What are cabinet members doing for pre-inauguration National Day of Service?

January 17, 2013
(Doug Mills/AP)
(Doug Mills/AP)

Inauguration weekend will begin this year with a National Day of Service, continuing a tradition President Obama starting just before his first term to honor the life and legacy of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.

Twelve members of the president’s cabinet will take part in service projects on Saturday, with activities that range from serving breakfast to homeless D.C. residents to cleaning up area parks.

Among the more notable efforts: Education Secretary Arne Duncan will craft math-focused learning toys for classrooms at D.C.’s Burrville Elementary School; Labor Secretary Hilda Solis will help immigrants start their citizenship and deferred-action applications at the Hyattsville, Md. office of CASA de Maryland; and HUD Secretary Shaun Donovan will travel to New York’s Jones Beach to assist with restoration efforts.

The president’s inaugural committee on Saturday will also host a “Service Summit” on the National Mall, with about 100 organizations participating and seven service projects taking place under one tent.

The committee has created a web site where regular citizens can find local events and pledge to take part in activities for the day of service.

Vice President Joe Biden said in a statement from the president’s inaugural committee: “Each and every one of us can make a difference.  My family and I are looking forward to joining these members of the Cabinet, along with so many other Americans across the country, to kick off inauguration weekend and pitch in on the Day of Service this Saturday.”

The inauguration committee said the president and vice president would participate in service activities in the D.C. area but did not provide specifics on their plans for the day.

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Josh Hicks covers the federal government and anchors the Federal Eye blog. He reported for newspapers in the Detroit and Seattle suburbs before joining the Post as a contributor to Glenn Kessler’s Fact Checker blog in 2011.
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