NEW YORK, May 1 In conjunction with NationalVolunteer Week (April 28th-May 2nd), the U.S. Fund for UNICEF today announcedit has awarded 89 volunteers -- the most ever -- with the PRESIDENT'SVOLUNTEER SERVICE AWARD, a national honor offered in recognition of volunteerservice.
Established in 2003, the AWARD is available on an annual basis toindividuals, groups and families who have met or exceeded requirements forvolunteer service and have demonstrated exemplary citizenship throughvolunteering. As one of thousands of Certifying Organizations participatingin the AWARD program, the U.S. Fund for UNICEF confers the award to recognizethe outstanding achievements of its volunteers.
The U.S. Fund for UNICEF has a long history of volunteer service, and morethan 16,000 volunteers perform community service each year on behalf of theorganization.
A few years ago, in an attempt to make a difference on a global level,Gigi Jordan and Alison Austin of New Hope, PA joined forces with a friend tocreate beaded jewelry and then donate all proceeds to UNICEF. The high schooljuniors, to date, have raised nearly $2000 for UNICEF's global programs thathelp save children's lives.
Slava Karaytcheva has assisted in the smooth operation of the SouthwestRegional chapter of the U.S. Fund for UNICEF by aiding with major giftprospect research, event set-up, event registration, event follow up,communications with vendors and donors, data entry, filing, and variousclerical duties as requested.
Over thirty awardees volunteer regularly at the U.S. Fund for UNICEFgreeting card and gift shop in New York City. Some volunteers have beeninvolved for more than 15 years.
For the past three years, 11-year-old Jasmine Fatourechi of southernCalifornia has gone into every classroom at her school to talk about the workUNICEF does. Jasmine's efforts have ensured that every child in her school isaware of the plight of millions of other children around the world.
Betsy Hosea is chair of the Georgia Federation of Women's Club(GFWC/GaFWC) United Nations. Betsy has steadfastly promoted UNICEF and itsprogramming to club members and has contributed more than 650 hours this yearalone.
"The PRESIDENT'S VOLUNTEER SERVICE AWARD recognizes individuals andfamilies who have answered the call for Americans to make a lifelongcommitment to volunteer service," said Caryl Stern, president and CEO of theU.S. Fund for UNICEF. "America's volunteers work to make our communitiesstronger and safer. As a Certifying Organization for the AWARD program, theU.S. Fund for UNICEF is proud to be aligned with this prestigious volunteeraward, and we are especially proud of our volunteers who are committed todoing whatever it takes to save a child."
The PRESIDENT'S VOLUNTEER SERVICE AWARD is an award for volunteer servicethat every American -- from every age and every walk of life -- can aspire toachieve. To be eligible to receive the AWARD, individuals, families andgroups submit a record of their annual volunteer service hours toparticipating Certifying Organizations, such as the U.S. Fund for UNICEF thatwill verify the service and deliver the AWARD. AWARD eligibility forindividuals and groups is based on hour requirements varying by age.
"These recipients of the PRESIDENT'S VOLUNTEER SERVICE AWARD are rolemodels for all Americans," said Kristi Burnham, Director, CommunityPartnerships, U.S. Fund for UNICEF. "Each volunteer hour contributed makes adifference in improving the quality of life for others, and I encourageeveryone to contribute to our community by volunteering. Volunteers bring uscloser together as families, as communities and as a nation, through theircommitment."
The AWARD is issued by the President's Council on Service and CivicParticipation, a group created by President Bush to recognize the valuablecontributions volunteers are maki