United We Serve officially kicked off June 22 at the National Conference on Volunteering and Service. The service initiative will culminate with a National Day of Service and Remembrance on September 11, 2009. The culmination will provide an opportunity to recognize the summer's accomplishments, honor those who died on September 11, 2001 by serving in their memory, and encourage Americans to make an ongoing commitment to service.
This is an extraordinary moment in time. As Americans and Girl Scouts, we have a unique opportunity to come together and solve our nation's most vexing problems. In this spirit, President Obama announced a nationwide service initiative, the beginning of a sustained, collaborative, and focused effort to meet community needs and make service a way of life for all Americans. Volunteers are asked to step up and become volunteer organizers by identifying unmet needs in their community, developing their own service projects, and engaging others who are interested in the same issue area. Your Girl Scout troop can take part by doing a service project that takes places or culminates on September 11.
Focus: The Economic Recovery
United We Serve will empower Americans to participate in the economic recovery by:
· Promoting clean energy, energy efficiency, and public land restoration.
· Supporting education and literacy for all Americans.
· Increasing health care access, public health awareness, and prevention.
· Providing community renewal to areas hardest hit by the economic crisis.
If you need ideas or would like to be put in touch with organizations that need volunteers, please contact Mary Anne Brutkiewicz, ext. 1202.