Why We Recognize

AmeriCorps, the only federal agency tasked with elevating service and volunteerism in America, engages more than 270,000 AmeriCorps members and AmeriCorps Seniors volunteers in national service at more than 40,000 locations each year.

Through partnerships with schools, faith-based groups, nonprofits, and local agencies, national service members are embedded within the communities they serve, using their ingenuity and training to make a tangible, lasting impact. Whether responding to natural disasters, tackling the opioid epidemic, educating students for the 21st century workforce, or supporting veterans and military families, AmeriCorps helps local leaders strengthen their communities.


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Questions? Email RecognitionDay@cns.gov.

Get Involved

Use these resources to show your support for AmeriCorps and AmeriCorps Seniors on National Service Recognition Day. Draft an op-ed or use social media to show your recognition.

Communications toolkit


Download our printable signs

National Service Works Sign — AmeriCorps, fillable


National Service Works Sign — AmeriCorps Seniors, fillable


Download our shareable social media graphics

History of National Service Recognition Day

This annual initiative takes place the first Tuesday in April, and is led by AmeriCorps, the National League of Cities, the National Association of Counties, and Cities of Service. Mayors and city leaders, county officials, and tribal leaders across the country are using national service more and more to solve their community’s toughest challenges. 

When National Service Recognition Day launched in 2013, more than 800 mayors recognized the positive impact of AmeriCorps members and AmeriCorps Seniors volunteers in their communities. Since then, thousands of local leaders including city council members, county commissioners, tribal leaders, and state legislators, have joined in support.