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President Obama recently announced a new summer service initiative in partnership with the Corporation for National and Community Service. Local service projects can find volunteers and volunteers can find projects in education, health, energy, the environment and more.
FRAC's recently released report outlines the following key provisions it deems essential for the nation to meet President Obama's goal of ending child hunger by 2015. Those provisions include:
A top priority for national health reform is to ensure that everyone has access to high-quality, affordable health insurance, especially the 45 million individuals, mostly adults, who are uninsured.
The Witness to Hunger program armed 40 mothers with video cameras and set them out to document their lives and what it takes to feed a family in tight times. "These women are the experts on what it's like to deal with the consequences of what our lawmakers decide," says the program's creator Mariana Chilton. On June 2, 2009, these experts shared their stories on Capitol Hill.
A new federal study has found that volunteering produces many positive benefits for teens from low-income backgrounds - they become empowered, are more likely to volunteer and become politically engaged, and believe they will graduate from college and make a difference in their communities.
I will never look at my Saturday afternoons in quite the same way. This winter my previously immovable soccer-watching mania was usurped by classes in a tiny recreational hall in a housing estate in southwest Houston.
VolunteerMatch can connect you to local opportunities that match your skills and interests. You can find jobs, internships, volunteer opportunities and more using their interactive map or zip-code match system.
Ready to take action locally, or looking for a meaningful career or internship? Idealist provides information about thousands of nonprofit organizations around the world. Look for a gig, advertise a job opening or opportunity, get your organization listed on the site, create a link to or from your website, etc. using your zipcode and other interactive tools.