National Volunteer Month

April is National Volunteer Month as well as National Volunteer Appreciation Month. This month is designated to celebrate the work that volunteers do all year-round.

There is a special week set aside during this month that organizations across the United States pay special recognition to their volunteers for helping them achieve their mission. This year, the kick-off of National Volunteer Week will be April 10th -16th.

The History

National Volunteer Week was originated during the Nixon Administration in 1974 to encourage volunteerism across American. The initiative spread so rapidly that during the Bush Administration in 1991 it was expanded to include the entire month of April.

Thank a Volunteer

Take time out to thank a volunteer and show how much you appreciate the things they do for the community. Volunteering is a thankless task that anyone can do but may not always get the recognition for.

Become a Volunteer

Becoming a volunteer is a simple to invest your energy into a worthy cause. Sign up for a fundraiser, coach a team, volunteer at a soup kitchen, or any event that helps contribute to the betterment of the community around you. It doesn’t take much to make a difference, but the rewards are endless.

Donate to a charity

Non-Profit Organizations rely on grants and donations from the community and sponsors in order the keep the giving going. Not only is it a tax write-off but it’s an opportunity to ensure that continuous help is given to those in need. If you do not have money to give, you can donate non-perishable items to your local food bank, donate blood at your local blood bank as well as donate your hair to organizations such as the Locks of Love or your gently worn clothing and household goods to Good Will and the Salvation Army.

Remember to be the change that you want to see in the world.  

BECOME A VOLUNTEER TODAY!

For more information about National Volunteer Month, check out these articles below

https://www.fastweb.com/student-life/articles/honoring-aprils-national-volunteer-week-opportunities-and-resources

https://ww2.pointsoflight.org/nvw

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