In a video message, Mr. Obama unveiled "United We Serve," an extended initiative for Americans to serve their country through local action that benefits the community. Mr. Obama said the program is a supplement to the federal government's economic recovery efforts.
"We can rebuild our schools, but we need people to be mentors and tutors in those schools," Mr. 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."
As per his agenda, the president asks Americans to focus on the four pillars of economic recovery: education, health care, energy independence, and community and economic renewal.
"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," Mr. Obama said.
The President encouraged all volunteers to head to the Web site www.serve.gov to register their service programs, search for activities in their area and brainstorm other ways to serve the community.
The Web site also provides volunteers with a tool kit that provides facts about the project, as well as step-by-step instructions and worksheets on how to organize a service activity in their neighborhood. Click here for an example of how to expand access to healthy food.
"United We Serve" will begin on June 22 and run through summer until September 11, the National Day of Service and Remembrance as per the Edward M. Kennedy Serve America Act. The program will be led by the Corporation for National and Community Service, which also oversees Americorps.