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State Of The Union 2011: Turning Ideas Into Action In Your Community

First Posted: 01/25/11 11:58 PM ET   Updated: 05/25/11 07:25 PM ET

In his annual State of the Union address, President Obama addressed a nation struggling out of a crippling economic recession, facing divisive policy decisions -- and still reeling from the recent shooting rampage in Tucson.

Banding together in tough times, Americans across the country are bringing the president's words to life by taking local action to improve their communities.

Here's five ways you can get involved:

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The country's precarious economic situation remains the most pressing issue facing the country. Unemployment rates are high, home foreclosures are frequent and resources at food banks are stretched thin.

Take action to support local families that need help putting food on the table by volunteering to work at your local food bank -- or donate extra food to those in need. You can locate your nearest food bank on the Feeding America website. Read tips on how you can best help.
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