and we hope they will also serve as role
 models in their commitment to giving back to their communities."
     To help spread their message, each member of the President's Council will
 be recording a radio public service announcement that encourages their fellow
 Americans to give back to their communities. The "Make a Difference:
 Volunteer" campaign aims to demonstrate the importance of volunteering and the
 impact it can have not only on those who receive volunteer services, but also
 on volunteers themselves. The radio ads, a number of which are available at, will begin running later this month.
     The Corporation for National and Community Service provides opportunities
 for Americans of all ages and backgrounds to serve their communities and
 country through three programs: Senior Corps, AmeriCorps, and Learn and Serve
 America. Together with the USA Freedom Corps, the Corporation is working to
 build a culture of citizenship, service, and responsibility in America. For
 more information, visit
     In his January 2002 State of the Union Address, President Bush called on
 all Americans to make a difference in their communities and across the globe
 through volunteer service, and he created USA Freedom Corps, an office of the
 White House, to help Americans answer his Call to Service. Visit or call 1-877-USA-CORPS to find an existing volunteer
 service opportunity and to find more information about volunteer service

SOURCE USA Freedom Corps; Corporation for National and Community Service