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.
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.
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.
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.
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.