Some of the more widely known Days of Service include:

*9/11 Day of Service and Remembrance (Patriot Day), always September 11. Purpose: To collect, preserve, and present the history of the September 11, 2001 attacks in New York, Virginia, and Pennsylvania and the public responses to them.  – in honor of those who lost their lives as a result of the terrorist attacks against America. Link:

*Make A Difference Day, always Fourth Saturday in October (not necessarily the last Saturday in October). Purpose: To inspire and reward volunteers. Everyone who helps others on this day is eligible for a national or local award. LINK:

Family Volunteer Day, usually November. Purpose: To call families across America to work together in volunteer service. LINK

*MLK DAY, always January. Purpose: To help keep Dr. Kings’s legacy of service to others alive in communities across the country by engaging people of all abilities in volunteer service or help to those in need.  LINK:

National Volunteer Week, usually April. Purpose: To recognize and celebrate the efforts of volunteers at the local, state, and national levelsLINK:

Global Youth Service Day. Purpose: To empower young people, highlighting their ongoing contributions to their communities and mobilizing their energy, commitment, and idealism through sustainable service. LINK:

* The Volunteer Center hosts special projects on these days. Check back to our website to see how you, your family or service group can participate and help others!

For more information on National Days of Service, visit the following websites:

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AmeriCorps logo
National Association of Volunteer Programs in Local Government