USAservice.gov and the national day of service

USAservice.gov and the national day of service

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Barack Obama epitomizes a new spirit of service, to the country, to each other. His presidency, the day before inauguration, MLK day, is a national call to service. This
combines traditional public service, including military and Peace Corps, with volunteerism, ala a craigslist for service. That is, service is top-down and also grassroots.

If you're reading this, you get the idea. What's new is that the incipient administration is getting its act together on this.

Unlike past calls to service, President-elect Obama is asking you to do
more than just offer a single day of service. At this national moment of
urgency, he is asking you to summon a new spirit of service and make an ongoing
commitment to make better the lives of others in our communities, cities, and
neighborhoods.

Check out USAservice.org which has the info on the national day of service. It already lists around 5000 volunteer events for the day of service.

It's all just a start. We need to make service maybe trendy, even expected, for everyone with the time and/or cash to contribute.

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twodogkd

Lots of folks around here are volunteering, working for the good of everyone not getting $$ for their work.
Then others seem to get lots of $$ and not only NOT work but make life difficult.
Just makes one wonder.
I attended a Community Police Review Commission meeting last night, all the Commissioners are volunteers and they worked 4 hours reviewing an Officer Involved Death case, working through what should be reported as fact. Very tedious, difficult, and can be someone complicated. Yet they were ploughing through it word by word, line by line, and devoting much time should a word or two be subject to discussion. Familiy members and other sat watching, observing, and being silent witnesses to this process.
Likely not the type of volunteering you were thinking of, but it takes all kinds.
Then tonight I attended a PUBLIC FORUM about Saving our Greyhound Station, about 10 panelists, and tons of folks present. But what was touching is a group of Gay, Lesbian, Trangender Youth took the time to send their statement of support for keeping the Greyhound Station, as it was needed by many, including members of their group. There statement, along with others like them from different groups will make a difference if they take the time to let it be known that the Community needs Greyhound.

lorenzo hall

please advise all data relating to the new National Civilian Police/Security force with the same training, equipment and arrest powers as Law Enforcement and or Military. Previous mention by Senator obama during his campaign, said he "felt this was needed"/ how to apply for this project/position?

Aerik

The Obama camp launching a website for service is all well and good, but solving the wrong problem. As you've already pointed out, there are already plenty of websites out there to link people to volunteer opportunities. This is just creating another (albeit big) one.
The real problem is that people *still* have to go to dozens (or more) websites if they want to search for volunteer opportunities. One possible solution is to centralize the volunteer opportunities. Another (IMHO more modern) solution is to *share the data* between websites. This can easily be done with syndication. Think RSS for volunteer opportunities.
Best Regards,
Aerik

DAMARI

I would ask the President to call me before he gives any money to Citibank, they are and practice unethical business. Their lawyers lied to the Department of Fair Employment and Housing, wrongfully terminated me while out on workers comp and all because I wanted to put my daughter first. Now Citibank ask for bail out money from our goverm=nment yet when I wrote to over 200 senators and government people I got no help. They broke California labor codes in the process of firing me, while I was ill. My attorney made over 200,000.00 and checks were sent out to about 2000 people. They want your help but no one would help me and all though they wrongfully terminated. There is greed at Citibank and they knowingly gave mortgages to people who didn't qualify by pumping up their income and now they want my tax dollars. My attorney said firing me cost them about 3.5 million and I don't feel they should get or deserve the bail out money. My story is on line, and President Bush's office never did reply and the people that did just kept passing the buck. Fell free to call me for more details 831-236-0112, or look at the case filed in Monterey Superior court. I lost everything because of them, bad manager Jeff Ursino and they didn't even follow their own firing Stratford, fired via UPS by CitibankMy husband voted for you and had I voted I would have voted for you. I didn't vote because when I tried to get help from people I had voted for no one helped, they say to write your congressman for help and they don't help you, but Citibank asks for bail out money and they get help. where is the justice, what about me, Jeff the plumbers wife? Citibank made the list of the best 100 companies for working mothers to work at, yet they fired me for putting my daughter's needs first! Where is the justice? Why should we bail them out? I prayed for you all day and watched on my TV, stunning, we are truly blessed to have you. My favorite photo/moment is the thumbs up by your beautiful daughter, which I am sure you also put her needs first. Thanks for caring about our country, God Bless you and your family, may he keep you safe and happy.

Ma. Guadalupe Castañeda Puente

I am mexican MD, and I want to help. Just say me if that is possible.

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