This week (April 23-29) is National Volunteer Week, a campaign to highlight the importance of volunteers and volunteerism to communities and organizations across the country, first established in 1974. Since its inception, it has grown to encompass thousands of volunteer projects and events, and today provides one of the key opportunities to recognize and celebrate the impact on real people’s lives brought about through the service of millions of Americans representing the full spectrum of our country’s rich diversity.
This year’s campaign, led by Points of Light, is an opportunity not only to highlight the stories of individuals who have given their time, skills, experience, and dedication to the causes, organizations, and communities they care about, but also to thank them for their service, and use their stories to inspire others to join in and add their passion for change and commitment to effective action to the nation-wide collaboration, highlighted by this year’s theme, Service Unites.
Points of Light has lots of great resources to help you celebrate National Volunteer Week, from materials for use with social media campaigns, to links to help find volunteer opportunities near you, to Best Practice recommendations for Employee Volunteer Programs, and more. You can view profiles of Daily Point of Light Awardees and nominate an outstanding volunteer you might know for this award. You can also participate in their #ivolunteer Campaign by sharing your story of what inspires you to serve. Download their #ivolunteer signboard, write your inspiration, take a photo and share on social media with the hashtags, #ivolunteer and #NVW.
Come join us and help celebrate the over 60 million Americans who volunteer each year, giving of themselves and giving back to strengthen and improve communities across our great nation!