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President honored Little Canada resident today
Local volunteer received award for work with Salvation Army, MS Society

Aug. 21, 2007

Contact: Emily Wilson

MINNEAPOLIS—President George W. Bush presented the President’s Volunteer Service Award to Jim Daly, of Little Canada, Minn., when he arrived today in Minneapolis Wednesday, Aug., 21. Daly is a volunteer with The Salvation Army’s Emergency Disaster Services and the National Multiple Sclerosis Society, Minnesota Chapter.

To thank volunteers for making a difference in the lives of others, President Bush honors a local volunteer when he travels throughout the United States. Daly was the 600th volunteer to greet President Bush since March 2002.

Daly has volunteered with The Salvation Army’s Emergency Disaster Services for seven years and is currently serving as the incident commander for the Interstate 35W bridge collapse. In 2002, Daly was deployed to New York City to work as a Salvation Army volunteer at Ground Zero.

Daly has been a volunteer with the National MS Society, Minnesota Chapter for nine years. He volunteers at the Allianz MS 60/30, Larkin Hoffman MS 150 and Star Tribune MS TRAM bike tours. Daly also serves on the MS Bike Tour Committee, helping to coordinate and manage event logistics for all three MS Society bike tours. Daly helps to recruit key volunteer positions—including first aid, intersection safety and parking volunteers—for numerous other MS Society events.

“For nine years Jim Daly has selflessly given his time, knowledge and leadership abilities to help the MS Society move closer to a world free of multiple sclerosis,” said National MS Society, Minnesota Chapter President Maureen Reeder. “Jim is dedicated to improving the lives of people in our community and beyond, which makes him truly deserving of this distinctive honor.”

The President's Volunteer Service Award was created at the President’s direction by the President's Council on Service and Civic Participation.  The Award is available to youth ages 14 and under who have completed 50 or more hours of volunteer service; to individuals 15 and older who have completed 100 or more hours; and to families or groups who have completed 200 or more hours.  For more information about the Award, visit http://www.presidentialserviceawards.gov/.


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