Points of Light
Learn more about the world’s largest organization dedicated to volunteer service that mobilizes millions of people to take action that is changing the world. The organization’s origins stem from President Bush’s 1989 inaugural address that invoked the vision of a "thousand points of light," and invited the nation to take action through service to their fellow citizens.
Barbara Bush Foundation for Family Literacy
On March 6, 1989, Barbara Bush launched the Barbara Bush Foundation for Family Literacy, that advocates for the most basic of educational skills for both child and parent: the ability to read and write. She recognized that providing access to literacy programs was essential to helping parents and children have an equal chance to succeed in life. Her work has helped to improve the lives of many families across the nation and continues to inspire the next generation of learners.
Barbara Bush Houston Literacy Foundation
The Barbara Bush Houston Literacy Foundation was established in 2013 by the Bush family as a charitable organization focused on improving the quality of life for Houston residents through the power of literacy. The foundation has taken on the important role of expanding the awareness of the value of literacy and building the capacity throughout the Houston community by mobilizing community resources – funding, volunteers and services – to dramatically increase the literacy rates among people of all ages.
First Families Museum (in Kennebunkport, Maine)
The First Families Museum celebrates Kennebunkport’s rich legacy from sea captains to Presidents, with special tours and exhibitions. President and Mrs. Bush have generously supported the museum with personal family artifacts.
USS George H.W. Bush (CVN-77)
The USS George H.W. Bush is one of the Navy’s most modern and advanced aircraft carriers in the fleet today. Commissioned Jan. 10, 2009, the ship has a crew of more than 5,000 sailors and Marines. From its homeport in Norfolk, Virginia, the USS George H.W. Bush will be mission ready to conduct sustained Carrier Strike Group operations and all other operations as directed and required by our National Command Authority to support national goals around the globe. “Freedom at work.”
MD Anderson Cancer Center
The mission of The University of Texas MD Anderson Cancer Center is to eliminate cancer in Texas, the nation, and the world through outstanding programs that integrate patient care, research and prevention, and through education for undergraduate and graduate students, trainees, professionals, employees and the public.