United We Serve (Serve.gov) Fact Sheet

The President and First Lady launched United We Serve in partnership with the Corporation for National and Community Service. United We Serve is a nationwide initiative, beginning this summer, to create a sustained, collaborative, and focused effort to meet community needs and make service a way of life for all Americans. The online home of United We Serve is Serve.gov.

Confident that ordinary people can achieve extraordinary things when given the proper tools, President Obama has called on Americans to both expand the impact of existing organizations by engaging new volunteers in their work and encourage volunteers to develop their own "do-it-yourself" projects.

"Economic recovery is as much about what you're doing in yourcommunities as what we're doing in Washington - and it's going to take all of us, working together. I'm calling on all Americans to make volunteering and community service part of your daily life and the life of this nation" President Barack Obama

PURPOSE

United We Serve will take traditional calls to service further by:

  • Putting volunteers on a path to sustained service.
  • Asking volunteers to become volunteer organizers by identifying unmet needs in their community, developing their own service projects, and engaging others who are interested in the same issue area.
  • Providing easy-to-use tools on Serve.gov for volunteers to set outcome-oriented goals and track their community impact.
  • Calling upon Americans to form new community partnerships and join together across historical barriers of religion, race, and ethnicity.

FOCUS

United We Serve will empower Americans to participate this summer by:

  • Promoting clean energy, energy efficiency, and public land restoration.
  • Supporting education and literacy for all Americans.
  • Increasing health care access, public health awareness, and prevention.
  • Providing community renewal to areas hardest hit by the economic crisis.
  • Ensuring our communities are safe from disasters and our veterans and military families are supported.

The summer initiative culminates on the September 11th National Day of Service and Remembrance, but United We Serve is ongoing. The National Day of Service and Remembrance will recognize the summer's accomplishments, honor those who died on September 11, 2001 by serving in their memory, and encourage Americans to make an ongoing commitment to service.

If you want to volunteer, here's how you can search for volunteer opportunities.

  • Visit Serve.gov.
  • Enter some of the keywords of the kind of volunteer activity that interests you, as well as your city, state, or ZIP code.
  • Click "Find Opportunities Now."
  • You will be directed to the website of All for Good, which will list opportunities in your area that match your interests, along with a map of their location.
  • To ensure you have a quality experience, browse the different opportunities that show up. Visit organizations' websites and call to make a connection. Tell them you are a United We Serve volunteer answering the President's call to service, and look forward to helping them expand their community impact.
  • Tell us your Story of Service. We might feature it on Serve.gov this summer.

If you are an organization and want to recruit volunteers, here's how you can post your volunteer opportunities.

  • Visit Serve.gov.
  • Click "Post Your Project."
  • You will be directed to create an account. This account registers you/your organization with Serve.gov so that you can post your volunteer opportunities and they will be searchable by visitors to the site. You can also track volunteer sign ups. Make sure your posting includes all the key words that would come to mind when someone is searching for your volunteer opportunity (i.e., if you organize a park trail clean up, include the words "nature," "park," "trail," "environment," etc).
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