The USA Freedom Corps lasted only as long as George W. Bush's presidency. Although President Obama decided not to continue the organization, he did sign the Edward M. Kennedy Serve America Act three months after taking office [source: Serve]. This put the Corporation for National and Community Service, also known as the CNCS, in charge of some of the organizations for which the USA Freedom Corps had previously been jointly responsible.
The CNCS was founded in 1993 to serve much the same purpose as the USA Freedom Corps. It's responsible for Learn and Serve America Senior Corps and AmeriCorps, all of which the USA Freedom Corps helped to strengthen. The USA Freedom Corps Web site is now called Serve.gov, but it does work in much the same way as its predecessor. People interested in volunteering can enter their zip code and a keyword to find opportunities based on location and interest. The Web site provides millions of opportunities throughout the United States and the rest of the world.
The Serve Web site also benefits organizations in search of volunteers. Groups, foundations and organizations can register their volunteer projects, giving them immediate accessibility and higher exposure. To register for free, visit the Web site, fill out a short form describing your event and post it. Most events will post within one business day.
For even more ways to volunteer, you can also visit the CNCS Web site, which features information on the Edward M. Kennedy Serve America Act and numerous resources for organizations and potential volunteers. The number of volunteer opportunities only continues to grow. When it comes to volunteering, there really is something out there for everyone.
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