National Volunteer Week was founded in 1974 by Points of Light, an organization dedicated to volunteer service. Volunteer Week has grown exponentially each year, with thousands of volunteer projects and special events scheduled throughout the week of April 15-22. This week is an opportunity to celebrate the impact of volunteer service and the power of volunteers to come together to face challenges, build stronger, more resilient communities.
Every problem that the country faces is being solved in some community by some group or some individual.The question is how to get connected so that the whole nation can solve problems. A volunteer is a person who can see what others cannot see; who can feel what most do not feel. Often, such gifted persons do not think of themselves as volunteers, but as citizens – citizens in the fullest sense; partners in civilization. – George W. Bush, Founder, Points of Light