Since 2005, the Friend of America’s Service Commissions Award recognizes individuals that have gone above and beyond in his or her support of the national service field. This year’s recipient is Harris Wofford.
Harris Wofford is a former US Senator from Pennsylvania, chair of America’s Promise, and former CEO of the Corporation of National and Community Service. He has dedicated much of his life to making citizen service a common expectation and experience for all Americans.
Senator Wofford played a key role in crafting and working to pass the trailblazing legislation that created AmeriCorps, the Learn and Serve America program, and the Corporation for National and Community Service. With Congressman John Lewis, Wofford initiated and authored the act that established Martin Luther King Day as a day of service. In 1961 through 1962, Wofford served as President John F. Kennedy’s Special Assistant for Civil Rights and helped Sargent Shriver launch the Peace Corps.
We commend him for his exceptional service and thank him for his efforts! Watch video of Senator Wofford accepting the 2014 Friend of America’s Service Commissions: