“The Council will provide advice to the President on the best ways to mobilize citizens, nonprofits, businesses and government to work more effectively together to solve specific community needs," the Politico quoted the release as stating. “These impressive men and women have dedicated their lives and careers to civic engagement and social innovation," Obama said.
“I commend them for their outstanding contributions to their communities, and I am confident that they will serve the American people well in their new roles on the White House Council for Community Solutions. I look forward to working with them in the months and years ahead," he added.
The White House has outlined three functions the Council is tasked with:
1. Enlisting leaders in the non-profit, private, and philanthropic sectors to make progress on key policy goals.
2. Providing strategic input and recommendations to help the federal government promote greater innovation and cross-sector collaboration.
3. Honouring and highlighting those making a significant impact in their own communities.
The bio of Bon Jovi provided by the White House highlights his work as chairman of the Jon Bon Jovi Soul Foundation, “a non-profit organization dedicated to helping the lives of those in need". “To date, Mr. Bon Jovi and the Soul Foundation have provided affordable housing to hundreds of low-income individuals and families," it stated.