“Even though the kids are supposed to do a lot of the work, I’m still up at 5:15 a.m. taking my dog out. So for everyone who has a child asking for a puppy – you have to want the dog,” Mrs. Obama said to knowing laughter from a luncheon audience of congressional spouses. “As I do,” she added. “I love my Bo.”
And like other moms she is working hard outside of the home. One of her projects is fostering community service. As she told a group at a congressional club luncheon.
But service groups, and non-profits, faith-based organizations, philanthropists, corporations, government, individuals of all ages have had to play a role in moving this country forward. The question that we have to ask ourselves now as individuals is “What will I do? What am I willing to do in these times?” Because these times are tough.
About 62 million people or a little over a quarter of U.S. citizens volunteer each year to help improve their community in some way. And about $300 billion a year is donated to support the work of religious institutions, foundations and non-profits to further causes that make people healthier, that make neighborhoods safer, that make communities stronger.