"United We Serve," a summer-long campaign to expand the size and scope of volunteering, kicked off today with a video statement from President Barack Obama.
Citing the continuing pressure on nonprofits and other service organizations to meet the needs of people adversely affected by the recession, as well as the eagerness of people to help any way they can, Obama urged young and old to check the website www.serve.gov to locate a group that needs volunteers or to create their own service groups.
The campaign formally begins June 22, the first day of the Corporation for National and Community Service's annual convention on volunteering, being held this year in San Francisco. The campaign will continue through Sept. 11, which has been named a National Day of Service and Remembrance.
The project is supported by a grant from Target.