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Points Of Light Applauds President Obama's Request To Rename The Volunteer Generation Fund In Honor Of President George H. W. Bush

Points of Light Chair Neil Bush Says Family Is Pleased, "Humbled"

ATLANTA, April 10, 2013 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- Points of Light applauds the release of President Obama's FY14 budget in which he requests $10 million for the Corporation for National and Community Service's Volunteer Generation Fund (VGF) and recommends that Congress rename the Fund in honor of President George H. W. Bush.

"My family and I are humbled by the President's recognition of Dad and his lifelong devotion to service," said Neil Bush, chair of the board of Points of Light, the largest organization in the world devoted to volunteer service. "The George H. W. Bush Volunteer Generation Fund will further expand the scope and effectiveness of volunteerism." 

"I can't think of a more perfect pairing than the Volunteer Generation Fund and President George H. W. Bush," said Points of Light CEO Michelle Nunn. "This is both smart policy and a well-deserved honor for one of our country's most remarkable public servants and a leader of the modern volunteer service movement."

Nunn's statement follows: 

"The Volunteer Generation Fund, a Corporation for National and Community Service program, was created by the Edward M. Kennedy Serve America Act in 2009. This Fund provides small, competitive grants to state service commissions and nonprofits to support the recruitment, management and training of volunteers in direct response to critical national problems.

"By restoring the Fund in his budget, the President reaffirms his Administration's commitment to building a robust volunteer infrastructure in the nation.  As public spending declines, volunteers are eager to be a part of real and lasting solutions to needs in their communities, and the Volunteer Generation Fund can be an important source of critically needed resources for these efforts.

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