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The President stated that the challenges America faces are unprecedented, and that we need to build a new foundation for economic growth in America. "The Administration has begun this work with dramatic new investments in education, health care and clean energy. However, economic recovery is as much about what we are doing in our communities as what is being done in Washington – and it’s going to take all of us, working together," said the President.
"United We Serve" is a nationwide service initiative that will help meet growing social needs resulting from the economic downturn. With the knowledge that ordinary people can achieve extraordinary things when given the proper tools, President Obama has been asking everyone to come together to help lay a new foundation for growth. This initiative aims to both expand the impact of existing organizations by engaging new volunteers in their work and encourage volunteers to develop their own "do-it-yourself" projects.