May 28, 2023

National Volunteer Week is a yearly week of recognition for the thousands of people in the U.S. who give generously of their time and resources to a huge variety of causes.   This year it is April 23 – 29, 2017.

HOW IT STARTED:  This designated week started in Canada dating back to the time of the Second World War, when women were celebrated for their part in supporting the war effort on the home front.

In 1974 Nixon established National Volunteer Week for the United States.  Each year, the current president issues a special proclamation in honor of volunteers.  A number of awards are presented for outstanding service including the President’s Volunteer Service Award and the Points of Light Tribute Awards.

The week is used to bring awareness to the contributions of volunteers and to encourage more people to donate their time to a local, national, or global cause.

It’s also a time to maybe roll up your sleeves and donate your time, talent or money to a local charity to make New Jersey a Better Place!

Not sure where to go?

New Jersey Governor’s Office of Volunteers is a perfect place to start.  Not only to Find things to volunteer for – but for outreach to non-profits who are looking for help!

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