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About United We Serve

United We Serve, President Obama’s nationwide service initiative, is built on the belief that ordinary people can come together and achieve extraordinary things when given the proper tools. This initiative aims to both expand the impact of existing organizations by engaging new volunteers in their work and encourage volunteers to develop their own "do-it-yourself" projects.

If we want to realize change in our communities, we've got to be in it for the long haul, and it starts with each of us.

Serve.gov, the online home of United We Serve, is managed by the Corporation for National and Community Service (CNCS), the federal agency charged with promoting and fostering volunteering and national service in America.

Serve All Year Long

President Obama: Get Involved in the 2013 National Day of Service videoFirst Lady Michelle Obama: Sign up to serve video


In January 2013, President Obama called for a National Day of Service that coincided with the Martin Luther King Jr. Weekend of Service. As a result, thousands of Americans joined the First Family and engaged in service across the nation. And because we all know that solving our problems can’t just be about serving once a year, thousands pledged to continue their service all year long.

Here's how you can fulfill your pledge to serve throughout 2013.

  • Sign up for service projects across the country on Serve.gov.
  • Create projects where you live by using our toolkits to develop ideas suited to your community’s needs.
  • Tell your friends on social media how and why you're serving by spreading the word on Facebook or using the #iServe hashtag on Twitter.

Let’s keep the momentum going – find or create a project today, and commit to serving this year and beyond!

We’re looking back at an epic celebration on StorifyIt was quite an event, so we collected some of the stories, posts, and tweets for a Storify slideshow about the 2015 Mayors and County Day of Recognition for National Service. With 2,786 public leaders participating this year, we couldn’t collect everything, but it was fun to see everyone standing tall for service and volunteering.Enjoy!
View the slideshow on the National Service Storify site
By Wendy SpencerNew research demonstrates impact of Reading Corps tutors in boosting pre-K reading skillsOne of my priorities as CEO of the Corporation for National and Community Service is using evidence and data to show results and drive greater impact on pressing national challenges.
National Service News Week In ReviewCollege basketball has March Madness; national service has March Momentum.Look at how we’re closing out this month:
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