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President's Call to Service: USA Freedom Corps
During his 2002 State of the Union address, President George W. Bush called upon every American to get involved in strengthening America's communities and sharing America's compassion around the world. He called on each of us to commit at least two years of our lives—the equivalent of 4,000 hours—to the service of others. He included all Americans because everyone can do something, and he created the USA Freedom Corps to help all Americans to answer his call. President George W. Bush talks with students at the South End Community Center in Bridgeport, Conn., Tuesday, April, 9, 2002. Americorps volunteers come to the community center to mentor students. "We need to encourage programs to expand, to give people an outlet, a chance to participate," said the President during his remarks at the city's Klein Auditorium where he oulined how people could join the ranks of thousands who are already serving in one America's Freedom Corps groups. President George W. Bush works on a Habitat For Humanity house in Tampa, Fl., Tuesday, June 5, 2002. President George W. Bush talks with local police, fire, health and government officials during a roundtable meeting at the Center for Community Safety at Winston-Salem State University, Wednesday, Jan 30, 2002. President George W. Bush and Laura Bush help volunteers pack food during their visit to the Capital Area Food Bank in Washington, D.C., Thursday, Dec. 19. "More Americans need to volunteer. There are ways to do so. The USAFreedomCorps.gov on the web page is the place to look," said the President in his remarks. "You can call 1-877-USA-CORPS and find out ways that you can help. If you are interested in being a part of feeding those who hunger, this is a great place to come to."
President George W. Bush celebrates the 6-month anniversary of USA Freedom Corps by unveiling a new public service announcement in the East Room July 30. "The USA Freedom Corps is matching potential volunteers with local charities," said the President. "We're promoting service to prepare for crises at home, to strengthen our communities, to help people in need, and to extend American compassion throughout the world." President George W. Bush meets with youth volunteers on the South Lawn of the White House. After helping build a house for Habitat for Humanity, President Bush meets some of his Waco neighbors. President George W. Bush takes a working tour of The Adirondack Park near Wilmington, NY, Monday, April 22. "We had a great time in the Park, and I want to thank you all very much for giving me the opportunity to hammer and stack, place gravel -- (laughter) -- in a beautiful part of the world. This is quite a sight for a fellow from Texas," said the President in his remarks about Earth Day at Whiteface Mountain Lodge. "We have a duty in our country to make sure our land is preserved, our air is clean, our water is pure, our parks are accessible and open and well- preserved." President Bush and Secretary for Housing and Urban Development Martinez, right, talk with new friends during a break from their house-building efforts at the Waco, Texas, location of Habitat for Humanity's "World Leaders Build" construction drive August 8, 2001.