Congress passed the bill with bipartisan support last month, but some Republicans complain it's too costly and unnecessary.
How to get involved in your neighborhood:
- http://www.volunteer.gov/ is a Web site run by the federal government, giving Americans a way to search for service opportunities within a zip code or state.
- Ask religious leaders or faith-based organizations about ways to help others
- Senior Corps is a government-run program offering volunteer opportunities for people 55 years and older.
- AARP's Web site
- Students can ask guidance counselors, a principal or the PTA about ways to help in the community.
- Join AmeriCorps
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