Upon receiving the honor, Mr. VanDyke said, “To receive this award is more than a blessing to me. Starting Food for Orphans has been a joy every day and it is inspiring to see its growth and watch as thousands of Americans step up and help us save the lives of orphans around the world.” Mr. VanDyke then announced Food for Orphans’ new initiative, the Student Advisory Council (SAC). The SAC will engage thousands of volunteer high school students in every state in the US in a custom curriculum designed to develop the next generation of philanthropists. According to Mr. VanDyke, “We expect many of our students to also qualify and receive Volunteer Service Awards based on their own volunteer service to feed orphans internationally.”
In his 2002 State of the Union address, President George W. Bush issued a challenge to all Americans to make time to help their neighbors, communities, and Nation through service. He called on each person to answer his call to service and help foster a culture of service, citizenship, and responsibility. The President's Council on Service and Civic
Participation created the President's Volunteer Service Award program as a way to thank and honor Americans who, by their demonstrated commitment and example, inspire others to engage in volunteer service.
The President's Council on Service and Civic Participation (the Council) was established in 2003 to recognize the valuable contributions volunteers are making in our communities and encourage more people to serve. The Council created the President’s Volunteer Service Award program as a way to thank and honor Americans who, by their demonstrated
commitment and example, inspire others to engage in volunteer service.
Food for Orphans is recognized as one of the world’s leaders in feeding orphans. Their mission statement is, “To supply at least one nutritious meal per day to as many orphans as possible”. The organization funds orphan feeding programs primarily in third-world countries, ensures that donations are used wisely, and confirms that each orphan is cared for and loved. Funded by donations from donors across America and around the world, last year, 86% of all Food for Orphans’ donations went to its Program Services.
Gary VanDyke, CEO
Food for Orphans
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Colorado Springs, Co 80907
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