Answering the Call to Serve In Our Communities
In his campaign for President, Barack Obama urged Americans to “answer a new call to service to meet the challenges of our new century.” Yes We Can! Long Island is responding to that call. Rather than stand down after the election, we have chosen to continue to work to shape our country’s future and to become “the change we seek.”
The President’s agenda calls for greater support for volunteerism, public service, service learning in our schools and investment in the nonprofit sector to help address the challenges America faces. It echoes the calls of President Kennedy and Lyndon Johnson that led to formation of the Peace Corps and V.I.S.T.A.
At the local level, we will support community-based organizations that address issues on Long Island ranging from hunger and poverty to healthcare and environmental protection. Community service brings new meaning to issues that, through the prism of national politics, often appear as abstract concepts.