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Special Days/Weeks Related to Volunteerism - Celebrated in North America

(Also see Worldwide listing)

January

National Mentoring Month
Thank Your Mentor Day
http://www.nationalmentoringmonth.org/take_action/thankyourmentorday/

Martin Luther King, Jr. Day
http://www.mlkday.org/
With "Make it a day ON... Not a day off!" as its slogan, this commemoration is designed to keep Dr. King's legacy of service to others alive in communities across the country.  The day of service is scheduled on his nationally-recognized birthday holiday.

February

Corporate Philanthropy Day
http://www.corporatephilanthropy.org/events/international-corporate-philanthropy-day.html
Building awareness of corporate-community partnerships and inspiring businesses to engage further in philanthropy. (Global as of 2009)

Random Acts of Kindness Week
http://www.actsofkindness.org
RAK Week® is dedicated to celebrating the little things we do for others.

2013: TBA

March

AmeriCorps Week
http://www.americorpsweek.gov/
AmeriCorps Week is a recruitment and recognition event designed to bring more Americans into service, salute AmeriCorps members and alums for their powerful impact, and thank the community partners who make AmeriCorps possible

Cesar Chavez Day of Service and Learning - March 31http://www.servicelearning.org/topic/area-service/cesar-chavez-day-service-and-learning
An official holiday in six states and dozens of cities and counties throughout the nation, this day honors the life, work, and values of activist Cesar E. Chavez. Learn more about Chavez at http://chavezfoundation.org/.

April

National Volunteer Week in Canada (usually the 3rd week April)
http://volunteer.ca/nvw
Held to coincide with the American National Volunteer Week dates (see below), Volunteer Canada provides support and media materials to recognize Canadian volunteering.

Suggestion: Visit our Collective Wisdom area to share or read ideas of what to do during National Volunteer Week.

National Volunteer Week in the USA (usually the 3rd week in April)      http://www.handsonnetwork.org/nationalprograms/signatureevents/nvw
National Volunteer Week, always held in the third week of April unless the spring religious holidays coincide, has been celebrated annually since the 1970s, though its visibility has been reduced by the new "Seasons of Service" calendar of events throughout the year. Now sponsored by the Points of Light Institute and run by its HandsOn Network . Energize has verified that these are the correct upcoming dates:

2014: April 6-13
2015: April 12-15
2016: April 10-17

 

Global Youth Service Day
http://www.gysd.org
Occurs each year (usually immediately preceeding National Volunteer Week) and celebrates the positive contributions that millions of young people are making in their communities. Major sponsors are Youth Service America and Parade magazine.  Next dates:

2013: April 26-28

May

Join Hands Day - first Saturday in May
http://www.joinhandsday.org
A nationwide volunteer day (sponsored by America's Fraternal Benefit Societies) to bring young people together with adults to create new and better relationships by working as a team within their own neighborhoods. Next dates:

2013: May 4


Senior Corps Week
http://www.getinvolved.gov/grantees/sc_week/index.asp

2013: May 6-10, 2013

July

Mandela Day - July 18
http://www.mandeladay.com/
An annual celebration of Nelson Mandela’s life (started in 2009) and a global call to action for people to recognize their individual power to" make an imprint" and change the world around them -- by giving 67 minutes of volunteer service.

September

National Day of Service and Remembrance - September 11
http://www.911dayofservice.org/
September 11th has now been officially designated as the National Day of Service and Remembrance under the 2009 Serve America Act.  

October

Be the Change Day - October 1
http://www.saalt.org/pages/Be-the-Change.html
An annual service day sponsored by South Asian American Leaders of Tomorrow (SAALT).  (Formerly called "National Ghandi Day of Service")

Make A Difference Day - 4th Saturday of October
http://www.usaweekend.com/diffday/index.html 
Each October, USA Weekend magazine, in partnership with the Points of Light Foundation, sponsors a day for people to volunteer and make a difference in the their communities. For more information, dial the Make A Difference Day Hotline, 1-800-416-3824 or visit the Web site. 

National Pro Bono Week - 20th - 26th of October 2013
http://www.taprootfoundation.org/leadprobono/pro-bono-week.php
The Taproot Foundation and the American Business Association have started this week to celebrate "he pro bono ethic in all industries, where professionals are using their skills to help make a difference in their communities."

November

National Philanthropy Day - November 15
http://www.afpnet.org/content.cfm?ItemNumber=4032
Sponsored by the Association of Fundraising Professionals, this day is celebrated around the US by AFP chapters in various ways, often with conferences or awards.  Financial giving is the primary focus, but volunteering is almost always included.

 

 

11/8/12

 


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