President-elect Barack Obama's inaugural committee today announced a new community service initiative and website.
The "Renew America Together" initiative, asking all Americans to make an ongoing commitment to serve their communities -- will launch on the Martin Luther King, Jr. holiday on Jan. 19, the day before Obama's inauguration. Obama and his family, along with Vice President-elect Joe Biden and his, will take part in activities in the Washington area.
"At this moment of great purpose and great promise, President-elect Obama is calling on all Americans to make an ongoing commitment to serve their communities and their country. We're not just asking the American people for one day of service. We are asking you to make an ongoing commitment of your time - an hour, a weekend, whatever you can spare. Because that's how we're going to rebuild this country and meet our great challenges - together," retired General Colin Powell said in a statement.
The inaugural committee unveiled USAservice.org, a new tool to help Americans find ways to serve in their own community.It says nearly 5,000 volunteer events already have been established by nonprofits and grassroots groups across the country.
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