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President's Volunteer Service Award 2006

Volunteers at Fort Sumter National Monument receive the 2006 Presidential Volunteer Award

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News Release Date: March 24, 2006
Contact: Melissa Tynes, (843) 577-0242
Contact: Bill Martin, (843) 883-3123 x 41

(Sullivan’s Island, South Carolina) FortSumterNational Monument today announced it has awarded 31 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 awards program, FortSumterNational Monument confers the award to recognize outstanding achievements of its volunteers.

“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 Volunteer Coordinator Melissa Tynes of FortSumterNational Monument.

“America’s volunteers work to make our communities stronger and safer. As a Certifying Organization for the award program, FortSumter 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 walk of life—can aspire to achieve. To be eligible to receive the award, individuals, families and groups must submit a record of their annual volunteer service hours to participating certifying organizations, such as FortSumterNational Monument, that will verify the service and deliver the award. Eligibility for individuals and groups is based on hour requirements that vary by age.

“These recipients of the award are role models for all Americans,” Tynes 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 volunteering for FortSumterNational Monument or how to qualify for the President’s Volunteer Service award, contact Melissa Tynes at 843-577-0242.

Did You Know?

Artist's rendition of the opening shot of the American Civil War with Fort Sumter in the distance.

The first shot of the American Civil War didn't hit anything. It was a 10-inch mortar shell, fired from Fort Johnson, that exploded above Fort Sumter as a signal for Confederate artillery to open fire on the Union-held fort. Fort Sumter National Monument, SC