National Youth Marine Alliance now certified to deliver Volunteer Service Award

WESTERLY, R.I. — The National Youth Marine Alliance / Preserve America’s Waterways Initiative is now a certifying organization for the President’s Volunteer Service Award, the group reported in a release Tuesday. The award is a national program that recognizes Americans who have demonstrated a sustained commitment to volunteer service.

“We are extremely proud to recognize our most outstanding volunteers with the President’s Volunteer Service Award,” Tom Griffin, NYMA executive director, said in the release. “Youth and adult volunteers participating in Preserve America’s Waterways are role models in our community, donating their time, energy and talent to bring us closer together as neighbors and a nation. The award is our way of thanking these volunteers and inspiring everyone in our community to make volunteering a central part of their lives.”

The Preserve America’s Waterways program encourages public lands as well as local, state and private sites to establish service projects for youth and enter them at Using the Web site, scouting and youth groups can adopt a project in their area or enter their own project if one is not available. The national initiative started March 31 and runs through Dec. 31, 2010, with a goal of contributing one million youth volunteer hours.

The President’s Volunteer Service Award is issued by the President’s Council on Service and Civic Participation to encourage a culture of volunteer service and civic participation among Americans.

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