Americans Across the Country Respond to President Obama’s Call to Service
See below for a sampling of events
WASHINGTON —Americans in all 50 states have responded to President Obama and Vice President Biden’s call to service, and will be participating in the National Day of Service on Saturday, January 19, 2013. Countless Americans have signed up at www.2013pic.org/service to serve on Saturday and have pledged to ongoing service as part of the National Day of Service.
In 2009, President Obama and the First Lady started the tradition of holding a National Day of Service the weekend before the swearing-in. President Obama has always believed that everyone has something they can contribute to their community, and that America works best when neighbors help neighbors.
“This inauguration is truly a national celebration, with Americans serving their communities in all 50 states,” said PIC President and CEO Steve Kerrigan. “Whether you are recruiting mentors in my home state of Massachusetts, teaching the value of healthy eating in Georgia, or cleaning up the damage from forest fires in Colorado, all Americans can play an important role in this Inauguration.”
More information on the 2013 Presidential Inaugural Committee can be found at www.2013pic.org, on Twitter @obamainaugural or by downloading the Inugural app by clicking HERE.
For a list of showcase events in each state:
Episcopal Church of Nativity Homeless Outreach
208 Eustis Ave SE, Huntsville, Alabama
Volunteers will arrive by 9:30 AM
The High School group at the Episcopal Church of Nativity will meet early Saturday morning to pack boxes of supplies to deliver to members of the homeless community around Huntsville.
Alaska Veterans Organization for Women and YWCA
324 E. 5th Avenue, Anchorage, AK 99501
Volunteers will assemble care packages to send to female soldiers serving overseas.
Youth On Their Own
Youth On Their Own helps support high school graduation and continued success of homeless youth. On Saturday, participants will collect the supplies Youth On Their Own needs for success.
Arkansas Children's Hospital
1 Children's Way, Slot 108, Little Rock, AR 72202
Volunteers will be organizing a cleanup of the Arkansas Children's Hospital as part of a “grounds day” event.
Second Harvest Food Bank
2700 Middlefield Rd, Redwood City, CA 94063
Having solicited donations from friends, neighbors, family or co-workers, participants will work with Second Harvest Food Bank to collect food for those in need.
Seed to Shelter
201 Impala Dr., Fort Collins, CO 80521
This past summer, one of the largest, most destructive wildfires in Colorado history burned over 80,000 acres of forest, caused tens of millions of dollars in damage and destroyed hundreds of homes just north of Fort Collins, Colorado. Seed to Shelter, a volunteer program started by high school students and their teachers, aims to repair some of the damage done by this devastating fire.
MLK Day of Service
83 Lockwood Avenue, Stamford, CT
Teams of volunteers will meet in the morning for a gospel brunch before breaking out into service activities throughout the area from working with the homeless to helping seniors.
Habitat for Humanity
2134 Lamotte Street, Wilmington, DE 19802
High school students will satisfy community service requirements by volunteering to work on an actual construction site led by the Habitat for Humanity construction crew. Following a morning orientation, students will be working on 17 new town homes in downtown Wilmington in the Prices Run Neighborhood.
MLK Elementary School
591 Nw 31st Ave, Fort Lauderdale, FL 33311
Classrooms will be set up with volunteer projects covering several service initiatives and with an opening ceremony dedicated to the celebration of Dr. Kings vision of service.
2532 S. Hariston Rd Ste H Decatur, GA 30035
This new Georgia initiative addresses childhood obesity, heart disease, high blood pressure, and cholesterol. On the Day of Service, participants will join Bernice King for thirty minute classes on nutrition and healthy living.
45 North Market Street, Wailuku, HI 96793
Volunteers will re-organize and inventory disaster supplies for the Maui Red Cross to ensure quick access in time of need.
Friends In Action
1093 Crossbill Street, Meridian, ID 83642
Friends in Action recruits and trains volunteers to lead self-care education programs for caregivers and the elderly. On Saturday, volunteers will assist in taking down Christmas decorations.
USO Military Donation Drive and Letter Writing Campaign
700 E. Grand Ave, Chicago, IL 60611
This event is for residents of Chicago to come out and support our active troops stationed abroad, and learn more about long term volunteering with USO.
Forest Manor Multi Service Center
5603 East 38th Street. Indianapolis, IN 46226
This Community Center is one of the most active in the area and provides crucial social services to seniors, homeless, families and children. The community will give back on Jan 19th by helping to paint, clean and landscape this community center.
Central Iowa Shelter & Services
1420 Mulberry Street, Des Moines, IA 50309
Volunteers will help in the shelter’s mission is to provide free shelter and meals to homeless adults regardless of physical or emotional conditions, while facilitating their move toward self-sufficiency.
