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Press Room:  For Immediate Release 
Explore, Enjoy and Protect the Planet

For Immediate Release: June 22, 2009

Contact: Rob Smith, (602) 254-9330 X 1
Nithin Coca, (415) 977-5761

Sierra Club Volunteers Launch "United We Serve" Service Projects

Washington, D.C. - In anticipation of President Barack Obama's launch of "United We Serve," Sierra Club members and supporters have been mobilizing to organize service events around the country. Sierra Club activists are using the opportunity to promote not only community service, but projects that illustrate how service can help improve the environment and help communities at the same time.

Events range from historic trail restoration, to river cleanups, water monitoring, and electronics recycling.

"America is a nation built on community and service to everyone, and the Sierra Club has been a strong part of that legacy," said Carl Pope, Sierra Club Executive Director. "We were proud to participate in President Obama's national day of service in January, and look forward to continuing this work through United We Serve."

Sierra Club's Building Bridges to the Outdoors program, which aims to connect children and youth with the outdoors, will also be participating with Interior Secretary Ken Salazar's office in a United We Serve project in Shenandoah National Park, helping clear invasive weeds.

Sierra Club volunteer efforts have already generated dozens of events across the country this summer. A small sampling of events include.
  • In Northern Arizona, The Sierra Club's Environmental Justice program will be working with the Hopi to restore ancient trails and springs in preparation for the annual Hopi "Water is Life" Run.
  • In the San Francisco Bay Area, volunteers will help clean up the popular San Antonio canyon by picking up trash and clearing graffiti left along the San Antonio Creek.
  • In NE Tennessee, The Sierra Club Water Sentinels program's Watauga group is hosting their 2nd annual Fishing Day for Kids and Grand-Folks, aimed at getting children and adults out into nature to experience the fun of fishing and to learn about the importance of clean water.
  • In Colinsville, Illinois, outside of St. Louis, Sierra Club activists will be hosting a computer and electronic recycling drive to encourage all residents to dispose of the old electronics responsibly.
  • Throughout West Virginia, Sierra Club activists will be working to help improve and maintain important Appalachian trails.
"We are tremendously proud to answer President Obama's call to renew America and provide care for our communities in the best ways we know how," said Pope.
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