Monday, June 22, 2009
National Service in the Summer Months
When the going gets rough, American volunteers get going. So it's a good thing the Corporation for National and Community Service (CNCS) and Michelle Obama recently announced a new Summer of Service plan. Interested participants can visit www.serve.gov to find nearby volunteer opportunities that address: environmentalism and sustainability, education and literacy, access to healthcare and public health, and assistance to communities deeply touched by the economic downturn.
This isn't the first time we've seen valiant efforts from American volunteers or support for such initiatives by powerful political representatives. As noted in previous posts, a quarter of Americans volunteered last year, with teens being a major constituent. The Obamas have been long-standing supporters of service and intelligent giving. Michelle Obama has recommended the use of Charity Navigator to find worthy charities.