Kansas City, KS
The bone marrow donor registry BeTheMatch.org will be canvassing in African-American and Latino communities to expand their registry and help save lives.
Family Scholar House
511 East Burnett Ave., Louisville, KY 40217
Community volunteers and member of Burnett Ave. Baptist Church will be responsible for sorting children's clothing, books, and writing personal notes of encouragement to the families that Family Scholar House assists.
VooDoo Areana Football Team
194 Zachary Taylor Drive, New Orleans, LA 70130
The New Orleans VooDoo Arena Semi-Pro Football players will spend a day motivating and encouraging children with disabilities.
Good Shepard Food Bank
3121 Hotel Road, Auburn, ME 04210
Volunteers will work at local food bank sorting canned goods to help those in need.
Digital Harbor Tech Center
1045 Light Street, Baltimore, MD 21230
Digital Harbor Tech Center offers afterschool programs in digital literacy and tech workforce skills while also promoting innovation and entrepreneurship among Baltimore City Public Schools students. Volunteers will research local technology companies and enter basic data about them into a database to help Tech Center students identify projects, career mentors and other resources.
Volunteers will canvass neighborhoods and tell our neighbors about Mentoring Month and opportunities to mentor.
64 Kenilworth Street, Detroit, MI 48202
Volunteers will board up 13 dangerous, vacant and open houses near the Detroit International Academy for Young Women located on Woodward. A cleanup effort on the blocks will also take place to make sure the area is safer for students and residents walking and biking in the area.
The Fisher Foundation House Program
1 Veterans Drive, Minneapolis, MN 55417
Volunteers will collect goods to help support military families in times of need.
Service Showcase and Health Fair at the Jackson Medical Mall
350 West Woodrow Wilson Avenue #107, Jackson, MS 39213
Similar to the Service Summit on the National Mall this service showcase will offer opportunities learn about local non-profits. In addition volunteers have organized health screenings by medical professionals.
Castle Point Subdivision Association
10242 Prince Drive, St Louis, MO 63136
Castle Point Subdivision Association will engage local children in an activity led by local artist Ilene Berman. Berman will encourge participants to draw their ideas of how they would like the community to look on boards. The panels will be used to board up the vacant properties in an effort to deter violators from illegal dumping in the properties.
Clark Fork Coalition
140 South 4th Street, West, Missoula, MT 59807
Volunteers will conduct “man on the street” interviews in Missoula, Montana with video equipment provided by the Clark Fork Coalition, a non-profit that is dedicated to protecting and restoring the Clark Fork River basin, a 22,000-square-mile area draining western Montana and northern Idaho. The Clark Fork River has undergone EPA Superfund remediation in at least one area and it is a major recreation resources as well as a drinking water resource. The volunteers will ask people “What does water mean to you?”
3105 N. 93rd St Omaha, Omaha, NE 68134
Volunteers will be getting together at the health center in Omaha to assemble safer sex packets that will be distributed at community events across the area.
St Jude's Ranch for Children
100 St. Jude Street, Boulder City, NV 89005
Volunteers will be bundling and storing their Christmas decorations, sorting their donations and items in their gift store, and setting up shelving in their warehouse. In addition to the work on the facility, volunteers will be hosting a picnic and playing games with the children to boost their spirits and let them know there is a wonderful community out there willing to show them kindness and love.
13 Pony Farm Lane, Temple, NH 03084
Touchstone farm is a place dedicated to helping veterans and their families when they return from war. In addition, the farm uses their horses and specialized carriages to work with persons with disabilities. Volunteers will spend time fixing up the facility, cleaning out the barn and lodge while also getting an opportunity to learn about the organization and what impact they have on the community.
Hope Worldwide Cleanup
55 Brick Blvd, Brick, NJ 08723
Volunteers will access the homes hit by Hurricane Sandy, and survey the damage from the storm. Then, they will help clear out debris and clean up garbage from these homes.
Boys and Girls Club of Albuquerque
3333 Truman St Ne, Albuquerque, NM 87110
Local children from the Boys and Girls Club of Albuquerque will be taking get well posters, cards and signs to injured vets at the VA.
Brooklyn International High School, 49 Flatbush Extension, Brooklyn, New York
Tagai is a cultural exchange mentoring program bringing together like minds from unlike cultures to open new worlds. Tagai students have high aspirations for college, but lack the guidance and generational knowledge that so many of us take for granted. Volunteers will offer guidance on college applications and essays to Tagai students. Participants will also hear from some first generation college students and then have breakout sessions where volunteers will be able to help students directly with any application and essay questions.
