Friday, July 17, 2009

Building Up Communities Through Service

A "summer of service" initiative has been launched by the Corporation for National and Community Service (CNCS) in partnership with the White House. The initiative, United We Serve, encourages people to create meaningful change in their communities by engaging in service.

"Economic recovery is as much about what you're doing in your communities as what we're doing in Washington – and it’s going to take all of us, working together," President Obama said in a video message announcing the initiative. "I'm calling on all of you to make volunteerism and community service part of your daily life and the life of this nation. ... We need individuals, community organizations, corporations, foundations, and our government to be part of this effort."

As part of our participation in this initiative, NeighborWorks America has committed to the following:

  • Recruiting 155 employees from across the organization at four hours each to generate 620 hours of service through our employee volunteer service program

  • Supporting network organizations in recruiting and deploying volunteers

  • Selecting 68 network organizations to have one or more AmeriCorps Vista Volunteers (see related blog post)

Visit to learn more about United We Serve. On the site, you can also find volunteer opportunities, register volunteer projects, and share volunteer stories.