NEW YORK — President Bush proposed a $100-million national volunteer program today, urging all Americans to become "points of light" by helping their communities fight homelessness, hunger, drug abuse and other problems.
In a speech to New York civic leaders, Bush officially outlined his four-year program "to join hands and link hearts, to light up the American sky." Led by New Jersey Gov. Thomas H. Kean, it will encourage citizens of all ages as well as businesses and other institutions to work harder against social ills.
"Today I ask all Americans . . . to make service central to your life and work," the President told about 1,200 members of the civic organizations called New York Partnership and Assn. for a Better New York.
"I'm here today to ask that all sectors private and public . . . join this great movement to extend national service into every corner of America," he said. "For it is a movement, bold and unprecedented--not a program, not another bureaucracy."