Statement on the Passing of Senator Harris Wofford

January 23, 2019 (Washington, DC) – The Congressional Award Foundation joins the nation in mourning the loss of former U.S. Senator Harris Wofford of Pennsylvania.

On February 19, 2008, Senator Wofford served as the Keynote Speaker for The Congressional Award Pennsylvania Statewide Ceremony hosted at the National Constitution Center in Philadelphia, PA.

In addition to being a devoted civil rights activist and adviser to President John F. Kennedy, Senator Wofford was known for reinvigorating America’s passion for service. He steered the National and Community Service Act of 1993, which created AmeriCorps, the Senior Corps, and Learn and Serve America, all federally funded programs that have engaged hundreds of thousands of volunteers across the nation.

As a champion of service, Senator Wofford was generous enough to support Congress’ award for youth long after his tenure in the Senate.

We give our condolences to Mr. Wofford’s family and friends. He left an indelible impression on our nation and his legacy will serve as an example for generations to come.