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DHS Secretary Janet Napolitano & CFO Alex Sink Launch ‘United We Serve’ Initiative, Encouraging Community Service and Preparedness

6/22/2009

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: June 22, 2009                               
CONTACT: Kyra Jennings or Kevin Cate, (850) 413-2842
 

DHS SECRETARY JANET NAPOLITANO & CFO ALEX SINK LAUNCH ‘UNITED WE SERVE’ INITIATIVE, ENCOURAGING COMMUNITY SERVICE AND PREPAREDNESS
Floridians can visit www.serve.gov to find and create service projects in their communities
 

ORLANDO —Department of Homeland Security Secretary Janet Napolitano and Florida CFO Alex Sink today helped launch President Barack Obama’s ‘United We Serve’ initiative in Florida during a visit to the Orlando Emergency Operations Center.  Secretary Napolitano and CFO Sink assisted the Orlando Citizen Corps Council and volunteers assemble Community Emergency Response Team Kits.  They also spoke about the need for Floridians to get themselves prepared in the case of a hurricane, and encouraged them to reach out a helping hand to their friends and neighbors.
 
“Volunteerism strengthens a community’s capacity to meet challenges,” said DHS Secretary Janet Napolitano. “President Obama’s call for service—today and everyday—plays a critical role in our efforts to prepare and protect the nation.”
 
 “Floridians are facing many challenges right now— none of which can be overcome without working together as a community, neighbor helping neighbor,” said CFO Alex Sink. “Today’s service initiative, assembling Community Emergency Response Team Kits, is just one of the ways that Floridians can work together to prepare and protect our state.”
 
United We Serve is a summer service initiative that begins June 22 and runs through the National Day of Service and Remembrance on September 11.  The initiative will be led by the Corporation for National and Community Service, the federal agency dedicated to fostering service in communities across the country. 
 
During this summer, the President is renewing his call to all Americans to identify needs in their communities, engage in meaningful service to create change – and stay engaged with those projects long after September. To create new service projects, to find service projects in their communities and to share stories about projects that are making a difference, Floridians can visit the Corporation for National and Community Service’s website, www.serve.gov.
 
CFO Sink is committed to using a variety of community service efforts to help Floridians.  She helped to create the Florida Attorneys Saving Homes program, which pairs volunteer lawyers with Florida homeowners facing foreclosure, and helped kick-off the AARP of Florida’s Operation Hurricane Prepare initiative, which targets AARP members for community preparedness efforts.