AmeriCorps Celebrates National Volunteer Week
National service agency recognizes contributions and impact of millions of volunteers
WASHINGTON, D.C. – AmeriCorps, the federal agency for national service and volunteerism, celebrates National Volunteer Week from April 17-23 to honor the enduring contributions of volunteers and empower all Americans to make a difference. Volunteers are an essential resource in American schools and shelters, hospitals and hotlines, and civic, nonprofit, and faith-based organizations across the country.
On April 15, President Biden declared National Volunteer Week in a presidential proclamation to remind the nation that America is a country built on service and call on individuals to do their part to improve the lives of others.
“Supporting neighbors in need is a quintessential American value that makes this nation stronger,” said AmeriCorps CEO Michael D. Smith. “Every day, selfless community changemakers make the difference for children and families in greatest need. AmeriCorps members and AmeriCorps Seniors volunteers are proud to be at the heart of community and national service. We extend our deepest gratitude to all the volunteers who cultivate hope and help make a positive impact on their communities.”
AmeriCorps’ research shows many benefits to volunteerism. Volunteers engage with their communities at higher rates than non-volunteers. They more frequently talk to neighbors, participate in civic organizations, attend public meetings, discuss local issues with family and friends, do favors for neighbors, and vote in local elections. Volunteers also donate to charity at twice the rate of non-volunteers and encourage others to join them.
Every year, national days of service inspire thousands of individuals and organizations across the country to make volunteering a part of their lives. America's two national days of service are MLK Day and the 9/11 Day of Service and Remembrance. These national days of service bring the country together with people volunteering simultaneously across the nation. These volunteers make an immeasurable positive impact on their local communities through service each year. AmeriCorps encourages participation in both days of service, and all year long.
To join the celebration, follow AmeriCorps on Facebook, Twitter, Instagram and LinkedIn. For long-term, short-term, or just one-time volunteer opportunities use the AmeriCorps Volunteer Search, powered by VolunteerMatch. Visit americorps.gov/volunteer to find out more.