The President's Call to Service
In the summer of 2009, President Obama called on all Americans – young and old, from every background all across the country – to make volunteerism and community service part of their daily lives. To that end, he tasked the Corporation for National and Community Service to lead United We Serve, an effort that began as a summer service initiative and expanded to encourage volunteerism all year round.
The challenges our nation faces cannot be solved by edicts or quick fixes from Washington alone. We can rebuild our schools, but we need people to be mentors and tutors in those schools. We can modernize our health care system, but we need volunteers in our hospitals and communities to help care for the sick and help people lead healthier lives. We can invest in clean energy, but we need people to use energy-efficient products in their homes and train for the green jobs of the future.
If you’re involved in a service project in your community, go to Serve.gov and register it so other people can sign up to join you. If you have an idea for a project – like getting a group together to volunteer each week at a homeless shelter, or read to kids at your local library, or pick up trash in a local park – you can go online and register that, too.
And if you’re someone who’s interested in volunteering, you can go to Serve.gov to find opportunities in your community. The website has everything you need to get started.