Administration launches a clearinghouse for volunteers

Administration launches a clearinghouse for volunteers

President Bush this week introduced the USA Freedom Corps Volunteer Network, a Web portal that will act as a clearinghouse for more than 50,000 volunteer organizations nationwide.

The new site, at www.usafreedomcorps.gov, connects users to service opportunities within organizations such as America's Promise, the National Mentoring Partnership, Points of Light Foundation, SERVEnet, United Way and VolunteerMatch.

Users enter basic search information such as how they would like to volunteer and where. They receive a detailed list of opportunities that match their criteria.

'We understand that serving others meets needs that a government can never fulfill,' President Bush said at the White House Tuesday. 'We're promoting service to prepare for crises at home, to strengthen our communities, to help people in need, and to extend American compassion throughout the world.'

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