"United We Serve" is a nationwide service initiative that will help meet growing social needs resulting from the economic downturn. With the knowledge that ordinary people can achieve extraordinary things when given the proper tools, President Obama is asking us to come together to help lay a new foundation for growth. This initiative aims 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.
Serve.gov is managed by the Corporation for National and Community Service.

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Quick Tips

  • Volunteer in your community – Your child will gain a better understanding of the importance of helping others.
  • Make a difference in your neighborhood – Ask your children if they know someone in the neighborhood who needs help, and then lend that person a hand.
  • Make a difference in your neighborhood: Ask your children if they know someone in the neighborhood who could use some help, maybe with yard work, doing errands, or preparing food (Your children will have other ideas too.) Then you and your children can lend that person a hand together.
  • Chaperone a school event or class field trip: Go back to school with your children. Help organize a school event or, if you can, take the day off from work and go with the class on a trip. Ask your children’s teachers about other ways you can help.

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Starting your own project

Have an idea for a service project – like getting a group together to volunteer each week at a homeless shelter, or reading to kids at your local library? Learn how to turn your volunteer idea into a successful service project using our do-it-yourself toolkits below.
Toolkits from Serve.gov: http://www.nationalservice.gov/

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