President Bush created USA Freedom Corps (USAFC) to build on the countless acts of service, sacrifice, and generosity that followed September 11th. When he announced USAFC in his 2002 State of the Union Address, President Bush called on all Americans to serve a cause greater than themselves. Since then, USAFC has helped Americans answer that call, and the American people are responding.
What We Do
As a White House office, USAFC is charged with building a culture of service, citizenship, and responsibility in America. USAFC promotes and expands volunteer service in America by partnering with national service programs, working to strengthen the non-profit sector, recognizing volunteers, and helping to connect individuals with volunteer opportunities.
- Stronger National Service Programs – Under President Bush's leadership, the Corporation for National and Community Service has seen AmeriCorps grow by 50 percent to support 75,000 AmeriCorps members each year, Senior Corps has supported more than 500,000 older volunteers annually, and Learn and Serve America has supported more than one million students in service each year. Peace Corps has reached their 30-year high in the number of volunteers in the field. And, nearly 2,000 communities in all 56 states and territories have established Citizen Corps Councils to help inform and train citizens in emergency preparedness.
- Volunteer Network – USAFC offers a website, www.volunteer.gov, and a toll-free number, 1-877-USA-CORPS, for Americans to find existing volunteer service opportunities in their area. This search-friendly database includes over 4 million volunteer opportunities from organizations across the country.
- President’s Volunteer Service Award – The President's Volunteer Service Award was created by President Bush to recognize outstanding volunteers. The Award is available to Americans of all ages who complete a significant amount of service to their communities. To date, over 662,000 individuals have received the President’s Volunteer Service Award.
- Greeter Program – To thank community volunteers for making a difference in the lives of others, President Bush greets an outstanding local volunteer when Air Force One arrives at cities throughout the country. The President has met more than 600 volunteers since March 2002. The greeters are nominated for this honor by local volunteer organizations.
- USA Freedom Corps Kids Website – In 2004, USA Freedom Corps launched www.volunteerkids.gov to engage and inspire young people to perform community service. Children can find games and ideas designed to show them how they can make a difference in their schools and neighborhoods.
Answering the Call to Service
On September 8th, 2008, USA Freedom Corps issued a report, “Answering the Call to Service,” which details the work of the initiative to help improve communities and change lives over nearly seven years under the President’s leadership. The report details the response from the millions of individuals who have answered the President’s Call to Service and used their power and energy to affect communities across America.
Alison Young was commissioned as Special Assistant to the President and Deputy Director of USA Freedom Corps on February 2, 2008, and currently serves as Acting Director. In this role, Ms. Young serves as an advisor on numerous issues and causes advancing President Bush’s Call to Service. Read more