National Volunteer Week is an annual celebration observed in the United States and in Canada in mid to late April, to promote and show appreciation for volunteerism in the two countries. This year it is observed April 12-18.
National Volunteer Week was first conceived in Canada in 1943 as a way to celebrate the contribution made by women on the home front to the war effort. After World War II ended, National Volunteer Week declined in popularity until the 1960s when it revived and eventually began gaining popularity in the United States as well, where it is organized by the Point of Light foundation.
National Volunteer Week in the United States was first established via Presidential Proclamation signed by Richard Nixon in 1974. Former President George H. W. Bush showed his support of American volunteering in his 1991 State of the Union Address, commending “a volunteer’s generous gesture”, and calling it “an idea that is simply right.” A National Volunteer Week new proclamation has been issued by the American President each year since the holiday’s inception.
There are many opportunities to Volunteer. You can Join a Board of Directors – See BoardMatch.
You can help at a local school, or join the PTA at the school that your children go to.
You can help out at an event, ask a vendor or group you are interested if they could use a hand. Offer to get involved with Blue Star Moms (support for our troops) or ask an elderly neighbor if they need something fixed or a ride somewhere. It can be as organized or as personal as you wish.