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USAID Brings White House Service Initiative to Baltimore
Date:6/23/2009

Visit with Local Officials and Community Leaders Amplifies "United We Serve"

WASHINGTON, June 23 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- Amplifying the White House's efforts to kick off a summer of service, U.S. Agency for International Development (USAID) Acting Administrator Alonzo Fulgham joined local officials and community leaders in Baltimore for the inauguration of President Obama's "United We Serve" Initiative. United We Serve is a call to volunteer and be a part of building a new foundation for growth, one community at a time. During his two-hour visit to Baltimore, Fulgham volunteered with two local service projects - the Esperanza Center, and a mobile immunization clinic. (See links to high-resolution photos below.)

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Fulgham's morning visit to Baltimore - some 45 minutes from USAID's headquarters in downtown Washington - included an immunization drive organized by the Baltimore City Health Department, at both the Esperanza Center - a health center that provides bilingual adult, pediatric and well-woman care, and the Baltimore City Women, Infant and Children program. More than 30 children listened intently as Fulgham read several stories to entertain them as they awaited their appointments. After the "story time" Fulgham passed out backpacks filled with books to help encourage the children to continue reading at home.

After meeting with the children, Fulgham toured the Esperanza Center facilities and spoke with the staff. He also toured the Baltimore City Health Department's "TIKE Van," a mobile immunization
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