Twelve National Football League (NFL) players were honored on November 30th with the President's Volunteer Service Award for their remarkable volunteer service, particularly by promoting the importance of fitness and health among youth through the NFL’s PLAY 60 campaign.
Members of the President's Council on Service and Civic Participation and the President's Council on Physical Fitness and Sports, as well as senior White House staff, presented awards to players from the 12 home teams on Sunday and additional awards will be presented to players from the remainder of the 32 teams throughout the season.
Liz McCartney, cofounder of a Louisiana nonprofit that engages volunteers and AmeriCorps members to rebuild homes destroyed by Hurricane Katrina, was named the 2008 CNN Hero of the Year at a ceremony Saturday night in Hollywood. McCartney received $100,000 to continue the project’s work in rebuilding homes in St. Bernard Parish. McCartney had already received $25,000 for being one of 10 finalists.
The "CNN Heroes: An All-Star Tribute" ceremony, hosted by AC 360 host Anderson Cooper and featuring musical performances by Christina Aguilera, Alicia Keys, and John Legend, was broadcast on CNN.
November 28th marks the 18th anniversary of Congress signing into law the Take Pride in America Program. On November 28, 1990, the 101st Congress established Take Pride in America to promote the appreciation and stewardship of public lands.
One of the co-sponsors who served then and now, stopped to reflect on the bill’s success. Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid, then a first-term Senator from Nevada, said "This fine program engages people in important service in creative and meaningful ways. Nearly two decades have passed since I first co-sponsored the legislation creating Take Pride in America, and I couldn't have imagined greater success from its efforts. I look forward to many more years of stewardship created by this program to help the next generation to enjoy our lands as we have."
On September 1st, Hurricane Gustav made landfall in the United States along the Louisiana coast as a strong Category 2 hurricane; Hurricane Ike struck the Texas coast on September 13th. Today, national service participants and volunteers in the Gulf Coast region and across the country are responding in the aftermath of Hurricanes Gustav and Ike. The USA Freedom Corps office at the White House and the Corporation for National and Community Service are working in close coordination with numerous federal agencies and state and local leaders to respond to the needs of those affected by the hurricanes.
All residents in the region affected by Hurricane Ike are encouraged to follow the instructions given by local emergency management officials. We are currently urging those who want to help people affected by Hurricane Ike to make cash donations to nonprofit organizations that are active in disaster work.