Special Days/Week Related to Volunteerism in North America

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January

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.

February

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

Upcoming dates:

 February 12-18, 2017

March

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.

An official holiday in six states and dozens of cities and counties throughout the United States, this day honors the life, work, and values of activist Cesar E. Chavez with a day of service and learning.

April

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 23-29, 2017

April 15-21, 2018

April 7-13, 2019

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 Future dates:

April 23-29, 2017

April 15-21, 2018

April 7-13, 2019

May

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: 

September

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. 

 

October

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."

November

"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 19, 2016
        November 18, 2017

 

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.