April is National Volunteer Month, although it began as National Volunteer Week in 1974 when President Richard Nixon established the week of volunteer service recognition. Across America volunteers are honored for their unpaid community service to hundreds of organizations. Many of these organizations will be distributing the President’s Volunteer Service Award. This award is the most prestigious award a volunteer can aspire to receive.
National Volunteer Month is about encouraging people to come up with imaginative ways to demonstrate that by working together, we can meet our challenges and accomplish our goals, as an organization, as a community and as a nation.
Interested in volunteering? The American Red Cross and Habitat for Humanity are always seeking volunteers, as are many other local organizations. Looking for other volunteer opportunities? Check out VolunteerMatch and the Points of Light Institute where you can search for the types of volunteer opportunities you are looking for both locally and elsewhere.
Take action, be at the center of social change, demonstrate your collective power.