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

(Also see Worldwide listing)


National Mentoring Month
Thank Your Mentor Day

Martin Luther King, Jr. Day
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.


Corporate Philanthropy Day
Building awareness of corporate-community partnerships and inspiring businesses to engage further in philanthropy. (Global as of 2009)

Random Acts of Kindness Week
RAK Week® is dedicated to celebrating the little things we do for others.

2013: TBA


AmeriCorps Week
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 31
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


National Volunteer Week in Canada (usually the 3rd week April)
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)
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
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


Join Hands Day - first Saturday in May
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

2013: May 6-10, 2013


Mandela Day - July 18
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.


National Day of Service and Remembrance - September 11
September 11th has now been officially designated as the National Day of Service and Remembrance under the 2009 Serve America Act.  


Be the Change Day - October 1
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 
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
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."


National Philanthropy Day - November 15
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.





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