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'
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,
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
http://www.volunteer.gov, 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 http://www.nationalservice.gov.
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
http://www.volunteer.gov 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