|The generous spirit of the American
people has fostered a great and long-standing tradition of service. Across the country
groups large and small are mobilizing concerned citizens to improve lives and strengthen
the civic fabric that holds our communities together.
USA Freedom Corps, through its participating agencies and programs-- the newly created
Citizen Corps, AmeriCorps, Senior Corps, and the Peace Corps-- will work with local
officials and community groups to offer expanded service opportunities for Americans at
home and abroad.
A commitment to serve our neighbors and our Nation is an essential
part of the American character. We have always believed in an ethic of citizenship that
includes helping those in need and promoting the common good. We know this makes America
stronger and the world better.
The USA Freedom Corps builds on this great American ethic. The USA
Freedom Corps will promote a culture of responsibility, service, and citizenship. It will
work with key service agencies in government and the nonprofit sector to provide
incentives and new opportunities to serve at home and abroad. The USA Freedom Corps will
draw on help from Americans of all ages and of every background.
Americans serve their country in extraordinary and countless ways.
Most of our Nation's civic work is being done without the aid of the Federal Government.
But we believe the Federal Government can work to enhance the opportunities for Americans
to serve their neighbors and their Nation. The Bush Administration is therefore proposing
to create and expand activities that will enhance homeland security, provide additional
community-based service and volunteer opportunities, and assist people around the world.