National Days of Service


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Programs are encouraged to participate in National Days of Service.

Martin Luther King, Jr. Day

"A day ON…not a day off" occurs annually on January 19, 2009 (the day of observance of the federal holiday honoring Dr. King's birth). The Corporation for National and Community Service is responsible for promoting this day as a day of service to honor the life and teachings of Martin Luther King, Jr. See www.mlkday.org for more information.

Global Youth Service Day

Over the past decade, Global Youth Service Day (April 24-26, 2009) has brought together more than 13 million people in thousands of communities nationwide. For more information, visit Youth Service America at www.ysa.org.

National Volunteer Week

National Volunteer Week began in 1974 when President Richard Nixon signed an executive order establishing the week of April 19-25, 2009 and April 18 -24, 2010 as an annual celebration of volunteering. Every President since has signed a proclamation promoting National Volunteer Week. National Volunteer Week has become the official time to recognize and celebrate the efforts of volunteers at the local, state, and national levels. For more information, visit Points of Light's Page on National Volunteer Week at http://www.pointsoflight.org/programs/seasons/nvw/.

Join Hands Day

The goal of Join Hands Day May 2, 2009 and May1, 2010 is to begin making connections and friendships across generations that will continue long after the day is over. Developing these relationships is essential to creating healthy organizations, neighborhoods, and communities. For more information on Join Hands Day, visit www.joinhandsday.org.

Make a Difference Day

Sponsored by USA Weekend and Points of Light Foundation, is held each year on the fourth Saturday in October. October 25, 2008. See www.makeadifferenceday.com for more information on Make a Difference Day.

National Family Volunteer Day

The Points of Light Foundation launched the Family Matters initiative to encourage and engage families in community-oriented projects. National Family Volunteer Day is held the Saturday before Thanksgiving (November 22, 2008) every year and kicks off National Family Volunteer Week as part of an annual public awareness. For more information, visit www.pointsoflight.org/familymatters.

My Good Deed Day

One Day's Pay in partnership with Points of Light Foundation, Youth Service America and Citizen Corps. To encourage people everywhere to set aside time every September 11 to help others in need - in any fashion they deem appropriate - in honor of those who lost their lives as a result of the terrorist attacks against America. (September 11, 2008) For more information, visit My Good Deed at http://www.mygooddeed.org.