Boston Cares is honoring the legacy of former President George H.W. Bush by calling on people to volunteer for a community service project in his name.
The nonprofit is an affiliate of Points of Light, an organization founded by Bush that promotes volunteerism around the world.
“President Bush knew that volunteerism is one of the easiest and most powerful ways to come together across differences, to stand shoulder to shoulder for something greater than ourselves. ,” Patrice Keegan, the executive director of Boston Cares said in a statement Saturday.
Points of Light grew out of Bush’s famous “thousand points of light speech” in which the nation’s 41st president called for Americans to build strong communities through volunteerism.
“The call to serve your country and your fellow man – both of equal value – was a centerpiece of [Bush’s] presidency and his life. Today because of his work, Points of Light and its global network are an enduring part of his legacy,” said Natalye Paquin, president and CEO, Points of Light in a statement.
Through its website, people may pledge an act of service in honor of Bush, who died Friday at age 94. His funeral services will be held this week in Washington D.C. and Houston.
By Sunday night, people had pledged on the website to “help the homeless,” or “to be kinder, gentler, and more generous,” which echoes a promise Bush made in his acceptance speech for the Republican presidential nomination in 1988.
Though there is no specific day of service to commemorate Bush planned in the Greater Boston area, “people are being encouraged to volunteer every day and any day,” Keegan said.
Keegan, who had the opportunity to meet Bush, recalled his genuine enthusiasm for service.
“A lot of what President Bush stood for was that everyone can make a difference,” Keegan said.
Boston Cares offers opportunities for people to volunteer in a number of areas, including hunger relief, adult education, English language tutoring and youth mentoring. Opportunities are available for individuals or groups.
Registration can be found on their website.
“Volunteering is a way of coming together” regardless of politics, Keegan said.
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