President Bush to Honor Pregnancy Center Volunteers With Service Award
by Steven Ertelt
September 19, 2008
Washington, DC (LifeNews.com) — Dozens of volunteers at pregnancy centers across the country will receive distinguished service awards at a White House ceremony today. The award shows the appreciation President Bush has for the millions of volunteers, staff, board members and supporters of centers that help women avoid abortions.
The President’s Volunteer Service Award will be conferred on 32 Heartbeat International affiliated pregnancy resource centers and 55 volunteers who serve at the centers.
Assistant Secretary for Health Admiral Joxel Garcia will bestow the honors on the dedicated advocates of women and children for the significant contributions they have made to their communities.
Heartbeat International President Peggy Hartshorn told LifeNews.com she is "thrilled to see our volunteers honored by the Administration."
"Heartbeat International is an effective network of more than 1,000 faith-based community organizations aided by more than 25,000 volunteers," she said. "We are very proud to carry on the American tradition of volunteerism and community service especially in a way that helps women and strengthens families."
In concert with the White House USA Freedom Corps, the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services Office of Public Health and Science will honor 150 "exemplary volunteers" who serve pregnancy centers around the country.
The ceremony will include 56 pregnancy resource centers.
Center representatives and volunteers will participate in the White House awards ceremony from 10 am-noon in the Indian Treaty room of the Old Executive Office Building connected to the White House.
"Uplifting the lives of women and families around the world is Heartbeat’s mission. We are compassionate people and passionate for life," Hartshorn added. "If you feel called to give back to your community and want to volunteer you can visit PregnancyCenters.org and use the center locator system to find your local pregnancy center."
"Pregnancy center volunteers include doctors, lawyers, nurses, concerned parents, social workers, educators, and many others," Hartshorn continued. "They provide healthy alternatives to abortion for girls and women faced with an untimely pregnancy."
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