"After America was attacked, it was as if our entire country
looked into a mirror and saw our better selves. We were reminded
that we are citizens with obligations to each other, our country
and history. We began to think less of the goods we can accumulate
and more about the good we can do," said President George W. Bush
in his State of the Union Address on Jan. 29, four months after the
Sept. 11, 2001, terrorist attacks.
Bush also thanked Americans for their charitable acts during the
devastating crisis and urged everyone to continue their efforts to
help those in need. He continued: "My call tonight is for every
American to commit at least two years—4,000 hours over the
rest of your lifetime—to the service of your neighbors and
nation. Many are already serving, and I thank you."
For many NRCA members and affiliate organizations, the spirit of
giving back to their communities already existed. They have donated
time, money and labor to help people in need. Fulfilling Bush's
call to service will continue to be an important part of their
organizations' success. Following are some examples of ways
industry leaders are making a difference in their communities.
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