June 23, 2009
Service is about community. It's about a commitment to taking some time each day, or each week, or each month to make the community around you - be it a neighborhood, or a church, or a school - better. Service in this context often, if not always, means education. Mentoring a child, teaching a senior citizen on how to use a computer, tutoring English as a second language...these are all great forms of service that use skills you might not even think about having.
There is a community of individuals in this country who share the dream of becoming a US citizen. Each who becomes a citizen takes an oath to "...support and defend the Constitution and laws of the United States of America..." Service to this community can mean helping educate these aspiring Americans about the founding principles of our nation and the Constitution, so that they can fully understand the responsibility and reward of their decision to take the Oath of Allegiance.
Last night, Deputy Secretary Jane Holl Lute visited the Northern Manhattan Coalition for Immigrant Rights in New York City and discussed the importance of the Constitution with a citizenship class. “We the people, is the core principle of the U.S. Constitution,” said Deputy Secretary Lute. She also shared her personal take on the importance of understanding where each of us impacts the history of this country, and what "We the people" means to each of us and the communities of which we are a part.
It's easier than you might think to take some time this summer and get involved. You can visit serve.gov to learn more.
Published by the U.S. Department of Homeland Security, Washington, D.C.