April 7-13, 2019

National Volunteer Week, powered by Points of Light, is an opportunity to celebrate the impact of volunteer service and the power of volunteers to come together to tackle tough challenges, and build stronger, more resilient communities. Each year, we shine a light on the people and causes that inspire us to serve, recognizing and thanking volunteers who lend their time, talent and voice to make a difference in their communities.


Celebrate Service

National Volunteer Week was established in 1974 and has grown exponentially each year, with thousands of volunteer projects and special events scheduled throughout the week. Plan or attend an event to celebrate the impact of volunteers in your community, and inspire others to serve.

Volunteer in Your Community

Celebrate service by making a difference in your own community during National Volunteer Week.

Spread the Word

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Recognize Volunteers

National Volunteer Week is an opportunity to shine a light on the people and causes that inspire us to serve. The Daily Point of Light Award honors exceptional volunteers, celebrating the power of the individual to spark change and improve the world.

Daily Point of Light Stories

Be inspired by the volunteers who lend their time, talent and voice to the causes they care about.

Read Their Stories

Nominate a Daily Point of Light

Recognize the extraordinary volunteers who make a meaningful difference in your community.

Nominate a Volunteer



Share Your Passion: Participate in the #ivolunteer Campaign

We want to know: What inspires you to serve? During National Volunteer Week (April 15-21), download and fill out the #ivolunteer signboard, take a photo holding the sign, and share on Instagram or Twitter using #ivolunteer and #NVW.

Download #ivolunteer Signboard

Sample messages to share with photos:



Every problem that the country faces is being solved in some community by some group or some individual.The question is how to get connected so that the whole nation can solve problems. A volunteer is a person who can see what others cannot see; who can feel what most do not feel. Often, such gifted persons do not think of themselves as volunteers, but as citizens – citizens in the fullest sense; partners in civilization.

President George H.W. Bush
Founder, Points of Light



Make your calendar for future National Volunteer Week celebrations:
April 7-13, 2019, April 19-25, 2020, and April 18-24, 2021.


Past National Volunteer Weeks
2017 | 2016 | 2015