President's Volunteer Service Award Recipients Announced for 2008

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Charity Music Foundation announces national recipients of the 2008 President's Volunteer Service Award. Award is a Prestigious National Honor for Volunteer Service.

Charity Music Foundation today announced it will be presenting 6 organizations with the President's Volunteer Service Award, a national honor offered in recognition of outstanding volunteer service.

The 2008 Bronze Award recipients are: Babicz Guitars, Fort Wayne IN - Evola Music Center, Shelby Township MI - FedEx Kinko's, Sterling Heights MI - James Daniel Entertainment, Stamford CT - Macomb College Student Activities, Macomb County MI and Parisian at Partridge Creek, Clinton Twp MI

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 a national designated

Certifying Organization participating in the Award program, the Charity Music Foundation confers the award to recognize the outstanding volunteer achievements of its supporters.

Charity Music is a national, all volunteer 501(c)(3) nonprofit which has a long history of volunteer service, and more than 200 volunteers perform community service each year on behalf of the organization. Charity Music provides musical instruments on loan, at no charge, to at-risk and disadvantaged youth wishing to explore their hidden musical talents. "Our mission is to help cultivate the next upcoming crop of young artists, and volunteers are instrumental to our success" stated Charity Music President, Roger Fachini.

"America's volunteers work to make our communities stronger and safer. As a Certifying Organization for the Award program, Charity Music 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." added Fachini.

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 Charity Music, 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 all Americans," Fachini 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. 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 Charity Music, or to nominate an organization or individual for the President's Award, visit Charity Music website at http://www.CharityMusic.org or call 586-247-7444.

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