June 17th, 2009
06:17 PM ET
13 years ago

Obama calls for summer of service

[cnn-photo-caption image= http://i2.cdn.turner.com/cnn/2009/images/06/17/art.boserve0617.wh.jpg caption="In an online video released Wednesday, President Obama called on all Americans to volunteer in their communities."]
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.

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soundoff (19 Responses)
  1. Proud DHS radical

    Obama really needs to stick to two or three major issues like Iran, N. Korea, health care and deal with those first, than trying to change everything his little brain can imagine needing changing.

    June 17, 2009 07:47 pm at 7:47 pm |
  2. Rick

    HA! Good luck with that whole Serve America thingy. I don't know a single person who is actually willing to serve this Administration's lame call to service. Most people are not exactly in favor of giving the federal government a larger role in their daily lives. So I hope they're satisfied just getting serviced by the people who put them there.

    June 17, 2009 07:58 pm at 7:58 pm |
  3. LacrosseMom

    How wonderful would that be IF every able American would serve their country in some way!

    Volunteer in your community, its the best way to give back to a wonderful nation.

    June 17, 2009 08:01 pm at 8:01 pm |
  4. bess

    all fine and dandy to keep his community "service" roots but it's not much help for those who have lost jobs and are discovering the economy is NOT recovering.

    June 17, 2009 08:12 pm at 8:12 pm |
  5. Zero.

    Sorry! I cant do it. It was all dream. Even though because I am black, the Media are scared of me, and I get away with everything.

    Now you have to save my Skin.

    June 17, 2009 08:14 pm at 8:14 pm |
  6. Paula

    Go away nobama, you are making the entire country sick. I want to vomit everytime you open your trap. What a disapointment you turned out to be. Take MO and go back to Chicago.

    June 17, 2009 08:23 pm at 8:23 pm |
  7. annie against biased news

    Here cnn – you are another network who needs to get a room with obama! Critizies his destruction of our country and you never get your comments posted! If he signs one more piece of useless legislation, he will have writers cramp. Since he wasn't really raised in the USA, he doesn't understand that for the most part Americans are the most giving caring people in the world. There are thousands and thousands of volunteers in all walks of life and they do it of their own free will – not because some community organizer is trying to force it down their throats!

    June 17, 2009 08:47 pm at 8:47 pm |
  8. annie against biased news

    Where do you find these dopey pictures of obama – looks like he half assleep. Night before must have been one of those late night $100 per pound beef nights.

    June 17, 2009 08:51 pm at 8:51 pm |
  9. SnowBird

    We need people to work for Acorn. We need people to give to my campaign? We need Joe Biden to give $900 TOTAL to charity. Typical liberal hypocrite.

    June 17, 2009 08:52 pm at 8:52 pm |
  10. Chales F Milwaukee

    Sounds like a great ideal, but many of us are tying to find jobs to feed our families now.

    June 17, 2009 08:53 pm at 8:53 pm |
  11. David (Los Angeles, CA)

    Whaaaa? A president who asks me to actually
    do something for the community? Looks like the
    summer will no longer be free of non-academic
    commitments for this student.

    June 17, 2009 08:53 pm at 8:53 pm |
  12. just truth

    what happened to creating jobs. sounds like he would rather create work for nothing and still loose everything you own.

    June 17, 2009 09:01 pm at 9:01 pm |
  13. Will

    I'm sure plenty of people would be willing to lend their time... if they weren't so burned out from working in order to afford the ludacrous costs of housing, energy, and health care.

    June 17, 2009 09:07 pm at 9:07 pm |
  14. what is wrong with the existing service organizations?

    Ameri Corps

    Peace Corps

    many many... why do we need more?

    June 17, 2009 09:07 pm at 9:07 pm |
  15. Right Leaning Independent

    Yes, no sense in all the unemployed sitting around watching tv all summer. At least those of us still working will get something for all the money we are paying to support them.. That is what he meant – right??

    June 17, 2009 09:47 pm at 9:47 pm |
  16. TCM

    What a "Statist." Stop promoting your socialist crap. Volunteers have historically helped out their communities; more in the past then now when you're trying to act as if it's something new...want something new? Stop lying, and bullying those that intimidate your agenda.....I was serving my community and my country when you were smoking dope in college, and traveling to Pakistan on an Indonesian passport....in 1981...gee, Americans weren't allowed in Pakistan in 1981....why don't you do this country some service, and resign, you phony.

    June 17, 2009 10:30 pm at 10:30 pm |
  17. A Proud Arrogant American

    How about some paying jobs???

    June 17, 2009 10:48 pm at 10:48 pm |
  18. MattM

    What Obama?

    I thought only the government could fix this?

    Now that you have enslaved generations of Americans with debt to pay off your handlers you want us to work for free for the same government that my grandchildren now will be born with $500,000 in debt to???

    Are you out of your mind?

    June 17, 2009 10:53 pm at 10:53 pm |
  19. DRB

    Our family volunteers weekly like most republicans I know. It has been proven, the middle income Republican families give far more than the middle income Democrat families to charity. Oh wait, same goes for the President and Vice President – just take a look at their charitable contributions. What a joke! It is the Democrats who don't give and don't serve. They are the ones who want to be served. Guess he is talking to all those who elected him to get off their lazy buts. Go figure! Last week we were at an apartment complex feeding mostly illegal non-English speaking families, this week we are working with 1000 kids here in the local community, and next week our family will be working with the elderly. Almost every family we know, serves just like this but you'll never hear about the good the conservative people of this nation are busy doing by the liberal media. No just Michelle in her garden using kids to promote her husbands policies of health care.

    June 17, 2009 11:01 pm at 11:01 pm |