In April 2009, President Barack Obama signed the Edward M. Kennedy Serve America Act, a measure that expands the national service programs administered by the Corporation for National and Community Service. According to NationalService.org, the law focuses on national issues and seeks to expand opportunities for community service by "building the capacity of individuals, nonprofits and communities; and by encouraging innovative approaches to solving problems."
In addition, the statute created a new 25-member White House Council for Community Solutions to advise the president on "the best ways to mobilize citizens, nonprofits, businesses and government to work more effectively together to solve specific community needs."
President Obama has reportedly tapped rocker and loyal Democratic Party supporter Jon Bon Jovi to serve on the presidential advisory council, along with eBay CEO John Donahoe, Starbucks Vice President Paula Boggs and Rockefeller Foundation President Judith Rodin.
The Washington Post reports:
Bon Jovi performed at Obama's inaugural concert and promoted the Obama administration's United We Serve initiative during his recent world tour.
But, on a serious note, the Jon Bon Jovi Soul Foundation has partnered with public and private organizations to help combat homelessness. The efforts have yielded more than 260 units of affordable housing for low income individuals and families, according to his spokeswoman.
Obama has tapped several other celebrities to serve on presidential commissions and councils. Yo-Yo Ma and Sarah Jessica Parker are on the President's Committee on the Arts and Humanities, for example.