Monday, June 22, 2009


Today, First Lady Michelle Obama and Cabinet secretaries helped launch United We Serve, a national call to service by President Barack Obama. Mrs. Obama made the call to action to more than 4,500 nonprofit, volunteer, and service leaders at the National Conference on Volunteering and Service in San Francisco, CA.
United We Serve is an extended call to service challenging all Americans to help lay a new foundation for growth by engaging in sustained, meaningful community service. The Corporation for National and Community Service is leading the initiative, which kicks off today and runs for 81 days through a new National Day of Service and Remembrance on September 11.
The Governor's Commission on Community Service, under Lt. Governor Barbara O'Brien, is overseeing Colorado's effort in participating in the call to service. The Commission has incorporated the state's annual Colorado Cares Day, a statewide day of service in honor of Colorado's Statehood, as a United We Serve program. Colorado Cares Day will take place on July 25, 2009. Over 30 Service Projects have already been registered on the Commission's website:
"President Obama's new summer service initiative will create new projects and engage new volunteers to help improve communities and change lives throughout Colorado," Lt. Governor Barbara O'Brien commented. "I am excited for the possibilities that this will bring and encourage all Coloradans to participate."
The Governor's Commission on Community Service is also preparing new service programs for the state during the month of August, and on the new September 11th Day of Service and Remembrance. For more information on Colorado's participation inUnited We Serve, contact the Commission's Service Project Coordinator, Meaghan Mills, at