To kick off the National Day of Service that will be part of President Obama’s second inauguration this month, organizers are planning to set up a tented service fair on the Mall that would showcase approximately 100 charitable and community service groups and encourage people to join them.
The all-day fair on Jan. 19 will feature speakers, musical performances and booths where people can learn more about local and national service organizations, such as Bread for the City, Operation Hope, Feeding America or the USO, Presidential Inaugural Committee members said Friday. Visitors will be able sign up to volunteer that day and, committee organizers hope, agree to pledge their services for the following year.
The committee is still working out the final details for what they said would be a marquee event for the National Day of Service.
“Presidents have incorporated events that they hoped would continue, much like President Bush who began the tradition of the Commander-in-Chief’s Ball,” committee spokeswoman Addie Whisenant said. “In asking Americans to continue serving their communities throughout each year, President Obama also hopes that the Day of Service becomes a tradition for future inaugurals.”