WASHINGTON (CNN) – President Obama unveiled a new community service initiative Wednesday with a focus on his administration's domestic policy priorities: education, health care, energy, and turning around the nation's struggling economy.
"[W]e cannot do this alone here in Washington," the president said in an online video announcing the launch of "United We Serve."
"We can rebuild our schools, but we need people to be mentors and tutors . . . we need volunteers in our hospitals and communities . . .we need people to use energy-efficient products in their homes and train for the green jobs in the future," he said. "...[W]e need to build a new foundation for economic growth in America."
The campaign will begin on June 22 and run through September 11, which became "The National Day of Service and Remembrance" when Obama signed legislation promoting community service soon after taking office.
As part of the new campaign, the administration also launched serve.gov Wednesday. The Web site allows users to register their community service projects and connect with others interested in volunteering.
"United We Serve" will be overseen by the Corporation for National and Community Service, a federal agency charged with fostering community service and volunteerism.