GirlStrength and WomenStrength Honors Volunteer With President's Volunteer Service Award

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July 10, 2012 18:05

  

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GirlStrength and WomenStrength, operated through the Family Services Division of the Portland Police announced today, Tuesday July 10, 2012, it has awarded former Assistant Chief of Police, Lynnae Berg, with two President's Volunteer Service Awards, a national honor offered in recognition of volunteer service. Lynnae is one of 33 volunteers to receive an award. Some of the volunteers receiving gold and silver medals have been volunteering for WomenStrength for over 10 years.

The award will be presented on Wednesday July 11, 2012, at 8:00 a.m., at the Family Services Division roll call. The Family Services Division is located at 10225 East Burnside Street and media is invited to attend.

Established in 2003, the award is available on an annual basis to individuals, groups and families who have met or exceeded requirements for volunteer service and have demonstrated exemplary citizenship through volunteering.

As one of thousands of certifying organizations participating in the award program, WomenStrength and GirlStrength confers the award to recognize the outstanding achievements of its volunteers.

WomenStrength has a long history of volunteer service, as it has provided free self-defense classes to women and teenagers as well as coed personal safety workshops to organizations and businesses for over 33 years.

GirlStrength, a new sister program teaches violence prevention skills to girls 10-17 years of age in schools, community centers and any organization in Portland that works with girls. Both programs are operated with only one full-time employee. All classes are taught by volunteers who complete 128 hours of training!

In his 2002 State of the Union Address, President George W. Bush created the USA Freedom Corps, and called on every American to make a lifelong commitment to volunteer service.

"The President's Volunteer Service Award recognizes individuals and families who have answered that call," said Captain Kevin Modica of the Family Services Division of the Portland Police Bureau. "America's volunteers work to make our communities stronger and safer. As a certifying organization for the award program, the Portland Police Bureau is proud to be aligned with this prestigious volunteer award, and we are especially proud of our volunteers who have made volunteer service a central part of their lives."

The President's Volunteer Service Award is an award for volunteer service that every American - from every age and every walk of life - can aspire to achieve. To be eligible to receive the award, individuals, families and groups submit a record of their annual volunteer service hours to participating certifying organizations, such as GirlStrength and WomenStrength, that will verify the service and deliver the award. Award eligibility for individuals and groups is based on hour requirements varying by age.

"These recipients of the President's Volunteer Service Award are role models for our community," said Sergeant Margaret Bahnson of the Family Services Division of the Portland Police Bureau. "Each volunteer hour contributed makes a difference in improving the quality of life for others, and I encourage everyone to contribute to our community by volunteering. Volunteers bring us closer together as families, as communities and as a Nation, through their commitment."

The award is issued by the President's Council on Service and Civic Participation, a group created by President Bush to recognize the valuable contributions volunteers are making to our Nation. 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 comprises leaders in government, media, entertainment, business, education, nonprofits and volunteer service organizations, and community volunteering.

For more information about volunteering for GirlStrength or WomenStrength, contact Carolyne Haycraft at 503-823-0239 or by email at GirlStrength.pb@portlandoregon.gov

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

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