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This week has been a great week for service, and tomorrow is the biggest national day of service of the year; Make A Difference Day!

This year, as I reflect on the meaning of Diwali, I also remember the long journey I took to the United States and then to the gates of the White House in my current position as Deputy Chief of Staff at the Corporation for National and Community Service.

The private sector spends many millions of dollars each year listening to its customers – but what about the nonprofit sector? And who are its customers?

This Saturday, June 11th, is National Get Outdoors Day! This annual event, in its fourth year, aims to encourage healthy, active outdoor fun at sites across the nation. With partners in federal agencies, nonprofit organizations, and the recreation industry, the Department of the Interior is ensuring that this event will provide diverse opportunities for American families to experience traditional and non-traditional types of outdoor activities.

Columbus, OH is home to the second-largest Somali population in the U.S. and the number of low-income, aging immigrants with little or no family nearby is growing. Speaking little or no English and no access to transportation, Somali seniors are struggling to continue living independent lives.

Today marks the beginning of the second annual Senior Corps Week! This week celebrates the commitment and contribution made by Senior Corps volunteers and recognizes their critical impact on addressing tough challenges across our nation.

As the nation works to tackle some of its toughest challenges and expand opportunity for all Americans, volunteers are resolute in their commitment to their neighbors and communities, with 62.8 million adults serving almost 8.1 billion hours in local and national organizations in 2010. This is just one finding from the Corporation for National and Community Service's Volunteering in America 2011 report.

Veterans Day is a time to reflect on the sacrifice that veterans have made for our country and an opportunity to create a more meaningful experience for the veterans in your community. One way you can create a lasting memory of service is to record the story of a veteran in your life and contribute it to the Veterans History Project.

Veterans Day is a time to reflect on the tremendous sacrifices that military service members and families have made while protecting our nation.

On Veterans Day, November 11, we honor the brave men and women who have selflessly served our country and risked their lives to protect our freedoms. There are many ways to give back to the more than 23 million vets who have sacrificed so much.

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