Fwd: United We Serve - A summertime service initiative
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From: Jody Olsen, Acting Director of Peace Corps <stories@...>
Date: Fri, Jun 19, 2009 at 8:28 AM
Subject: United We Serve
THE DIRECTOR OF THE PEACE CORPS
June 19, 2009
Dear Returned Peace Corps Volunteers:
I am proud to invite you to join President Obama's summer service
initiative - United We Serve - a call to all Americans to join a
volunteer effort this summer and be part of building a new foundation
for America, one community at a time.
United We Serve officially starts on June 22 and runs through the
National Day of Service and Remembrance on September 11. Since his
inauguration, the President has called on all Americans to serve their
communities and be a part of building a better future for our country.
At nearly 200,000 strong, returned Peace Corps Volunteers (RPCVs) have
a tradition of making a difference in their communities by selflessly
contributing their skills and experience through their dedication to
service. Across America, individual RPCVs and RPCV groups are engaged
in grassroots projects like restoring hiking trails in Denver,
providing assistance and education opportunities to refugees in San
Francisco, and offering volunteer translation services for families
with medical emergencies in St. Louis.
The President believes that America's new foundation will be built one
community at a time, through an ethic of service and volunteerism and
the personal commitment of individuals willing to give of themselves
to build a better future. This is a commitment that is well understood
by everyone in the Peace Corps community.
When volunteers commit to long-term service projects in their
communities, they build expertise and strengthen their community's
capacity to meet its challenges. In many places, community-based
organizations' capacity is strained, so we are calling on all RPCVs to
take a leadership role in recruiting and organizing their friends,
family, and neighbors to bring about the change that is needed. Maybe
that is organizing a neighborhood to rebuild a playground, creating a
clothing drive, or volunteering to refurbish a local school.
I encourage you to visit www.serve.gov, to find service opportunities
near you and to post your own projects. Throughout the summer, the
Obama administration will look to highlight examples of exemplary
service - both in existing programs and new ones - that meet the
President's call by building a community's capacity to address our
most pressing problems. These stories of service will lay the
groundwork for future efforts.
You can learn more about RPCV United We Serve participation and share
your own story of service by visiting
I intend to contribute to United We Serve in my local community. I
hope you will consider completing a project in yours.