United We Serve: Share Your Stories (July 22, 2009)
United We Serve
Washington, D.C. - Take note of a new opportunity for your orchestra to join the national effort to improve our nation's communities through volunteer service. The federal United We Serve initiative strives to strengthen American communities by mobilizing volunteerism in a coordinated national activity throughout this summer. Following passage of the Edward M. Kennedy Serve America Act earlier this year, the Corporation for National and Community Service is hosting Serve.gov, a comprehensive website for finding and posting volunteer opportunities in your community.
Service in Summer and Beyond
Orchestras active in projects in service to their communities can join the United We Serve campaign by registering their projects and sharing information about the impact of their efforts. While the following themed weeks have been identified, projects outside of these areas of focus are always welcome in the United We Serve registry:
- July 27 Education
- Aug 03 Energy & Environment
- Aug 10 Health
- Aug 24 Safety & Security
- Aug 31 Interfaith Service
- Sep 11 National Day of Remembrance and Service
Although United We Serve is currently designated as 81 days of service running through September 11, 2009, plans are underway for the initiative to become an ongoing, collaborative promotion of service initiatives throughout the country.
Share Your Stories!
If your orchestra currently participates in volunteer service, please share your stories! By doing so, you can help increase public awareness of the power of the arts and its value in local communities. If your orchestra participates in a food drive effort, volunteers to mentor students, or engages in other ways with your community, the Serve.gov site wants to hear about it!
By posting your story and reading about other efforts, you may find new opportunities to collaborate, share resources to amplify your efforts, and create partnerships among other nonprofits, educational institutions, and individuals who are passionate about the power of music.
Share Your Stories of Service Today
The League is a member of the Performing Arts Alliance, a coalition of national performing arts service organizations dedicated to advocating for national policies that recognize, enhance, and foster the contributions the performing arts make to America.