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UNCP takes larger role in president’s volunteer program

August 31, 2009

The Center for Leadership and Service (CLS) at The University of North Carolina at Pembroke has become a certifying organization for the President’s Volunteer Service Award, a national program recognizing Americans who have demonstrated a sustained commitment to volunteer service.


Aubrey Swett

UNCP’s Center for Leadership and Service, which facilitates volunteer and community service programs for students, joined forces to deliver the President’s Volunteer Service Award and honor the volunteers.

As a certifying organization for the award, CLS is responsible for verifying service hours, nominating potential recipients and delivering the award. Previously, the award went to institutions instead of indivuals.

Established in 2003 by President George W. Bush, the award was created to give recognition to individuals, families and groups who meet requirements for volunteer service, measured by the number of service hours performed over 12 months.

UNCP will honor students who participate in community service with Presidential Awards at an annual event and with special distinction at graduation, said CLS Director Aubrey Swett.

“We are extremely proud to recognize our most outstanding volunteers with the President’s Volunteer Service Award,” Swett said. “UNCP volunteers are role models in our community, donating their time, energy and talent to bring us closer together as neighbors and a nation. The award is our way of thanking these volunteers and inspiring everyone in our community to make volunteering a central part of their lives.
“Even if you’ve never volunteered before, the President’s Volunteer Service Award is within your reach,” Swett said. “There are so many ways to contribute, and every volunteer hour makes a difference in improving the quality of life for others.

“We encourage everyone to get involved and to bring along your family, friends and neighbors,” Swett said. “Together, we can strengthen America – one hour at a time.”

The award is issued by the President’s Council on Service and Civic Participation, a group convened by President Bush to help foster and encourage a culture of volunteer service and civic participation among Americans. Chaired by two-time NFL Hall of Famer Darrell Green, with former U.S. Senators Bob Dole and John Glenn as honorary co-chairs, the council is composed of leaders in government, media, entertainment, business, education, nonprofit and volunteer service organizations and community volunteering.

For more information about volunteering with the Center for Leadership and Service at UNCP, visit or call 910.521.6163.

For more information on the President’s Volunteer Service Award and to find out how to identify additional volunteer opportunities in this area, visit or call 1.866.545.5307.