Each national day of service is sponsored by a national organization and focuses on a theme that targets a specific group. Building each day of service into your program calendar can promote volunteerism in your community and provide opportunities for project-oriented problem solving, planning, teaching, researching, networking and increasing community awareness. The idea is to turn people on to service so they will become life-long volunteers.
MARTIN LUTHER KING, JR. DAY
January 18, 2016—Make it a day ON…Not a day OFF!
Martin Luther King, Jr. day is to help keep Dr. King's legacy of service to others alive in communities across the country. Sponsors are the Corporation for National Service and the Points of Light & Hands On Network.
For more information visit mlkday.gov.
NATIONAL VOLUNTEER WEEK
April 10 - 16, 2016 – Inspire By Example!
National Volunteer Week is to recognize and celebrate the efforts of volunteers at the local, state and national levels. The sponsor is the Points of Light & Hands On Network.
For more information, contact: 1-800- VOLUNTEER or visit www.pointsoflight.org/signature-events/national-volunteer-week.
GLOBAL YOUTH SERVICE DAY (GYSD)
April 15 - 17, 2016 — The power of youth serving youth!
National Youth Service Day is to empower young people, highlighting their ongoing contributions to their communities and mobilizing their energy, commitment, and idealism through sustainable service. Sponsors are Youth Service America, National Youth Leadership Council, Parade Magazine, and 49 national partner organizations including the Points of Light & Hands On Network and 13 sponsors including AT&T.
For more information visit www.gysd.org/about.
TBD 2016 - Celebrate AmeriCorps!
AmeriCorps Week is a recruitment and recognition event designed to bring more Americans into service, salute AmeriCorps members and alums for their powerful impact, and thank the community partners who make AmeriCorps possible. AmeriCorps Week provides an opportunity for AmeriCorps members, alums, grantees, program partners, and friends to shine a spotlight on the work done by members in communities across the country -- and to motivate more AmeriCorps to join AmeriCorps or volunteer in their communities. For more information visit
JOIN HANDS DAY
May 7, 2016 —Youths and Adults Volunteering Together!
Join Hands Day is a day that brings youths and adults together to improve their own communities. Sponsors are America's Fraternal Benefit Societies.
TBD 2016- Celebrate AmeriCorps! Click here to read more about 2015 Idaho@Play
Idaho@play brings together members of AmeriCorps, VISTA, and Senior Corps to engage in community service projects which encourage children, their parents and grandparents to go outside and play!!
September 11th National Day of Service and Remembrance
September 11—I Remember. I Serve.
My Good Deeds is 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. Sponsors are One Day's Pay in partnership with Points of Light & Hands On Network, Youth Service America and Citizen Corps.
For more information visit http://www.911day.org/
MAKE A DIFFERENCE DAY
October 24, 2015—National Day to Help Others!
Make a Difference Day is to inspire and reward volunteers. Everyone who helps others on this day and submits an entry form is eligible for a national or local award and for a cash donation to a charitable cause. Every award recipient will appear in USA WEEKEND Magazine and on makeadifferenceday.com. Sponsors are USA WEEKEND Magazine and the Points of Light Hands On Network.
For more information visit http://makeadifferenceday.com/