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ZIP Code software to help mobilize volunteers

Volunteerism could be aided throughout the US using zip code software to help people find local projects they can get involved with, reports the Boston Globe.

Figures from the Corporation for National and Community Service reveal that over 60 million Americans were involved in voluntary activities throughout 2008, with more than eight million of these aged between 16 and 24.

In response, new website Serve.gov has been set up by the organization with the help of the White House and will use zip code verification in efforts to encourage volunteer work across the country to culminate in a national day on September 11th.

Organizations like Citizen Schools, City Year and YouthBuildUSA – all based in Boston – are playing a central role in encouraging involvement and young people in Massachusetts alone volunteered for 111 million hours during 2008.

This activity has been particularly helpful for many organizations during the global downturn.

In other news, a city administrator in Oregon is calling for Adair Village to receive its own zip code, reports the Albany Democrat-Herald.
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