Encourage Community Service Through Online Outreach and Social Networking

Promise in the Works President Obama is working on the following promise:

"Will build on the foundation of sites like USAFreedomCorps.gov and VolunteerMatch.org and leverage technology to increase awareness of and participation in service opportunities. There will be a comprehensive, easily searchable web presence with information about service opportunities, and a full strategy to ensure that people interested in opportunities can find them. This will essentially be a craigslist for service. Best practices from the private sector will be imported, including user ratings and social network features. Users will be able to rate their volunteer experiences, and those requiring service will be able to specify skill sets and time commitments required. Users will also be able to track their hours of service if they choose and perhaps compete for awards from local chambers of commerce or foundations..Will also use technology to make service opportunities available for people who may prefer to work out of their homes or at unusual hours." — "Helping All Americans Serve Their Country"

Sources: http://www.barackobama.com/pdf/NationalServicePlanFactSheet.pdf

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UPDATES:

Updated: January 19, 2009

USAservice.org kicked off to people to volunteer

Barack Obama's Presidential Inaugural Committee created USAservice.org, a Web site to connect people with volunteer opportunities. The site's initial focus was on encouraging people to volunteer on Martin Luther King, Jr. Day.

The site, which was unveiled on Jan. 9, 2009, allows organizations to post service projects. Volunteers can easily search the projects to find one that meets their time and talents. The volunteers then sign up online and enter their contact information.

The site will continue in some form after the King holiday, according to information on its "Frequently Asked Questions" page.

"The goal is for MLK Day to reignite the American tradition of service and volunteerism and to that end the current call to action is viewed as a starting point. Details on how to stay active in the future will be coming soon," the site said.

Sources:

USAservice.org, "Frequently Asked Questions," accessed Jan. 19, 2009.

Presidential Inaugural Committee, "President-elect Obama, General Colin L. Powell Call on Americans to 'Renew America Together' with an Ongoing Commitment to National Service," (news release, Jan. 9, 2009.


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