06/21/2013 11:02 am ET Updated Aug 21, 2013

Wanna Hang Out and Change the World?

Join me, NFL players Roberto Garza and Glover Quin, WNBA basketball star Maya Moore, leaders from Wall Street and Main Street, and thousands of others across the globe who want to make the world a better place.

We're coming together online today through The 21, a 21-hour live webcast via Google+ Hangouts. Our goal is to raise awareness about United Way's education initiatives, while also working to recruit 21,000 readers, tutors and mentors. It's part of United Way's global Day of Action, in which volunteers in 30 countries and six continents are taking local action to improve their communities.

The 21 is a fun new way to celebrate the community change work United Way is leading in education, income and health -- the building blocks of a good quality life. Each year, thousands of people in hundreds of communities step up to be part of the change on United Way's Day of Action, contributing their time, energy and resources to improve lives.

Whether it's tutoring struggling readers in inner-city schools, like Maya Moore, collecting books for kids who don't have any, building new playgrounds in inner-city neighborhoods, or leading food drives to help families -- it's all part of being the change.

When volunteering is part of a broader community change strategy (often led or powered by United Way) it creates lasting, local solutions. That's what we mean when we say we LIVE UNITED.

So come hang out with us at, and raise your hand to keep on making a difference in your community -- every day.

Find out how to join United Way's team of volunteer readers, tutors and mentors at