Day 94: Volunteer Week!


DAY 94 ACTION: Celebrate National Volunteer Week! Find a volunteer opportunity to participate in this week, and share your experience on social media! 

Volunteer paints a mural at Eastern High School in Washington, DC on MLK Day. Credit: City Year

“Unless someone like you cares a whole awful lot, nothing is going to get better. It’s not.” ~ Dr. Seuss

Today is the start of National Volunteer Week, a time to recognize the contributions of volunteers and to encourage more people to share their time and skills. National Volunteer Week started in 1974 and has grown significantly since then.

Volunteers work at domestic violence shelters, raise money for cancer research, work with sick and disabled people, tend community gardens, provide pro bono legal and other professional services, and help immigrants settle into life in the US. If you have a skill, chances are your community needs you!

Volunteering contributed $184 billion to the US economy in 2016. Best yet, volunteering is good for your health!

Many groups, like the Red Cross, are offering opportunities in honor of Volunteer Week. But the need is always there. Volunteer Match is a good one-stop-shop for volunteers. Get engaged in your community – you’ll be glad you did!

Today’s Action: Volunteer! Find a volunteer opportunity to participate in this week. Post a picture of your experience on social media. Or join the #ivolunteer campaign. We are #strongertogether!


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