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In 1974, then President Richard Nixon established National Volunteer Week, which is usually the 3rd week of April each year. Points of Light Institute (PoL (http://www.pointsoflight.org/) and its volunteer arm, HandsOn Network (http://www.handsonnetwork.org/ ), have been sponsoring National Volunteer Week for two decades. Anne O’Neill, media relations officer for PoL in Atlanta, Georgia stated, “National Volunteer Week is about celebrating people doing extraordinary things through service. During the week, we focus on honoring the people and organizations dedicated to taking action and addressing problems in their communities.”
Since its inception, National Volunteer Week has been supported by local governments, state governors, members of Congress and all United States presidents. In his Volunteer Week 2012 proclamation, President Barack Obama stated, “Service is a lifelong pursuit that strengthens the civic and economic fabric of our Nation. With every hour and every act, our lives are made richer, our communities are drawn closer, and our country is forged stronger by the dedication and generous spirit of volunteers.” (http://www.nationalservice.gov/about/newsroom/statements_detail.asp?tbl_pr_id=2090 )
In case you were wondering just how valuable volunteerism is to your nonprofit organization, here are a few figures to consider: Since 1980, the value of one volunteer hour has increased $14.33, from $7.49. In 2010, of American states and territories, the District of Columbia had the highest value at $33.61. Among the 50 states, Connecticut had the highest value at $27.77. Also in 2010, about 26.3 percent of the U.S. adult population (62.8 million people) volunteered 8.1 billion hours. In terms of dollars, that’s $173 billion!
This year, National Volunteer Week is April 15th through April 21st. If your organization hasn’t already shown appreciation for its volunteers as part of National Volunteer Week, there is still time! And if you’re at a loss for ideas, PoL has developed a resource guide to help you. (http://www.pointsoflight.org/sites/default/files/nvw_resourceguide_2012.pdf ) Take time to recognize and thank the volunteers who add value to your organization.
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