07/23/2009 05:12 am ET Updated Mar 19, 2015

President Obama Encourages Summer Of Service

This Summer, President Obama is calling on all Americans to volunteer in local community service projects across the country. This new community service initiative called "United we Serve," officially kicks off June 22nd and ends on September 11th, the National Day of Service and Remembrance.

In the video below, Obama urges Americans to help their local communities by volunteering at a homeless shelter, reading to kids at a local library, or getting involved in other projects. "We can rebuild our schools, but we need people to be mentors and tutors in those schools," Obama said in the video. "We can modernize our health care system, but we need volunteers in our hospitals and communities to help care for the sick and help people lead healthier lives. We can invest in clean energy, but we need people to use energy-efficient products in their homes and train for the green jobs of the future."


You can register your service project by going to For community service opportunities in your neighborhood, checkout what Arianna Huffington calls a "craigslist for service" by going to

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