What is National Volunteer Week?

April 27th through May 3rd is the 30th annual National Volunteer Week. National Volunteer Week was created in 1974 by President Richard Nixon. It provides a special opportunity to encourage men, women, and children of all ages to get connected to their communities by volunteering. The theme for this year is Celebrate Volunteers - The Spirit of America! Take time during National Volunteer Week to say 'thank you' to the millions of people who change the world by volunteering. They volunteer with neighbors, friends, family members and strangers to make outstanding contributions to their communities throughout the year.

Quick Facts

Sources:
Ron Crocheron, Newseum Volunteer Coordinator.
Points of Light Foundation. "National Volunteer Week Toolkit." http://www.pointsoflight.org/NVW/nvw.cfm.


Area Volunteer Opportunities

Whether you want to make a long or short-term commitment, there are volunteer opportunities available to fit your schedule and interests. The Give Five campaign explains how even five hours of service can make a difference. Before you make the commitment to volunteer, be sure and read the Ten Tips for Volunteering Wisely. For assistance finding local volunteer opportunities of interest, use the resources below.

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National Volunteer Week Contests
for Freedom Forum employees and volunteers

Essay Contest
Write a few sentences describing a volunteer experience you have had. Entries should be emailed to 'refdesk' by Friday, April 25th. Prizes will be awarded for the top three entries. Winners will be announced during National Volunteer Week.

Quiz
Now that you've read all about National Volunteer Week, take the quiz.
To see answers, click here.