Monarch Joins President’s We Serve Initiative

“In these tough economic times, we need volunteers more than ever,” said Dr. Peggy Terhune, CEO. “Monarch is facing increasing demands for services, and volunteers can help us fill this growing need. We are pleased to join this national effort and thank the President for making this call to service.”

United We Serve kicked off on June 22 and runs through September 11, which will be marked for the first time as a national day of service and remembrance. The initiative is being led by the Corporation for National and Community Service, a federal agency that improves lives and strengthens communities though volunteering and service.

“This summer, I’m calling on all of you to make volunteerism and community service part of your daily life and the life of this nation,” said President Obama in the video. “Economic recovery is as much about what you’re doing in your communities as what we’re doing in Washington – and it’s going to take all of us, working together.”

United We Serve focuses on five key areas where everyone can have a real impact in their community: education, health, energy and the environment; community renewal, and safety and security.

To make it easy for individuals to get involved, the Corporation created Serve.gov, a website that allows visitors to type in their zip code to find local volunteer opportunities, recruit volunteers by posting their organization’s projects, or get ideas for creating their own projects with friends, families, and neighbors. Monarch has a list of agency wide volunteer needs on the Serve.gov website.

“Everyone has something to give, and summer is a great time to get involved,” said Terhune. By serving this summer, we hope more North Carolinians will make an ongoing commitment to volunteering throughout the year.

Monarch is a nonprofit organization providing support and resources to people with intellectual and developmental disabilities, mental illness and substance abuse issues from 52 counties across North Carolina. They are a charter member of the national organization known as The Arc. For more information about how Monarch helps “dreams take flight”, please call 1-800-230-7525 or online at www.MonarchNC.org.