With Crime and Hardship Prevalent Texas Man Seeks To Inspire Others To Be the Beacon of Light

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Award PresentedJason Rodriguez

With thousands of hours of volunteer service, Jason Rodriguez of the Pasadena Texas Community was honored for his civic engagement last week with the US President’s Gold Achievement Award.

The President's Volunteer Service Award (PVSA) was created in 2003 by President George W. Bush to honor people who have volunteered service to communities across the United States of America. The award has continued under each administration since its inception.

The PVSA is one of the highest civilian merit awards the US President can bestow to citizens. The program is part of the President’s Council on Service and Civic Participation programs led by AmeriCorps and Points of Light.

Jason served on several nonprofit volunteer boards.

These include:

  • UNA-USA Dartmouth chapter as Vice President
  • UNA-USA Tampa Chapter as Goodwill Ambassador Director and Intern Coordinator
  • Volunteer Resource Director for a Community outreach church mission to combat human trafficking
  • Board of advisors at World Peace Tracts

Additionally, Jason Rodriguez served as a volunteer in the following capacities:

  • Cadet in the Civil Air Patrol auxiliary of the United States Air Force
  • Champions councilman at Nothing But Nets, a campaign of the United Nations Foundation to defeat malaria
  • General help at Salvation Army during the holiday season
  • Disaster relief volunteer at Helping Hands
  • United Nations Volunteer grant funding proposal professional for two different community organizations based in Africa
  • A campaign volunteer for the ACLU on specific issues near and dear to his heart
  • General volunteer helper at a Hispanic Outreach Center
  • 3rd-degree member of the Knights of Columbus and the Knights of Peter Claver

Some Philanthropic endeavors include:

  • Philanthropic Fellow of the Florida Bar Foundation
  • Kentucky Colonel Philanthropic Investments
  • Goodwill Ambassador Foundation Philanthropic Investments
  • World Peace Tracts Philanthropic Investments

Some affiliations include membership as a clansman of the Clan Campbell Society North America, Clan Baird Society Worldwide, and an Alumnus of the Mayor’s Neighborhood University.

Today he is planning for a rosary rally later this year as the Volunteer Campaign Captain of America Needs Fatima (ANF). ANF is a campaign of the American Society for the Defense of Tradition, Family and Property (TFP).

The mission of the rally is to share the importance and power of praying the Rosary, a mission Jason feels will honor his grandmothers.

We asked Jason if he wanted to share any words. He wrote back, “I call on everyone to:

  • Seek peace within yourself and peace for others
  • Reach out in service
  • Protect the environment
  • Respect diversity and be a responsible citizen of our great country and the universe at large
  • Respect all the weak and afflicted, be the defender of them
  • Be the change maker and champion of the right and the good against injustice

He ended with a quote from Bobby Kennedy saying,

Each time a man stands up for an ideal, or acts to improve the lot of others, or strikes out against injustice, he sends forth a tiny ripple of hope and crossing each other from a million different centers of energy and daring, those ripples build a current that can sweep down the mightiest walls of oppression and resistance. -End Quote-

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THE WHITE HOUSE
WASHINGTON

The American story does not depend on any one of us, not on some of us, but on all of us. I congratulate you on taking it upon yourself to contribute to the public good, and I’m proud to present you with The President’s gold volunteer service award in recognition of your 2,432 hours of service to this great Nation.

Throughout our country’s history, the American story has been strengthened by those who combine an optimism about what can be with the resilience to turn that vision into reality. I know I’m not alone in recognizing that those who are willing to step up and volunteer in service of community and country are essential to the ongoing work of forming are more perfect union.

By sharing your time and passion, you are helping discover and deliver solutions to the challenges we face - solutions that we need now more than ever. We are living in a moment that calls for hope and light and love. Hope for our future, light to see our way forward, and love for one another. Through your service, you are providing all three.

On behalf of the American people, I extend my heartfelt appreciation to you for your volunteer leadership, and I encourage you to continue to answer the call to service. The country is counting on you.

J.R Biden

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