About TPIA

TPIA History

In 2002, President George W. Bush called on all Americans to commit at least two years over the course of their lives (the equivalent of 4,000 hours) to service to their communities. Citizen response to this request has been extraordinary. Across America, volunteers are serving others in countless ways and through myriad organizations – schools, hospitals, shelters, pantries, churches, synagogues, mosques, and parks and conservation areas.

TPIA Frequently Asked Questions

Q. What is the Take Pride In America Initiative?

A. The Take Pride In America Initiative is a national campaign to encourage Federal, state, and local public and private partnerships and volunteer service to protect public parks, recreation areas, and cultural resources. Its primary focus will be to encourage citizen stewards to dedicate time and service to help protect and restore resources and facilities in their area.

Q. Why is this being launched now?

A. President George W. Bush has made a strong commitment to encouraging citizens to public service. This initiative, part of the President’s USA Freedom Corps volunteer service initiative, represents range of opportunities for citizens to take active roles in their communities. America’s public parks, recreation areas, and cultural sites are more popular than ever and continue to attract many visitors. In some instances, recreational uses are up dramatically. Take Pride In America can help mobilize much needed volunteer efforts and create a new synergy in addressing Federal, state, and local resource and recreation needs.