This summer, the U.S. Department of the Interior supported “United We Serve,” President Obama's call for Americans to participate in our nation's recovery and renewal by serving in our communities. Secretary of the Interior Ken Salazar encouraged Interior employees, partners and volunteers to recommit to service in the outdoors at a kickoff event at Shenandoah National Park in Virginia on June 22, 2009.

Building on the Interior's proud legacy of service, volunteers lent their talents and skills within their communities and at wildlife refuges, national parks, recreation areas and cultural sites across the country. Read the inspiring stories they shared with us:

On Sept. 11, the National Day of Service and Remembrance, President Obama renewed his call to engage in meaningful service activities and to stay engaged with those projects throughout the year. With your help, we will continue to support this call for volunteerism while fulfilling Interior's role as a standard-bearer for service on our public lands and in our local communities.

To learn more about how you can get involved in volunteerism and service, visit the following sites: