The Basics

The theme for National Volunteer Week is Celebrate Service – an opportunity to shine a light on the people and causes that inspire us to serve. Volunteerism empowers individuals to find their purpose, to take their passion and turn it into meaningful change. When each of us, in our own way, answers the call to make a difference, we make progress in solving our most persistent problems, and create stronger communities and a more just society.

National Volunteer Week is an opportunity to recognize and thank volunteers who lend their use their time, talent, voice and resources to meet the critical needs of our communities. Their stories serve to inspire others to take action, to realize their power to make a difference, and be a force that transforms the world. National Volunteer Week is a time to celebrate the impact of volunteer service on our communities. The local events, volunteer projects and social media conversations that take place during this week demonstrate that every individual has the power to make a difference, creating healthy communities in vibrant, participatory societies.

National Volunteer Week was established in 1974 and has grown exponentially each year, with thousands of volunteer projects and special events scheduled throughout the week. It is an opportunity to honor the impact of all those who do good in our communities, and inspire others to make a difference and improve the world.

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Use these tips and resources to celebrate service and spread the word about National Volunteer Week!

Sample Social Media Posts

#NVW is the official hashtag for National Volunteer Week.

Facebook: Points of Light
Instagram: @PointsofLight
LinkedIn: @Points-of-Light
X: @PointsofLight

April is a month of volunteer celebration! In addition to #GlobalVolunteerMonth we’re commemorating 50 years of #NationalVolunteerWeek from April 21–27! Join us throughout April in recognizing the incredible contributions of volunteers worldwide. Let’s honor the dedication, compassion and commitment of volunteers everywhere as they make a profound difference in their communities and beyond. #NVW

As we celebrate #GlobalVolunteerMonth and gear up for #NationalVolunteerWeek (April 21–27), let’s embrace the power of volunteerism to break down barriers, promote mental health and find happiness in making a positive impact. Your kindness has the potential to transform the world, one act at a time. #NVW

Did you know? Volunteer work goes beyond helping your community — it fosters meaningful connections and contributes to reducing feelings of anxiety, depression and loneliness. Join us during #GlobalVolunteerMonth and #NationalVolunteerWeek in making a difference and nurturing your own well-being. #NVW

Discover the magic of volunteering — it’s not just about giving; it’s a pathway to happiness, connection, and positive change. As we celebrate #GlobalVolunteerMonth and approach #NationalVolunteerWeek (April 21–27), unleash your passion, ignite change and be a part of creating a better world for all. #NVW

Volunteer to dismantle barriers, champion mental health and discover the joy of making a difference. As we honor #GlobalVolunteerMonth and look forward to #NationalVolunteerWeek (April 21–27), remember that each act of kindness has the power to reshape our world for the better. Join us in being the change we wish to see. #NVW


Throughout Global Volunteer Month, I pledge to plan, do and share ways to support my community through volunteerism and civic action.