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Florida Gulf Coast University Joins With President Bush's Council on Service and Civic Participation to Deliver President's Volunteer Service Award
4/15/2004

FORT MYERS, FL - Florida Gulf Coast University today announced it has teamed with the White House to 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. Established in 2003, the award was created by President George W. Bush to give Presidential recognition to individuals, families and groups who meet requirements for volunteer service, measured by the number of service hours performed over 12-months.

FGCU is one of thousands of organizations that have joined forces to deliver the President's Volunteer Service Award and honor the volunteers who strengthen our nation. As a Certifying Organization for the award, FGCU is responsible for verifying service hours, nominating potential recipients and delivering the award.

"We are extremely proud to recognize our most outstanding students with the President's Volunteer Service Award," FGCU President William C. Merwin said. "FGCU students are role models in our community, donating their time, energy and talent to bring us closer together as neighbors and a nation. This award is one of our ways of thanking these students and inspiring everyone in the community to make volunteering a central part of their lives. During the past year, FGCU students donated more than 63,000 hours to the Southwest Florida community."

The award is issued by the President's Council on Service and Civic Participation, a group convened by President George W. Bush to help foster and encourage a culture of volunteer service and civic participation among Americans. 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 is composed of leaders in government, media, entertainment, business, education, nonprofit and volunteer service organizations and community volunteering.

For more information on the President's Volunteer Service Award and to identify additional volunteer opportunities in this area, visit www.PresidentialServiceAwards.gov or call 1-866-545-5307.


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