Church of Scientology Recognizes Tampa Bay Volunteers
Deserving Tampa Bay area volunteers were presented with the President’s Volunteer Service Awards at the National Volunteer Week celebration at the Fort Harrison religious retreat of the Church of Scientology Flag Service Organization.
In celebration of National Volunteer Week, Tampa Bay volunteers were recognized April 24 at the Fort Harrison religious retreat of the Church of Scientology Flag Service Organization.
National Volunteer Week was established in 1974 to acknowledge the positive impact of volunteers on American society. In emphasis of the importance of volunteerism, the President’s Volunteer Service Award was created in 2003, to honor Americans who “by their demonstrated commitment and example, inspire others to engage in volunteer service.”
In his proclamation on National Volunteer Week 2013, President Obama stated: “National Volunteer week is a time to renew that fundamentally American ideal of service and responsibility. It is also a time to recognize the men, women, and children who bring that principle into practice every day by lifting up the people around them… . Ordinary men and women have stepped forward and accomplished extraordinary things together, uniting as friends and neighbors and fellow citizens. The strength they have shown reminds us that even in our darkest hours, we look out for each other. We pull together. And we move forward as one.”
Thirty-three Tampa Bay area volunteers and groups qualified to receive the President’s Volunteer Service Awards this year.
Church of Scientology Public Affairs Director Pat Harney presented the volunteers and groups with gold, silver or bronze pins, framed certificates from the Corporation for National Community Service, and letters from President Obama thanking them for their service.
The awardees included:
“It is actions such as those acknowledged here today that help decrease crime, drug addiction, abuse and illiteracy and bring unity and joy to the community,” said Harney, who offered the continued support of the Church of Scientology to volunteerism throughout the Tampa Bay area.
“Whether you are a Scientologist or not, we are here to help you in whatever way you choose to volunteer,” said Harney. “We are committed to improving this community and helping unite efforts to overcome barriers to progress and prosperity.”
Scientologists on five continents engage in collaborative efforts with government agencies and nongovernmental organizations to improve conditions in their communities and society. The Church of Scientology has published a series of new brochures to meet requests for more information about the Scientology religion and its support of global humanitarian initiatives and social betterment programs. For more information, visit the Scientology website at www.Scientology.org .
The Scientology religion was founded by L. Ron Hubbard in 1952 and the first Church of Scientology was formed in Los Angeles in 1954. The religion has expanded to more than 11,000 Churches, Missions and affiliated groups, with millions of member in 167 countries.