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YMCAs Join United We Serve Initiative

YMCAs Join President in Call to Service for Summer Projects

CHICAGO, June 23, 2009— YMCAs across the country are taking part in United We Serve, the national effort launched by President Obama to engage more Americans in sustained community volunteering. 

United We Serve runs through Sept. 11, which for the first time will be marked as a national day of service and remembrance. The initiative will ultimately grow into a sustained, collaborative and focused effort to promote service as a way of life for all Americans. United We Serve is run by the Corporation for National Community Service and focuses on four key areas: education, health, energy and the environment, and community renewal.

In the coming weeks, YMCAs across the country will determine ways in which their members can use YMCA programs, facilities and volunteer opportunities to answer the national call to service.  

“As a community service organization with well over 500,000 volunteers nationwide, the YMCA is excited to see this level of leadership from the administration focused on volunteerism.  We know the power of that work because we see it every day,” said Neil Nicoll, president and CEO of YMCA of the USA. “By participating in United We Serve, we hope to inspire more individuals in the communities we serve to make an ongoing commitment to volunteering throughout the year.” 

To make it easy for individuals to get involved, the Corporation created Serve.gov, a website that allows visitors to type in their zip code to find local volunteer opportunities, recruit volunteers by posting their organization’s projects, or get ideas for creating their own projects with friends, families and neighbors.  For volunteer opportunities contact your local YMCA, or visit Serve.gov.

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About YMCA of the USA: YMCA of the USA is the national resource office for the nation’s 2,686 YMCAs, which serve 21 million people each year, including nearly 10 million children under the age of 18. YMCAs respond to critical social needs by drawing on their collective strength as one of America’s largest not-for-profit community service organizations.  Through a variety of programs and services focused on the holistic development of children and youth, family strengthening, and health and well-being for all, YMCAs unite men, women and children of all ages, faiths, backgrounds, abilities and income levels.  From urban areas to small towns, YMCAs have proudly served America’s communities for nearly 160 years by building healthy spirit, mind and body for all. Visit www.ymca.net to find your local YMCA.

Contact:
Kelly Kennai
YMCA of the USA
202-835-9043
kelly.kennai@ymca.net

Mamie Moore
YMCA of the USA
312-419-8325
mamie.moore@ymca.net

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