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2011 National Volunteer Week is approaching!

2011 April 4
by Anthony Hoell

It’s that time of year again to recognize our volunteers and celebrate people in action!  National Volunteer Week will be taking place next week, April 11th through April 16th.  Check back here throughout the week to read stories of service about volunteers in the Chicago community.

What is National Volunteer Week?

Occurring every April since 1974, National Volunteer Week consists of 7 days where the government, media and nonprofits encourage citizens of all ages to give back to their communities.  It was established by President Richard Nixon, and every president since then (in addition to U.S. governors and mayors) has issued a proclamation during the week calling for Americans to volunteer their time to serve at local nonprofit organizations.  Click here to read President Obama’s 2010 proclamation.

How is National Volunteer Week celebrated?

National Volunteer Week is sponsored by the Points of Light Institute, the largest network of volunteer organizations in the nation.  HandsOn Network, which is a part of Points of Light, helps their members to recognize and celebrate volunteers.  The week’s official theme is “Celebrating People in Action”, and features recognition luncheons, awards ceremonies, “servathons”, and other events to reflect on our culture of service.

Take part in our celebration this year!

This year, we will be asking trivia questions about The Volunteer Center and our volunteers on our Facebook Page.  Each day, a new question will be posted.  The first person to answer the question correctly will win a prize that we will send them in the mail!  To participate, “Like” our organization on Facebook by visiting, and be sure to be the first to answer the question correctly.  Questions will be posted at 2:00 pm, CST, beginning Monday, April 11th.  Good luck, and thanks for helping us celebrate National Volunteer Week!

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