President Obama Encourages Volunteering for National Day of Service

The president wants you to participate in service on Saturday Jan. 19.

Posted: 01/18/2013 10:19 AM EST
President Obama Encourages Volunteering For National Day Service

Inauguration weekend is underway and thousands are arriving in D.C. to watch the president take the oath of office for the second time, watch the parade up close and attend galas. But even with all the festivities, President Obama is reminding those in the district to volunteer during the National Day of Service on Saturday Jan. 19.

The day honors the work of Dr. Martin Luther King, whose life is remembered as a national holiday on Monday as well. Obama released a public statement encouraging volunteers to get involved:

This Saturday, we’re continuing that tradition with another National Day of Service. Michelle, the girls and I will be volunteering in our community, and we’re asking all Americans to join us.

Taking part is easy. If you’re in Washington for the inauguration, you can come to the National Mall, where we’re hosting a service fair with nearly 100 non-profit organizations. And no matter where you are, it’s easy to find a project near you at People have organized events in all 50 states, so whether it’s cleaning up damage from Hurricane Sandy, taking part in a food drive, or pitching in at a school, church or shelter, everyone can lend a hand.

Thousands of people have already volunteered their time, but the National Day of Service isn’t just about the number of hours we commit. It’s about the difference we can make. The girl walking through her freshly repainted school with a new sense of possibility. The soldier opening a care package far from home. The mom or dad, forced to turn to a food bank in a time of need, knowing their kids won’t go hungry.

Read the full statement here.


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