National Volunteer Week is a time to celebrate people doing extraordinary things through service. Established in 1974, National Volunteer Week focuses national attention on the impact and power of volunteerism and service as an integral aspect of our civic leadership. The week draws the support and endorsement of the president and Congress, governors, mayors and municipal leaders, as well as corporate and community groups across the country.
National Volunteer Week is not only our moment in time to celebrate our volunteers, but to share ideas, practices, and stories wherever they happen, and to re-imagine the notion of citizenship for the 21st century. Below you will find links to various volunteer week resources.
Do you have a great story of a volunteer going above and beyond to help your organization achieve its mission? Or, do you have an outstanding volunteer that you are extra thankful for? Share your inspiring volunteer stories with United Way, and we will send your outsanding volunteer a personalized Thank You eCard, straight from the Volunteer Center at United Way of King County. We will also be selecting a handful of the stories we receive to highlight on the United Way website during National Volunteer Week! To submit a story and send a thank you card to your volunteer, click here.
Washington State Jefferson Awards
Join CityClub for a breakfast on April 7th celebrating volunteerism and the five Washington State Jefferson Award winners. Learn more, read about this year's winners and vote for your favorite Washington State winner here.
Seattle Mariners Salute To Volunteers Night is April 21st
It doesn't have to be National Volunteer Week for you to thank those magnificent volunteers of yours! Salute to Volunteers Night is April 21st, and is the perfect way for nonprofits to recognize their volunteers. As a thank you to those who volunteer, tickets to the game can be purchased at a discount ed price of $8. Organize a group of 20 or more and your organization's name will be displayed on the scoreboard after the 4th inning! For more information and to purchase tickets, click here.
Nominate a volunteer for a DAILY POINT OF LIGHT AWARD
The Daily Point of Light Award honors individuals and volunteer groups who are helping to meet critical needs in their communities and creating change every day. Each weekday, one volunteer or volunteer effort in the country receives a Daily Point of Light Award. Learn more here.
Created by the President's Council on Service and Civic Participation, this program encourages ongoing involvement in service and civic engagement. Individuals, families and groups are honored at different stages of their service journey by acknowledging annual volunteer hours served and the resulting positive community impact. Check out more information about the award here.
More Volunteer Week Resources
Energize Inc. A comprehensive list of volunteer recognition articles and resources for Volunteer Managers
2014 National Volunteer Week Resource Guide from Points of Light Institute
List of Volunteer Awards from Points of Light Institute
Volunteer Recognition and Retention Worksheet from United Way of King County
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