Serv the community is a new tool to assist Americans in volunteering. Earlier this week, President Obama signed the Edward M. Kennedy Serve America Act, a bold expansion of opportunities for all Americans to serve their communities and their country.

“During a time of almost unprecedented challenges it is critical that we all work together, the government alone cannot fix everything.  Working together in a sustained, collaborative effort, we can harness our greatest resource, our people, and change the course of history.”


This website is a new portal for Americans to find ways to serve their communities.  It works like this: you put in a keyword – “education,” “environment,” or whatever interests you – and type in your zip code to see what opportunities are available in your area.

The idea is uncomplicated and the execution is simple. Will this work? The site also presents an opportunity for Americans to tell the Whitehouse how they are delivering on change…

“Whether it is an hour per month helping those struggling in the current economy, tutoring kids in your neighborhood every day, or anything else, we want to highlight what Americans are doing to strengthen our country.”

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