THURGOOD MARSHALL COLLEGE FUND JOINS UNITED WE SERVE INITIATIVE

TMCF Joins President in Call to Service for Summer Projects

New York, NY – June 26, 2009 - The Thurgood Marshall College Fund (TMCF) is taking part in United We Serve, a national effort launched by President Obama to engage more Americans in serving their communities this summer.

TMCF volunteers can sign up to be a mentor, researcher, event staff or a Teacher Quality & Retention or Leadership Institute Instructor as part of the summer service initiative.

“Volunteers have always been at the heartbeat of Thurgood Marshall College Fund’s success,” said Dwayne Ashley, President and Chief Executive Officer of TMCF.  Our 47-member schools are facing increasing demands for services, and volunteers can help us fill this growing need.  We are pleased to participate in United We Serve and thank the President for making this call to service this summer and beyond.”

United We Serve kicked off on June 22 and runs through September 11, which will be marked for the first time as a national day of service and remembrance.  The initiative focuses on four key areas: education, health, energy and the environment; and community renewal.  It is being led by the Corporation for National and Community Service, a federal agency that improves lives and strengthens communities though volunteering and service.

“This summer, I'm calling on all of you to make volunteerism and community service part of your daily life and the life of this nation,” said President Obama in the video.  “Economic recovery is as much about what you're doing in your communities as what we're doing in Washington – and it’s going to take all of us, working together.”

To make it easy for individuals to get involved, the Corporation created Serve.gov, a website that allows visitors to type in their zip code to find local volunteer opportunities, recruit volunteers by posting their organization’s projects, or get ideas for creating their own projects with friends, families, and neighbors. TMCF volunteer opportunities are listed on Serve.gov.

“Everyone has something to give, and summer is a great time for college students and alumni to get involved,” said Ashley.  By serving this summer, we hope more students will make an ongoing commitment to volunteering throughout the year, and TMCF will be here to support their efforts.”

About Thurgood Marshall College Fund, Inc.
The Thurgood Marshall College Fund, Inc., named for the late U.S. Supreme Court Associate Justice, was established in 1987 and represents 47 public Historically Black Colleges and Universities (HBCUs) and 6 law schools located in 22 states and the US Virgin Islands with a population of over 235,000 students. Over the last 21 years, TMCF has awarded more than $100 million in leadership development, programmatic and capacity support, and scholarships enabling more than 12,000 students to attend public HBCUs. It is the only national organization of its type that provides merit-based scholarships and programmatic support to students attending the nation’s public HBCUs. TMCF also provides internship programs and joins corporate and foundation partners in providing leadership training and support to students preparing for undergraduate and professional schools. TMCF is a 501(c) (3), tax-exempt organization.