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President Barack Obama Joins President George H.W. Bush to Celebrate the 20th Anniversary of the 'Points of Light' Volunteer Movement and Extend the Call of Service to the Nation
Date:10/16/2009

amatic expansion of national service and a Volunteer Generation Fund and Social Innovation fund to fuel human capital and change. President and Mrs. Obama made a call to action called United We Serve, and the Points of Light and Hands On Network became the largest on-the-ground support network answering the call, mobilizing and training a record number of volunteers.

According to Nunn, "HandsOn Action Centers reported more than 31,266 distinctive projects and volunteer referrals, experiencing a 60 percent growth in total volunteer "sign-ups" from the same period in 2008. At the conclusion of the summer service effort on Sept. 11, HandsOn Network orchestrated more than 919 projects, a 51 percent increase in Network participation compared to September 11, 2008.

President Obama and President Bush are expected to salute the volunteers that drove this response to the United We Serve campaign and the HandsOn affiliates across the country that is accelerating the impactful use of volunteers. The two presidents will meet and deliver remarks at the Bush Presidential Library in College Station, in front of 2000 service leaders from across the United States, students from the Texas A&M University and more than 250 recipients of the Daily Points of Light Award for volunteering.

The Presidential Service Forum will be webcast at www.georgebushfoundation.org.

[Editor Note: Facts about American Volunteerism Attached]

About Points of Light Institute

Points of Light Institute inspires, equips and mobilizes people to take action that changes the world. The Institute has a global focus to redefine volunteerism and civic engagement for the 21st century, putting people at the center of community problem solving. We operate three dynamic business units that share our mission: HandsOn Network, MissionFish and the Civic Incubator. We are organize
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