Happy 40th, National Volunteer Week.
Endorsed and supported by President Obama, Congress and other national and state leaders, National Volunteer Week kicked off on April 6th this year and winds down on April 12th, with thousands of volunteer projects and special events having taken place throughout the week. The President called upon all Americans to observe this week by volunteering in service projects across our country and pledging to make service a part of their daily lives.
Ever since 1974, when President Nixon first set the ball in motion, National Volunteer Week has celebrated the power of civic service and galvanized more profound community engagement. But the week is more than just a general appreciation for volunteering. It’s an observance that has become a cornerstone event for corporate philanthropy leaders as a way of spurring further participation in and support for their organizations’ community work.
As such, the week is recognized by corporations and nonprofit organizations in numerous events throughout the country.
Every year, I love hearing about the ways that companies honor their commitment to volunteering during National Volunteer Week. This special time is always a magic hour for causes, when enormous attention is focused on giving back and the spirit of good will permeates everywhere, especially throughout corporate corridors.
I hope that this week has been one of inspiration, with many examples like these: