The 2009 National Volunteer Week theme, Celebrating People in Action, captures the meaning behind this signature week: honoring the individuals who take action and solve problems in their communities. This celebratory week will also focus national attention on the impact and power of volunteerism and service as an integral aspect of our civic leadership. Established in 1974 by former President Richard Nixon, National Volunteer Week has grown exponentially in scope each year, drawing the support and endorsement of all subsequent U.S. presidents, governors, mayors and other respected elected officials, as well as corporate and community groups across the country.
Two significant national days of service are also celebrated under the umbrella of this week: Earth Day on April 22 and Global Youth Service Day on April 24-26.
Take a look at the video below to learn more about one of the largest and most useful volunteer matching programs and use it to find an opportunity near you!