President's Volunteer Service Award A Prestigious National Honor for Volunteer Service
The Marquette County Community Foundation today announced it has awarded 8 volunteers with the PRESIDENT’S VOLUNTEER SERVICE AWARD, a national honor offered in recognition of volunteer service.
Established in 2003, the AWARD is available on an annual basis to individuals, groups and families who have met or exceeded requirements for volunteer service and have demonstrated exemplary citizenship through volunteering. As one of thousands of Certifying Organizations participating in the AWARD program, the Marquette County Community Foundation confers the award to recognize the outstanding achievements of its volunteers.
The Marquette County Community Foundation has a long history of volunteer service, and more than 75 volunteers perform community service each year on behalf of the organization.
“In his 2002 State of the Union Address, President George W. Bush created the USA Freedom Corps, and called on every American to make a lifelong commitment to volunteer service. The PRESIDENT’S VOLUNTEER SERVICE AWARD recognizes individuals and families who have answered that call,” said Dr. Carole Touchinski, of the Marquette County Community Foundation. This years Presidential Service Award winners are:
Bronze Award Katherine Buhrmann
Bronze Award Hannah Crampton
Silver Award Kris
Silver Award Ricky Touchinski
Gold Award Corey
Gold Award Nikki
Gold Award Katy
“America’s volunteers work to make our communities stronger and safer. As a Certifying Organization for the AWARD program, the Marquette County Community Foundation is proud to be aligned with this prestigious volunteer award, and we are especially proud of our volunteers who have made volunteer service a central part of their lives.”
The PRESIDENT’S VOLUNTEER SERVICE AWARD is an award for volunteer service that every American – from every age and every walk of life – can aspire to achieve. To be eligible to receive the AWARD, individuals, families and groups submit a record of their annual volunteer service hours to participating Certifying Organizations, such as the Marquette County Community Foundation, that will verify the service and deliver the AWARD. AWARD eligibility for individuals and groups is based on hour requirements varying by age.
“These recipients of the PRESIDENT’S VOLUNTEER SERVICE AWARD are role models for all Americans,” Touchinski said. “Each volunteer hour contributed makes a difference in improving the quality of life for others, and I encourage everyone to contribute to our community by volunteering. Volunteers bring us closer together as families, as communities and as a Nation, through their commitment.”
The AWARD is issued by the President’s Council on Service and Civic Participation, a group created by President Bush to recognize the valuable contributions volunteers are making to our Nation. Chaired by two-time Super Bowl Champion Darrell Green, with former U.S. Senators Bob Dole and John Glenn as honorary co-chairs, the Council comprises leaders in government, media, entertainment, business, education, nonprofits and volunteer service organizations, and community volunteering.
For more information about how to qualify for the PRESIDENT’S VOLUNTEER SERVICE AWARD and to find out how to identify additional volunteer opportunities in this area, visit www.PresidentialServiceAwards.gov or call 1-866-545-5307.
Marquette County’s Youth Grant Makers
The Marquette County Community Foundation currently has 50 young people actively involved in the Youth Advisory Councils for the Ishpeming, Marquette and Negaunee Funds. These youth leaders are very active in the county studying needs, providing community service and allocating funds to solve current issues and leveraging new assets for our community. The primary work of the Youth Advisory Council is to make grant recommendations from the Youth Fund to benefit young people across Marquette County. This important work has been made available through a matching grant program from the W.K. Kellogg Foundation and many generous donors.
Since the inception of the Youth Advisory Councils in Marquette County; youth grant makers have given out over $233,821.00 to organizations who make a difference on behalf of young people in our community.
YAC’ers are not slackers! Look what they have accomplished this summer!
Supported 3,000 soccer and baseball players, provided enhanced training for over 425 youth football players and coaches, provided leadership funding for the YMCA’s capital campaign and challenged the Marquette Fund to join in the fun, honored the children of those who gave their lives through service, helped the U.P. Riders 4-H Club win the State Horse Bowl championships, helped 30 youth with physical limitation learn how to ride a bike,
gave 200 young cross country skiers an opportunity to compete, developed a historical display, supported a youth library and helped young people study the ecosystem. Tell me again what you did this summer?
Presidential Service Awards
The Marquette County Community Foundation is actively tracking the service hours for our Youth Advisory Council Members; stay tuned to find out how many of our youth receive a 2009 Presidential Service Award.
Awardees will be announced in January of 2010!
If you would like more information about the Youth Advisory Councils or to get involved contact Carole at the Marquette County Community Foundation
906 226 7666 or via email at firstname.lastname@example.org