- The Washington Times - Wednesday, June 17, 2009

President Obama Wednesday called on Americans to volunteer for service projects and help his administration “build a new foundation” for the country.

The president, a former community organizer himself, announced in a video message the inauguration of United We Serve, a program that starts Monday and runs through Sept. 11 to promote “sustained, meaningful community service.”

He directed people to www.serve.gov, a site that allows users to find local service projects or create new ones. The goal is to get people to incorporate service into their daily lives.

“In this new century, we need to a build a new foundation for economic growth in America,” Mr. Obama said. “My administration has already begun this work with dramatic new investments in education, health care and clean energy investments that will create new jobs and lay the foundation for lasting prosperity. But we cannot do this alone here in Washington.”

He added, “It’s going to take all of us, working together.”

The White House said it would be led by the Corporation for National and Community Service, a federal agency.

Mr. Obama recently signed the Serve America Act, which created the National Day of Service and Remembrance on Sept. 11.

The new site seeks to get volunteers to stay involved beyond that day with a focus on education, health, energy and the environment and community renewal.

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