- The Washington Times - Tuesday, April 21, 2009

Several ways to get involved in national service:

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LOCAL OPPORTUNITIES

_To volunteer in your neighborhood, go to https://www.volunteer.gov/. The Web site, run by the federal government, gives Americans a way to search for service opportunities within a ZIP code or state.

_Ask religious leaders or faith-based organizations about ways to help others.

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OLDER AMERICANS

_Senior Corps, a government-run program, gives people 55 and older a chance to conduct safety patrols for local police departments, participate in environmental projects or help tutor children. To join, visit https://www.getinvolved.gov or call 800-424-8867.

_Search for other opportunities through AARP’s Web site at https://www.aarp.org/createthegood.

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STUDENTS

_Ask your guidance counselor, principal or PTA about ways to help in the community.

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COLLEGE STUDENTS AND ADULTS

_To join AmeriCorps, visit https://www.americorps.gov or call 800-942-2677.

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