United We Serve

  • Posted on Aug 4, 2010
    Today, President Barack Obama will announce the recipients of the 2010 Presidential Citizens Medal – and you can watch it live from the White House website. For over 40 years, the Presidential Citizens Medal has recognized Americans who have "performed exemplary deeds of service for their country or their fellow citizens." Past recipients have included some of America's most respected public figures but also everyday heroes - united by an unwavering commitment to service. The Medal is among the highest honors a civilian can receive.
  • Posted on Jul 23, 2010
    Every day, nonprofit organizations are banding together to strengthen their communities through innovative ideas – and they are producing remarkable results. We need to support and grow these efforts. Today, the Corporation for National and Community Service (CNCS) is excited to announce its first-ever Social Innovation Fund (SIF) awards designed to support community-driven efforts to improve the economic, health and education prospects of low-income families.
  • Posted on Jul 1, 2010
    Ed. Note: This blog is cross-posted from the White House blog. 
  • Posted on Jun 30, 2010
    Earlier this month, the United We Serve team launched its Let’s Read. Let’s Move. initiative. Let’s Read. Let’s Move. has three simple goals: increase opportunities for Americans to use service to promote physical activity; expand access to healthy and affordable food; and prevent summer learning loss in Ameria’s kids. We aren't going to successfully achieve thse goals alone. It is our hope that through strategic partnerships with organizations who focus on getting kids moving, reading and eating healthy foods, we will be able to make a significant impact.
  • Posted on Jun 28, 2010
    Today kicks of the National Conference on Volunteering and Service – more than 5,000 (!) service leaders are pouring into New York City to create greater impact and effectiveness in meeting social needs through service and volunteering.
  • Posted on Jun 24, 2010
    (From the White House Blog)
  • Posted on Jun 9, 2010
    All across America children are excitedly counting down the days to summer vacation; summer is a time each year when children and families can relax, play, and explore their creative interests together. We are, however, keenly aware that summer is also the time when the healthy habits and knowledge that our children developed during the school year are most likely to stall.
  • Posted on May 27, 2010
    Every day, in communities across America, promising non-profit organizations direct heroic efforts to implement innovative, effective solutions to our nation’s most daunting social challenges.Tackling a wide variety of issues, from poverty to failing schools, non-profits are at the forefront of what I call the “solutions business.” The impact of their good work is only hampered by a lack of resources and insufficient capacity to gauge their programs’ impact, improve on them, and grow them to serve more people in more communities.
  • Posted on May 7, 2010
    Patrick Corvington, CEO of the Corporation for National and Community Service, delivered the commencement address at the University of Texas at San Antonio’s spring graduation ceremonies. Representing the Obama Administration, Patrick spoke about service as an option for the class of 2010. Patrick noted the 3,000 volunteer hours UTSA students contributed to their local community and applauded the campus’ United to Serve effort, wherein 300+ students, faculty and staff collaborated to clean up graffiti, read to children and organize food banks.
  • Posted on May 7, 2010
    What happens when you put together 20 tons of lumber, dozens of AmeriCorps members and about 2,000 volunteers working for 24 hours straight? Five hundred Kentucky kids get brand new beds of their own, complete with sheets, blankets, pillows, nightlights, cuddly toys and books for all the all-important bedtime reading.

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