A Week to Honor the Nation’s Volunteers

April 15-21 is National Volunteer Week in the U.S. National Volunteer Week in the United States was first established via Presidential Proclamation 4288, signed by Richard Nixon in 1974.

The week is powered by the Points of Light foundation.

According to the 2017 Presidential Proclamation for National Volunteer Week:

“According to the Bureau of Labor Statistics, more than 60 million Americans volunteered in 2015, giving an estimated $184 billion in service to their communities.”

“The latest data shows that our Nation’s seniors lead the way in time spent volunteering, and we are immensely thankful for their commitment. Our busy adults aged 35 to 54 volunteer at the highest rates, and our communities depend on their continued involvement. Our Nation continues to build a culture of service—the volunteer rate among our teenagers has steadily climbed over the past several years.”

Next week, think of how you might volunteer in the year ahead. Then sign up! There’s no better feeling than giving some of yourself, and your time, as a volunteer.

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