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Somewhere along the way, we all face tragedy in our lives. Few are spared. People handle tragedies, though, in different ways. I often marveled at but was somewhat puzzled by those who found ways to turn personal tragedy into something positive. But now I understand.

Are you willing to be an online ambassador for volunteerism? Will you leverage your social networks to encourage your readers, followers and friends to memorialize the victims, survivors and heroes of the attacks of 9/11 through A National Day of Service and Remembrance?

More than 1,800 George Washington University students have signed up to participate in the university’s 2010 Freshman Day of Service, which for the second year will take place on and in conjunction with National Day of Service and Remembrance, September 11.

Earlier today, First Lady Michelle Obama sent this message to the White House email list about the September 11th National Day of Service. Tomorrow the First Lady will be participating in a service event with Mission Serve, a civilian-military service initiative, to help renovate a community center at a retirement community for veterans. Visit Serve.govto get involved and find service opportunities in your area.

The U.S. Department of Education and the Corporation for National and Community Service are providing unprecedented support to states and communities to help turn around the nation’s chronically low-performing schools. We frequently talk with faith, national, and community service leaders who are eager to assist these school turnaround efforts, but many of them don’t know where to start.

The Washington Post interviews Corporation for National and Community Service CEO Patrick A. Corvington about building momentum for national service.

Earlier this week, President Obama signed an executive order to renew and enhance the White House Initiative on Educational Excellence for Hispanics. Signing the order demonstrates the President’s strong support for the critical role Hispanics play in the overall prosperity of the nation and highlights the Administration’s commitment to expanding education opportunities and improving education outcomes for all students.

Every day, nonprofit organizations are banding together to strengthen their communities through innovative ideas – and they are producing remarkable results. We need to support and grow these efforts. Today, the Corporation for National and Community Service (CNCS) is excited to announce its first-ever Social Innovation Fund (SIF) awards designed to support community-driven efforts to improve the economic, health and education prospects of low-income families.

This week New York City hosted the 2010 National Conference on Volunteering and Service: It’s Up to YOU! Over 5,000 service leaders convened to discuss how to create greater impact and effectiveness in meeting social needs through service and volunteering. The National Conference on Volunteering and Service is the world’s largest gathering of service and civic engagement leaders. This conference is hosted by the Corporation for National and Community Service, our federal agency home for service, and the Points of Light Institute.

Earlier this month, the United We Serve team launched its Let’s Read. Let’s Move. initiative. Let’s Read. Let’s Move. has three simple goals: increase opportunities for Americans to use service to promote physical activity; expand access to healthy and affordable food; and prevent summer learning loss in Ameria’s kids.


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