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On December 2, President Bush participated in a roundtable discussion with children of prisoners and their mentors in Greensboro, North Carolina, to talk about how their lives have changed after being matched through the President's Mentoring Children of Prisoners Initiative (MCP). In the interest of these children and their communities, President Bush established MCP in 2003 to work with hundreds of faith-based and community organizations to recruit and train mentors to provide guidance and support to some of our Nation's most vulnerable children. We have exceeded our goal for this program by matching more than 110,000 children with mentors so far, and we continue to make progress.
On December 5, the OFBCI convened its final event in a two-year Compassion in Action series with the "Next Generation of Social Entrepreneurship" roundtable discussion. Hosted by OFBCI Acting Director Jedd Medefind, the event spotlighted the philanthropic work of enterprising young Americans to serve needs within their neighborhoods and around the world. Read Full Press Release
On Friday, October 3, 2008, the White House Office of Faith-Based and Community Initiatives (FBCI), in partnership with the OneStar Foundation in Dallas, hosted the Initiatives 40th and final regional conference of the Bush Administration, delivering training and resources to hundreds of Texas nonprofits. Joined by Secretary of Health and Human Services Mike Leavitt and Secretary of Housing and Urban Development Steve Preston, the Partnership Summit to Advance Innovation and Community Impact highlighted effective Federal partnerships with Texas faith-based and community organizations to address needs ranging from addiction and prisoner reentry to HIV/AIDS and homeless. By building the capabilities of nonprofits and extending their work through government resources, the FBCI empowers locally built solutions to community challenges. Read Full Press Release
On Friday, August 29, 2008, the White House Office of Faith-Based and Community Initiatives (OFBCI) convened a Compassion in Action roundtable titled, Advancing Compassion and Service Strategies at the State Level. Hosted by OFBCI Director Jay Hein, the Roundtable featured innovative and effective state-level efforts to partner volunteer outreach and support with Faith-Based and Community Initiative activities to expand public-private partnerships with frontline nonprofits to more effectively address community challenges. Speakers included representatives from FBCI State Liaison offices of Texas, Alabama, and Florida, as well as representatives from the Corporation for National and Community Service and AmeriCorps State and National.
In celebration of Constitution Day and Citizenship Day on September 17, 2008, the White House Office of Faith-Based and Community Initiatives (OFBCI) convened a Compassion in Action policy roundtable titled, Community and Faith-Based Solutions for Immigrant Assimilation and Success. Hosted by OFBCI Acting Director Jedd Medefind, in partnership with the Task Force on New Americans, the Roundtable highlighted innovative and effective approaches of faith-based and community organizations to help immigrants reach their full potential as new American citizens. Keynote speaker Alfonso Aguilar, Chief of the Office of Citizenship within the Department of Homeland Securitys U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services, discussed Federal efforts to help immigrants assimilate to American communities and enrich our Nations culture, highlighting the New Americans Project, a partnership between the Task Force on New Americans and USA Freedom Corps, President Bushs initiative to engage more Americans in volunteer service. During the event, Alison Young, Acting Director of USA Freedom Corps, honored several volunteers who teach English to new immigrants with the Presidents Volunteer Service Award. Read Full Press Release
On Tuesday, August 18, the White House Office of Faith-Based and Community Initiatives and CaliforniaVolunteers hosted a Partnership Summit to Strengthen Communities in Sacramento, highlighting ways to strengthen and expand partnerships between government and Californias nonprofit sector to more effectively address human need. Hosted by FBCI Director Jay Hein and California Secretary of Service and Volunteering Karen Baker, the Summit drew nearly 1,000 public and private sector leaders from across the country for training in capacity building, adopting effective business practices, leveraging government funds, and more effectively engaging volunteers as critical resources. The Summit also featured innovative and effective models for addressing a range of social ills from substance abuse to global health and hunger. During the Conference, Secretary Baker announced that CaliforniaVolunteers will appoint a Federal Resources Liaison in the coming months to connect nonprofits with ways to leverage government partnerships. This liaison will work with the Faith-Based and Community Initiative to engage grassroots organizations in addressing critical needs in their communities.