Special Days/Weeks Related to Volunteerism

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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 Parade magazine.

Good Deeds Day is an annual celebration of good deeds, asking people around the world to volunteer and help others, putting into practice the simple idea that every single person can do something good, be it large or small, to improve the lives of others and positively change the world. The site offers ideas for volunteer projects, toolkits, and a photo gallery. Began in Israel.

Future Dates:

April 2, 2017



Each year on June 21 -- the Summer Solstice (longest day of the year) -- "communities around the world come together to harness the volunteer spirit and improve the conditions in which they live." Special emphasis on a "Summer of Success" for young people. 

June 21


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.


An international day of volunteering (originating in the UK) "where thousands of good-hearted people across the world come together to experience the joy of giving (the Indian concept of Sewa) in its truest sense."

Sewa Day will take place in October.


Take time out to celebrate and acknowledge the work of volunteer managers – a global profession which facilitates and supports the work of millions of people – directly making our communities, countries and our world a better place in which to live. 


"No matter where you are, this is the day to change the world with one simple act of kindness."


In 1985 the General Assembly of the United Nations designated December 5th for an annual celebration by communities, peoples and governments of all that is achieved by voluntary effort – by volunteers – around the world. International Day is already marked in more than half the countries of the globe. We think this would be a wonderful day to have a special volunteer recognition activity in recognition of work done by volunteers all over the world. Visit our Recognition area to share or read ideas of what to do on this day. Visit their website for a toolkit and celebration ideas.