Clinton to continue powering Bush's thousand points of light

April 23, 1993|By New York Times News Service

WASHINGTON -- President George Bush's beloved points of light did not all go out when he did.

In fact, the non-partisan Points of Light Foundation, which embodied Mr. Bush's national service campaign, has expanded and is developing a working relationship with the Clinton administration.

"The foundation continues to grow and flourish," said Barbara Lohman, vice president of communications for the 3-year-old organization.

The foundation's work has become part of President Clinton's own national service initiative.

And Mr. Clinton gave the group a lift earlier this month when he proposed in his 1994 budget to continue federal financing for the organization at $5 million.

"We have worked closely with them," Eli Segal, director of the White House Office of National Service, said of the foundation. Mr. Segal noted that a staff member from the foundation was recently assigned to assist his office in implementing Mr. Clinton's summer service program.

This program will send people 17 to 25 years old into communities around the country to work with youths who are socially and economically disadvantaged.

Mr. Bush introduced his concept of volunteerism in his acceptance speech at the 1988 Republican National Convention. depicted America as a network of charitable organizations, "a brilliant diversity spread like stars, like a thousand points of light in a broad and peaceful sky."

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