New Orleans -- The Corporation for National and Community Service presented nine outstanding volunteer programs and participants with the Service Impact Award at the National Conference on Volunteering and Service today.
The Service Impact Awards recognize the outstanding impact made by everyday citizens who serve their communities. Awards were judged upon the impact made in the one of the six focus areas outlined in the agency's five year Strategic Plan: disaster services, economic opportunity, education, environmental stewardship, healthy futures, and veterans and military families.
This is national service at its best, said Robert Velasco, II, Acting CEO of the Corporation for National and Community Service. The work being done every day by these remarkable individuals shows how the power of service can transform communities and be the solution to pressing local challenges across the nation.
Honorees received the award at the closing ceremony of the conference, which featured the Daily Show's John Oliver, R&B legend Percy Sledge, CNBC's Nicole Lapin, First Lady of New Orleans Cheryl Landrieu and other entertainers and leaders.
The conference, sponsored by CNCS and Points of Light Institute, brought 4,000 service leaders to New Orleans to connect and develop strategies solve pressing issues across the nation through service and volunteering.
Listed below are the recipients for Disaster Services:
To read about ALL the Service Impact Awards given out, go to: http://www.nationalservice.gov/about/newsroom/releases_detail.asp?tbl_pr_id=2005