At one Vermont college, commencement's joys trump worries about debt, job prospects.
The legislation will increase spending on federal community-service programs by 25 percent.
Protests against Washington spending took place in more than 700 US cities Wednesday.
Comprehension and other critical skills improve dramatically with one-on-one help from Experience Corps' volunteers, a new study shows.
Advocates for nonprofit aid agencies hope they'll get some help in the economic stimulus package.
While Obama urges expanding conservation corps, cash-strapped states such as California mull cutbacks.
Enlisting even a fraction of them to volunteer would be a boon for the US.
Obama would expand federal service efforts; McCain would rely more on private sector.