SimplePath, Inc. Honors The Illinois Council on Responsible Fatherhood with President's Volunteer Service Award

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The Illinois Council on Responsible Fatherhood receives the President's Volunteer Service Award from SimplePath, Inc.

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. Through their commitment, volunteers bring us closer together as families, as communities and as a Nation.

SimplePath, Inc. (http://www.simplepath.org)] will present Mr. Leving, a national litigator and consultant and the founder and leader of The Illinois Council on Responsible Fatherhood (the Council) with the President's Volunteer Service Award. The award will be presented tomorrow, July 30th at 3p.m. at the law office of Mr. Leving (19 S. LaSalle St. Suite 450 Chicago, IL).

Mr. Leving is accepting the award on behalf of the Council (http://www.responsiblefatherhood.com/). The award is a national honor offered in recognition of volunteer service. The Council is receiving the Gold Level award for contributing more than 1,000 volunteer hours in 2007. The Council's work is ensuring that fathers are positively involved in the lives of their children.

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, SimplePath confers the award to recognize the outstanding achievements of individuals and organizations that are bringing Chicago families closer together.

The Council has a long history of volunteer service; and more than 100 volunteers perform community service each year on behalf of the organization. In 2007, The Council has contributed more than 1,000 hours of volunteer service. Their service included convening regional forums and statewide symposiums in partnership with elected officials and area colleges and producing a major Policy Report and Resource Guide. The Council's service is: (1) creating a more father-friendly court system, (2) encouraging fathers to stay involved in their children's lives, (3) assisting incarcerated fathers, and (4) providing career opportunities for fathers.

"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 Dr. Michael McAfee, the owner and founder of SimplePath.

"America's volunteers work to make our communities stronger and safer. As a Certifying Organization for the award program, SimplePath 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 SimplePath, that will verify the service and deliver the award. Award eligibility for individuals and groups is based on the number of volunteer hours earned. The requirements vary by age.

"These recipients of the President's Volunteer Service Award are role models for all Americans," Dr. McAfee said. "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. Through their commitment, volunteers bring us closer together as families, as communities and as a Nation."

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 Jean Case, the Council comprises leaders in government, media, entertainment, business, education, nonprofits and volunteer service organizations, and community volunteering.

For more information about getting involved in the exciting work of the Council, contact Patricia Flewellen-Harris at (312) 296-9696 ext. 290 or pharris @ jmlevinglawltd.com.

For more information on joining SimplePath, visit http://www.simplepath.org . For information on how nonprofits can use SimplePath as a fundraiser, contact Dr. McAfee at 312-498-5443 or mmcafee @ simplepath.org.

SimplePath helps charity begin at home by making volunteering and donating to charities fun and easy. By using SimplePath, families are developing a wonderful tradition of philanthropy. When families sign-up, they: (1) participate in local, pre-planned volunteer-service activities, (2) journal about how their lives are making a positive difference in society (3) learn about legendary and everyday families and individuals that have made or are making miracles happen in their community, (4) learn how to donate to charity wisely and (5) donate online to charities.

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