Hands on Charlotte
6800 Monroe Rd., Charlotte, NC 28212
Hands on Charlotte mobilizes citizens in direct service in the local community with three simultaneous, multi-faceted volunteer fairs that will give individuals, families and groups the opportunity to come together in a spirit of service and friendship.
SENDCAA Head Start
3233 University Dr S, Fargo, ND 58103
SENDCAA Head Start is a family and childhood development program for low income families. This organization promotes school readiness of three to four year olds through a curriculum that prepares them for kindergarten. Volunteers will clean ten classrooms at Fargo's SENDCAA Head Start facility.
African Culture Fest at Cincinnati Museum Center
1301 Western Ave, Cincinnati, OH 45203
This festival celebrating African culture is located in one of the most remarkable museums in the greater Cincinnati region. This historical site will be utilizing volunteers throughout the weekend and on the day of service to educate, entertain and engage visitors during MLK weekend.
Ronald McDonald House - Guest Chefs!
1301 Ne 14th St, Oklahoma City, OK 73117
The Oklahoma Day of Service Volunteer Team is proud to be providing a delicious lunch to the guests of the OKC Ronald McDonald House as part of the Guest Chef Program.
Friends of Trees
3520 SE Yamhill St, Portland, OR 97214
Friends of Trees are aiming to plant over 5000 street and yard trees as part of their Neighborhood Trees program. After the program, volunteers will gather for a potluck lunch provided by neighborhood groups.
724 N Homewood Ave, Pittsburgh, PA 15208
Operation Gratitude sends care packages to our military men and women abroad, offering the missed pleasures of American life, as simple a bag of chips.
MLK Community Center
20 West Broadway, Newport, RI 02840
Participants will be preparing and painting classrooms in the Martin Luther King Jr. Community Center. The community center offers the area’s highest-volume food pantry and only daily meal site, plus a comprehensive roster of educational and enrichment programs.
The Household of Faith
720 Hudson St, Hartsville, SC 29550
1:00 PM - 3:00 PM
The Household of Faith Church, Hartsville Outreach Ministries will provide meals for approximately 200 individuals including seniors, disabled, and children on Saturday.
Sioux Falls, SD
Children’s Inn offers 24 hour, free services for women, children and men who are victims of family violence, elder abuse, child abuse, neglect, or sexual assault. On the National Day of Service, local students will make valentines for the residents of Children’s Inn.
Expanding Health Care
Volunteers will engage in a proactive discussion about health care and how to expand medical coverage to rural areas. The goal is to develop a community-based strategy about how to increase awareness about eligibility for expanded coverage under the Affordable Care Act.
AIDS Interfaith Network
501 N. Stemmons Fwy Suite 200, Dallas, TX 75207
Volunteers in Dallas will be hosting a Saturday Nite Live event for people who use the services of AIN. At the event, volunteers will help serve meals and help with the entertainment.
Children's Christmas Box House
3660 West Temple, Salt Lake City, UT 84115
A group of volunteers will go to the Christmas Box House for a series of supportive activity with neglected children.
King Street Center
87 King Street, Burlington, VT 05401
The King Street Center serves as a crucial local community resource for young people and families throughout the city of Burlington. During the National Day of Service weekend volunteers will help coordinate activities during a special mentor-mentee event at the center.
Crossroads United Methodist
43454 Crossroads Dr, Ashburn, VA 22181
2:30 PM - 5:30 PM
The Grace Ministries at Crossroads provide an incredible service to the residents of Ashburn, who are struggling to get by, providing them with food, laundry services, career counseling, and much more.
Retsil Veterans Home
Port Orchard, WA
A team of volunteers will interview willing veterans to about their service. These interviews will both be transcribed on paper and videotaped, and then sent to the Library of Congress to be permanently recorded in our nations' history.
Ronald McDonald House
841 Country Club Dr, Morgantown, WV 26501
Volunteers will go to Ronald McDonald House to help them with housekeeping by cleaning, organizing and painting.
Dr. John Bryant Center
2000 De Koven Ave, Racine, WI 53403
The Bryant Center will organize free diabetes and high blood pressure screening on the National Day of Service. This project will help to continue raising awareness about these conditions within this community.
ACRES Student Farm
Corner of Harney and 30th, Laramie, WY 82071
This entirely student-led farm will ask volunteers assist in daily farm chores. Activities will include cleaning machinery and tools, clearing out a large barn, and assisting to replace the barn's gutters. Students at the ACRES Farm are excited to share their work with volunteers in the local community, and to finish the much-needed gutter replacement project.