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National Days of Service

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.MLK logo

Martin Luther King, Jr. Day

The federal holiday honoring Dr. King will be on January 16, 2017. The Corporation for National and Community Service has dedicated this as a day of service to honor the life and teachings of Martin Luther King, Jr. Make the 16th of January “a day on….not a day off!” Visit www.mlkday.gov for more information.

9/11 Day of Service & Remembrance

First responders, recovery workers, safety officers, members of the military, and many others rose in service in response to the 9/11 tragedy. Community service on September 11 provides a positive way for Americans to honor and remember 9/11 victims, survivors, and the many who served. For more information, visit www.911day.org.


More opportunities for service are provided through the following recognized National Days of Service:

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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. This year, the event will be April 21-23, 2017. For more information, visit gysd.org.

nvw_logoNational Volunteer Week 

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 23-29, 2017).

USadmin-ajaxJoin Hands Day

The goal of this National Day of Service, held May 6, 2017, 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.

make a differenceMake A Difference Day

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 October 28, 2017. Visit www.usaweekend.com/diffday for more information.

national familyNational Family Volunteer Day and Week

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 18, 2017) 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.