The folks at the Housing and Urban Development Department's Web site are doing their part to make it easier for Americans to volunteer.
HUD this month opened a virtual Volunteer Center on their Web site in the spirit of the "Presidents' Summit" on community service. The center lists web links to volunteer opportunities at federal agencies, as well as links to national volunteer programs and volunteer clearinghouses.
HUD's Web site is a natural location for such a center because "volunteerism and community development go hand in hand," HUD webmaster Candi Harrison said.
The Volunteer Center may prove particularly useful to summit-inspired federal managers who want to set up volunteer programs in their offices. Feds can follow the links to programs such as EPA's Monitoring Water Quality program, the Education Department's America Reads Challenge and the Small Business Administration's Service Corps of Retired Executives to find out how these agencies use volunteers to improve the delivery of government services.