National Volunteer Week

April 23-29, 2017

National Volunteer Week, brought to you by Points of Light, is an opportunity to recognize and thank volunteers who lend their time, talent, voice and support to causes they care about in their community. Their stories can serve to inspire others to find ways to take action that creates change.

Service Unites, the theme for National Volunteer Week, captures the power of changemakers to come together to build stronger, more vibrant communities through service.

Celebrate National Volunteer Week

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 changemakers in your community, and inspire others to serve.


Plan an Event

Get graphics, sample messages, social media posts and more resources to help promote your National Volunteer Week events.

Volunteer in Your Community

Find a volunteer opportunities in your community on All for Good.

Recognize Volunteers in the Workplace

Check out our report on Best Practices in Employee Volunteer Programs.


Recognize Volunteers in Your Life

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.

Get inspired by previous Daily Point of Light Awardees and thank an outstanding volunteer in your life for their service by nominating them for a Daily Point of Light Award.

Share Your Passion: Participate in the #ivolunteer Campaign

During National Volunteer Week, we want to know: What inspires you to serve?

Beginning in mid-April, we will ask volunteers to join the #ivolunteer social media campaign. You will be able to download a printable #ivolunteer signboard, and customize it with what inspires or motivates you, what causes you’re most passionate about, or what volunteering means to you. Take a photo holding the sign, and share on Instagram or Twitter using #ivolunteer and #NVW.

Downloadable signboard, sample posts and additional details will be available in April.


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