Special Days/Week Related to Volunteerism in North America

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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 United States.  The day of service is scheduled on his nationally-recognized birthday holiday.

Created in 2002 by the Harvard School of Public Health and MENTOR: The National Mentoring Partnership, National Mentoring Month held every January focuses national attention on the need for mentors, as well as how each of us—individuals, businesses, government agencies, schools, faith communities and nonprofits—can work together to increase the number of mentors to assure positive outcomes for our young people.


RAK Week® is dedicated to celebrating the little things we do for others.

Upcoming dates:

 February 12-18, 2017


AmeriCorps Week is a recruitment and recognition event designed to bring more people into service, salute AmeriCorps members and alums for their powerful impact, and thank the community partners who make AmeriCorps possible.


Held to coincide with the American National Volunteer Week dates, Volunteer Canada provides support and media materials to recognize Canadian volunteering.

Future National Volunteer Week Dates:

April 15-21, 2018

April 7-13, 2019

April 19-25, 2020


National Volunteer Week, always held in the third week of April unless the spring religious holidays coincide, has been celebrated annually since the 1970s, is sponsored by the Points of Light InstituteFuture dates:

April 15-21, 2018

April 7-13, 2019

April 19-25, 2020


In the U.S., 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. 


Conceived during John F. Kennedy's presidency, Senior Corps currently links more than 360,000 Americans to service opportunities. Their contributions of skills, knowledge, and experience make a real difference to individuals, nonprofits, and faith-based and other community organizations throughout the United States.

Senior Corps Week: 


In the U.S., September 11th has now been officially designated as the National Day of Service and Remembrance under the 2009 Serve America Act and the Corporation for National and Community Service coordinates it.  In addition, 9/11 Day (http://www.911day.org), "Tomorrow Together," also offers resources. 


Founded in 2012, National Voter Registration Day is a nonpartisan day of civic action endorsed by the National Association of Secretaries of State, National Association of State Election Directors, and National Association of Election Officials. Every year, scores of major national digital partners, media companies, national nonprofits, and civic organizations join with thousands of community organizations, libraries, colleges, businesses, and others – including over 20,000 volunteers and staff – to raise awareness of voter registration opportunities and register as many eligible voters as possible ahead of the various state registration deadlines. Over 2.4 million voters have been registered as part of the holiday since its founding in 2012.

Sept. 24, 2019 (fourth Tuesday of every September)


An annual service day originally sponsored by South Asian Americans Leading Together (SAALT) -- formerly called "National Ghandi Day of Service." As of 2016, SALT is no longer coordinating the day in favor of allowing individual communities to take over, but the Web site still offers a  Be the Change Planning Guide

Started in 1992 by USA Weekend magazine, this annual day of service is now run by TEGNA, Arby's Foundation, and Points of Light.  The Web site lets people seek single-day volunteer opportunities or register their own projects, plus gives participants resource information and logos. For more information, e-mail diffday@tegna.com

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."


"A day of service that demonstrates and celebrates the power of families who volunteer together, supporting their neighborhoods, communities and the world." Created by Points of Light in 1991, Family Volunteer Day is held annually the Saturday before Thanksgiving to 'kick off' the holiday season with giving and service, and to signal the start of National Family Week." 

Upcoming dates: 
        November 18, 2017

National Philanthropy Day (November 15) is an observance designated by the Association of Fundraising Professionals (AFP). It is a day to celebrate charitable activities, in the form of donated financial, in-kind and volunteering support. It is celebrated with blog postings by AFP highlighting outstanding charitable activities, as well as luncheons and awards throughout the USA by different AFP chapters. The Association has been celebrating National Philanthropy Day since 1986, when then USA President Ronald Reagan signed a proclamation recognizing November 15 as National Philanthropy Day in the USA. In 2013, the Canadian government signed into law a proclamation celebrating November 15 as National Philanthropy Day annually. The official National Philanthropy Day song, "Now More Than Ever," was written by Marvin Hamlisch.