President Obama Calls on Americans to Serve
President Obama called on all Americans to help in our nationís recovery by volunteering in their communities this summer in a video message released by the White House and the Corporation for National and Community Service. The Presidentís call to summer service launches United We Serve, a sustained effort to expand the size and impact of volunteer efforts in addressing tough challenges facing the nation. The United We Serve initiative kicks off on June 22, and runs for 81 days through a new National Day of Service and Remembrance on September 11.
Are you ready to volunteer?
The need for volunteers has never been greater, and the time to get involved has never been better. Finding the opportunity that best suits your skills, availability, and expectations can make all the difference in your experience. Volunteering can open your mind, your heart, your hands to helping your community and building a better future for all of us. Help out once, help out once a week. Be a part of a great community and a tremendous state – Volunteer Washington!
VolunteerWashington brings together resources to make it easy to volunteer. Volunteer Centers of Washington have joined with 1-800-Volunteer.org, a program of the Points of Light Foundation, to create a website that invites volunteers to participate in Washington State. Each Volunteer Center participates in Volunteer Washington, helping to create a comprehensive and inclusive service for you to find the volunteer opportunity that makes sense for you.
Find a Volunteer Opportunity
Our search engine, powered by VolunteerWashington, provides access to real-time volunteer opportunities tailored to specific skills and experience. Most of the opportunities are flexible and geographically convenient so you can volunteer when and where your schedule allows.
Don’t forget about opportunities to serve with national service programs in your community to support and enhance their AmeriCorps program activities or to participate in episodic service projects for national volunteer campaigns such as the Martin Luther King Jr. Day of Service, Make a Difference Day, etc. To find an AmeriCorps program near you, view the AmeriCorps Program Directory.
Whether you seek volunteer opportunities through VolunteerWashington or your neighborhood AmeriCorps program, it is good to ask yourself some important questions about your interests, needs, and limitations before you begin searching for volunteer opportunities:
- Do you have a passion that can be pursued through volunteering?
- How much time can you give? Once a week, a few times a month, or every so often?
- What skills would you bring to a nonprofit or volunteer organization?
- Are there new skills or knowledge you would like to acquire?
- Where and how do you want to serve?
It is also important to consider what kind of volunteering experience you want to have and what kind of environment you will feel most comfortable in. Examples of volunteer opportunities include:
- Tutoring children in reading and math.
- Helping to build houses with families in need.
- Participating in neighborhood watch programs.
- Serving as a Community Emergency Response Team member
- Mentoring a young person to help him or her achieve a personal goal.
- Joining a community environmental clean-up or recycling project.
- Delivering meals for elderly and ill residents in your neighborhood.
- Helping local nonprofits by fundraising, recruiting other volunteers, serving on their boards, or contributing other skills you may have.
The President's Volunteer Service Award (PVSA) recognizes youth and adults who make a difference in their community through community service. Gold, silver, and bronze levels of recognition are available based on the number of service hours completed. In addition, the Lifetime Service Award is available to those who complete 4,000 hours of service over their lifetime.
To learn more about how you can earn this prestigious award, visit the President’s Volunteer Service Award website.