April is National Volunteer Month
Become a hero and celebrate National Volunteer Month by volunteering for a cause you're passionate about!
March 24, 2013
Across the country this month Americans will be giving their time and energy, but not getting paid for it. What gives?
It’s national volunteer month! A time when you have the opportunity to help your fellow Americans by volunteering.
April also encompasses National Volunteer Week. According to Nationalserviceresources.org:
“National Volunteer Week began in 1974 when President Richard Nixon signed an executive order establishing the week as an annual celebration of volunteering. Every president since has signed a proclamation promoting National Volunteer Week. Additionally, governors, mayors and other elected officials make public statements and sign proclamations in support of the event.
“During National Volunteer Week, thousands of volunteers around the country will be honored with local organizational awards for their community service. Thousands of organizations also will distribute the President’s Volunteer Service Award to their deserving volunteers. This award is the most prestigious volunteer award currently connected to the White House that all Americans can aspire to achieve. It provides organizations with the unique opportunity to bestow national and presidential recognition on their volunteers who have made a sustained commitment to service.”
Interested in volunteering? Here are some resources to check in with:
- Volunteermatch.org Matches users to volunteer opportunities with over 70,000 nonprofit organizations.
- Americorps Each year, AmeriCorps offers 75,000 opportunities for adults of all ages and backgrounds to serve through a network of partnerships with local and national nonprofit groups. And, even better, members who complete service may be eligible for an Education Award of up to $4,725 ( to pay for college, graduate school, or to pay back qualified student loans) plus living allowances during their term of service.
- Points of Light Institute a national nonprofit, nonpartisan organization in the United States of America dedicated to engaging more people and resources in solving serious social problems.
- The Red Cross Helps prepare communities for emergencies and keep people safe every day thanks in large part to volunteers.
Don’t forget to check out DoSomething’s Cause of the Month! If you’re ever looking for a way to give back, we update the Cause of the Month…well, monthly! That way, there is always something that you can do to help others!