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US President Award Article #1ELLAS is humbled and honored to have been recognized with one of the highest awards given to Americans in volunteerism by the 41st United States President and Points of Light.

On January 24, 2013, President George H.W. Bush, Honorary Chairman, Points of Light and Michelle Nunn, CEO Points of Light, recognizes and congratulates Pilar Pinel, ELLAS Founder and CEO on being selected as a Daily Point of Light honoree with the Daily Points of Light Award – Honoring individuals and groups creating meaningful change in communities across America.

About: America, Volunteerism, Points of Light and President George H.W. Bush

President Obama’s 2014 budget includes a small investment for those who care about volunteer service and a big tribute to the father of the modern-day volunteer movement. Yesterday, the President not only restored funding for the Volunteer Generation Fund but he allocated $10 million for it and renamed it in honor of President George H. W. Bush.

State CapitalPresident Bush’s record of service to his country is well known. He enlisted in the armed forces on his 18th birthday. He flew 58 combat missions before he was shot down over the Pacific during World War II. He served as a congressman, ambassador to the United Nations, U.S. envoy to China, director of the CIA, vice president and president.

Outside of his career, President Bush has given so much of his time to causes he believes in. From his work helping to launch the United Negro College Fund on the Yale campus after World War II to his relief work with Bill Clinton in the wake of Katrina to his work raising millions for cancer research, President Bush has been an extraordinary volunteer.

While President, George H.W. Bush heralded the power of volunteers – “points of light” – to create change. Even in times of scarcity, he said in his 1989 inaugural address, we have a natural resource that continues to grow – “the goodness and courage of the American people.”

Since his term, each succeeding President has embraced the power of service and joined across party lines to encourage Americans to serve. The Presidents Club has come to be defined by their shared commitment to lifting up and mobilizing “points of light” throughout the nation.

Michelle Nunn
CEO, Points of Light

Letter from the US President

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Pilar Pinel

About Pilar Pinel

ELLAS Founder President In 2003 Ms. Pinel founded (ELLAS) Embracing Latina Leadership AllianceS a non-profit 501(c)(3) mentor/leadership program, serving the Greater Long Beach and Los Angeles Area with her own financing. A role model herself, she tirelessly commits seven days a week, and at times over fourteen hours a day, committing nearly ten year of her professional and personal support without financial compensations, demonstrating her sincere efforts to encourage and improve the quality of life for underprivileged Latinas while expanding academic and career paradigms.

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