President George H.W. Bush and Mrs. Barbara Bush are honored by the Points of Light Institute for inspiring the nation to volunteer.
“We can find meaning and reward by serving some higher purpose than ourselves, a shining purpose, the illumination of a Thousand Points of Light…We all have something to give.”
– George H. W. Bush
His words inspired the founding of the Points of Light Institute and millions of Americans to volunteer since that speech in 1989. During his presidency he established the Clean Air Act, the Americans with Disabilities Act and after his time as president he has raised more than $100 million for various charities.
President Bush and Mrs. Bush have led extraordinary lives of service, Michelle Nunn, Points of Light Institute CEO, said.
His service movement has continued since his presidency by the next presidents and the American people.
House Speaker John Boehner honored President Bush and Mrs. Bush as points of light in his life. His very first intuitive was to serve the people, said Boehner, he showed us that life is about service to others during a time of war and in peace.
Many other people nominated President Bush as a point of light in their life, including Congressman Rogers and Sen. Saxby Chambliss. President Bush’s son Neil Bush also nominated his daughter Lauren Bush as a point of light in his life because of her dedication to feeding underprivileged children. She has given $5.8 million to the United Nations food organization.
On March 21, 2011 The Points Of Light Institute will be hosting a Tribute event in Washington D.C. to Honor President George H.W. Bush. They are also running a tribute contest on Facebook where you can nominate a point of light in your community – an individual who makes a difference by volunteer service.
The winner of the Points of Light Tribute Contest will receive airfare, lodging, and two tickets to the Points of Light Tribute event. Deadline to enter is March 7.