President Barack Obama and the Corporation for National and Community Service on Thanksgiving awarded John S. Bukata of Fort Lauderdale, Florida, with the President’s Lifetime Achievement Award, a national honor offered in recognition of volunteer service, according to EyesOnNews on Sunday.
Having previously been awarded the President’s Volunteer Service Award, Bukata currently serves as Director of Campus Security and Safety at Johnson & Wales University in Miami, following a three decade career in law enforcement with the Fort Lauderdale Police Department and the Broward Sheriff’s Office.
Throughout his adult life, Bukata has a long history of volunteer service and has clocked several thousand hours of community service on behalf of numerous charities, including the American Cancer Society, the Cystic Fibrosis Foundation, Starlight Children’s Foundation, the Meggan Morency Memorial Ride-A-Thon, and the Sheriff’s Foundation of Broward County.
In recognition of his community service, Bukata received a letter of commendation from President Obama. “Your volunteer service demonstrates the kind of commitment to your community that moves America a step closer to its great promise,” the letter said. Furthermore, “A change is brought about because ordinary people do extraordinary things.”
The President’s Volunteer Service Award was created in 2002 by the USA Freedom Corps. In devising such an award, every American was called upon to make a lifelong commitment to volunteer service. The award itself specifically recognizes individuals and families who have answered that call.
President George W. Bush created the President’s Council on Service and Civic Participation in 2003 to help recognize the valuable contributions volunteers are making to our nation. The original council was chaired by two-time Super Bowl champion Darrell Green with former U.S. Senators Robert Dole and John Glenn served as honorary co-chairs. The Council included leaders from government, business, media, entertainment, education, and nonprofit, volunteer service and community organizations.
The President’s Volunteer Service Award is now an initiative of the Corporation for National and Community Service and is administered by Points of Light. With a shared mission of inspiring more to answer the call to service, the award is available on an annual basis to individuals, groups and families who have met or exceeded requirements for volunteer service and have demonstrated exemplary citizenship through volunteering.
“Volunteers in America work to make our communities safer and stronger,” Bukata told EyesOnNews. “I’m proud to be aligned with this prestigious award and those who have made volunteer service an integral part of their lives.”
The President’s Call to Service Award is the highest award for volunteer service that an American can aspire to achieve. Recipients of this lifetime achievement award are role models for all Americans. Each volunteer hour contributed makes a difference in improving the quality of life for others while also encouraging others to volunteer. Through their commitment, Americans are brought closer together as families, as communities and as a nation.