Statement on the Passing of President George H.W. Bush

Statement by AnnMaura Connolly on the Passing of President George H.W. Bush

Legacy of servant leadership left a lasting impact on national service and volunteering community

Washington, DC – AnnMaura Connolly, President of Voices for National Service, issued the following statement upon the passing of President George H.W. Bush on November 30, 2018:

“We are deeply grateful for the life of service and the extraordinary contributions of George H.W. Bush, whose legacy put national service and volunteering at the forefront of American priorities. He understood that our country’s strength is the ingenuity, idealism and perseverance of Americans of every background, and that by calling on Americans to serve, we can address the greatest challenges facing our country.

From his 1989 inaugural address, calling on Americans to be points of light in their communities, to signing the National and Community Service Act of 1990, President Bush laid the foundation on which the modern-day national service movement has been built.

We are committed to honoring his legacy of service by working toward the day when every American is asked and given the opportunity to serve, and we are so very thankful for his patriotism and public service.”


Voices for National Service is a diverse coalition of national service programs, state service commissions and individual champions, who work to ensure Americans of all ages and backgrounds have the opportunity to serve and volunteer in their community. Founded in 2003, Voices for National Service has built strong bipartisan support among our nation’s leaders and helped to elevate national service as a powerful strategy for tackling unmet needs, preparing young people for work, uniting our country and developing civic character.

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