Designated days of service on a national level provide individuals, families, organizations and communities with opportunities to come together to make our nation stronger. Plan a project or join one in progress.
Each year, the Corporation for National and Community Service (CNCS) spearheads the effort to encourage Americans to volunteer in their communities during the Martin Luther King Jr. Day of Service and the September 11th National Day of Service and Remembrance.
Martin Luther King, Jr. Day
“A day ON…not a day off” occurs annually on January 21, 2013 (the day of observance of the federal holiday honoring Dr. King’s birth). The Corporation for National and Community Service is responsible for this day as a day of service to honor the life and teachings of Martin Luther King, Jr. See mlkday.gov for more information.
Celebrating and Serving together on September 11 provides a positive and forward-looking way for Americans and others to forever honor and remember the 9/11 victims, survivors, and the many that rose in service in response to the 9/11 tragedy, including first responders, recovery workers, volunteers, public safety officers and members of our military. For more information, visit http://www.911day.org
More opportunities are provided for service through the following recognized National Days of Service.
Global Youth Service Day
An annual global event that highlights and celebrates the contributions of youth to their communities through volunteer service. During Global Youth Service Day, youth around the world organize community service projects to address the needs of their local communities, to be recognized for their contributions, and to be a part of a global youth service movement. GYSD is held during a weekend every April. In 2014, the event will be April 11 – 13, 2014. For more information, visit gysd.org.
in 1974 President Richard Nixon signed an executive order establishing the week as an annual celebration of volunteering. Every President since has signed a proclamation promoting National Volunteer Week. It has become the official time to recognize and celebrate the efforts of volunteers at the local, state, and national levels. For more information, visit www.handsonnetwork.org/nationalprograms/signatureevents/nvw (April 6-13, 2014).
The goal of this National Day of Service, held annually in May, is to begin making connections and friendships across generations that will continue long after the day is over. Developing these relationships is essential to creating healthy organizations, neighborhoods, and communities. For more information, visit www.joinhandsday.org.
This is the most encompassing national day of helping others — a celebration of neighbors helping neighbors. Everyone can participate. Created by USA WEEKEND Magazine, Make A Difference Day is an annual event that takes place on the fourth Saturday of every October. The next event is Saturday, October 26, 2013. See www.usaweekend.com/diffday for more information.
The Points of Light Foundation launched the Family Matters initiative to encourage and engage families in community-oriented projects. National Family Volunteer Day is held the Saturday before Thanksgiving (November 16, 2013) every year and kicks off National Family Volunteer Week as part of an annual public awareness. For more information, visit http://www.handsonnetwork.org/node/362