Monday, June 22, 2009
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.
Friday, January 16, 2009
Monday is Martin Luther King Day. Many schools and places of business close for this federal holiday to honor the memory and accomplishments of Dr. King. Rather than spend the day on frivolous activities, Congress wants you to put this day off to good use by participating in a community service project. In fact, there are several government sponsored sites dedicated to encouraging the public to volunteer on Monday including one by the Corporation for National and Community Service and one created in response to President-elect Obama’s call to action. Charities featured on Charity Navigator, including Hands On Network and Volunteers of America, also list volunteer opportunities on their sites. And our Guide To Volunteering offers lots of advice if you are new to giving your time.