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.

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Recognize service during National Volunteer Week! Volunteerism inspires others to take action, to realize their power to make a difference, and be a force that transforms the world: www.pointsoflight.org/nvw #NVW #LocalLight

It’s National Volunteer Week! Volunteerism empowers individuals to find their purpose, to take their passion and turn it into meaningful change: www.pointsoflight.org/nvw #NVW #LocalLight

The most powerful force in the world is the individual who has realized their power to do good. During National Volunteer Week, we recognize the extraordinary volunteers who dedicate their time, talent, and resources to make a positive difference: www.pointsoflight.org/nvw #NVW #LocalLight

During National Volunteer Week,recognize extraordinary volunteers who make a meaningful difference in your community! Nominate a #DailyPointofLight: www.pointsoflight.org/dailypointoflight #NVW #LocalLight

National Volunteer Week is a great time to get involved from home! Find opportunities to make a difference in your community: www.pointsoflight.org/volunteer #NVW #LocalLight

National Volunteer Week is an opportunity to celebrate the impact of volunteer service, and the power of volunteers to make a difference, and be a force that transforms the world. [link: www.pointsoflight.org/nvw]

The most powerful force in the world is the individual who has realized their power to do good. During National Volunteer Week, we recognize the extraordinary volunteers who dedicate their time, talent, voice and resources to meet the critical needs of our communities. [link: www.pointsoflight.org/nvw]

During National Volunteer Week, we recognize the power of volunteers to make a difference and the extraordinary individuals who are at the center of social change. Thank someone who is making a meaningful difference in your community – nominate them for a Daily Point of Light Award: [link: www.pointsoflight.org/dailypointoflight]

National Volunteer Week is a great time to get involved from home! Find opportunities to make a difference in your community: [link: www.pointsoflight.org/volunteer]

National Volunteer Week is an opportunity to recognize the impact of volunteer service, and the power of volunteers to make a difference, and be a force that transforms the world. #NVW #LocalLight

The most powerful force in the world is the individual who has realized their power to do good. During National Volunteer Week, we recognize the extraordinary volunteers who dedicate their time, talent, and resources to meet the critical needs of our communities. #NVW #LocalLight

During National Volunteer Week, we recognize the power of volunteers to make a difference, and the extraordinary individuals who are at the center of social change. Thank someone making a difference in your community – nominate them for a #DailyPointofLight Award at www.pointsoflight.org/dailypointoflight. #NVW #LocalLight