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President Obama Signs Serve America Act Into Law
By Alejandra Owens, April 21, 2009 03:55 PM
Tom Nelson, COO here at AARP, has been passionate about the Serve America Act that President Obama signed today. Here's a guest blog from Tom about why this legislation is so important to AARP, you, and our country:
I'm so pleased that this afternoon, AARP attended the White House signing ceremony for the Serve America Act. It is truly an historic event and one that we're particularly pleased will create meaningful volunteer opportunities for people 50+.
Fifty years ago, Dr. Ethel Percy Andrus founded this organization with the motto, "To serve, not be served." The Serve America legislation builds on what is good, strong and unique about America: the self-reliance and self-determination of the American people. Dr. Andrus founded AARP on the same principles.
Inside E Street did a great show in April on the Serve America Act - lots of good information about how the legislation will create more opportunities, including interviews with President Obama's domestic policy advisors and legislators who championed the Act on Capitol Hill. Check it out.
In the next couple of months, there should be more opportunities to volunteer in your communities and neighborhoods. I encourage everyone to find out what's available - even if you only have five extra minutes a week. AARP Create The Good also is a place to find opportunities to serve.
Now is an important time for America and we look forward to the renewed spirit of service this legislation - and each of you - is already helping to foster.
- Tom Nelson, COO, AARP