For Immediate Release
Office of the Press Secretary
July 3, 2003
Fact Sheet: USA Freedom Corps Launches "How I Spent My Summer"
Today the USA Freedom Corps launched "How I Spent My Summer," an effort to mobilize Americans of all ages to volunteer time this summer to help meet the needs of their communities.
Why Volunteer in the Summer? Many Americans enjoy time away from work or school during the summer months, giving them the opportunity to visit places and do things that they have been hoping to do all year long. This summer, Americans can volunteer some of their free time to help others on their own, as a family activity, or with friends.
By dedicating time, Americans can meet needs like child hunger, literacy, senior companionship, environmental protection and conservation, housing, and public safety that persist year round, and in some cases become more serious in the summer months. For example:
What is "How I Spent My Summer?" To help individuals interested in volunteering to get started using their summer free time to help their communities, the USA Freedom Corps is offering:
How to Find Needs Where You Spend the Summer?
The USA Freedom Corps Volunteer Network can connect individuals with volunteer opportunities near their homes or even where they plan to vacation. The USA Freedom Corps continues to add more volunteer opportunities to our USA Freedom Corps Volunteer Network. Already the largest online clearinghouse of volunteer opportunities, the search engine, located at www.usafreedomcorps.gov now includes millions of volunteer opportunities with more than 75,000 organizations across the country and in more than 100 countries around the world. People can find similar information by phone at 1-877-USA-CORPS.