Monday, April 16, 2007

National Volunteer Week, April 15-21

NATIONWIDE — Sponsored by the Points of Light Foundation and supported by USA Freedom Corps, National Volunteer Week is about thanking one of America's most valuable assets — volunteers — and calling the public's attention to all that they do to improve our communities. The theme is "Inspire By Example" and runs from April 15 to April 21.

National Volunteer Week began in 1974 when President Richard Nixon signed an executive order establishing the week as an annual celebration of volunteering. Since then, every U.S. President has signed a proclamation promoting National Volunteer Week.

A portion of President Bush's Proclamation National Volunteer Week, 2007, reads:

"Throughout the history of America, volunteers and civic organizations have helped extend the blessings of liberty and opportunity to our citizens. People across our Nation answer the universal call to love their neighbor by giving their time, talents, and energy to comfort those in despair, support others in need, and change lives for the better. The optimism and determination of our country's volunteers reflect the true spirit and strength of our Nation."

In honor of National Volunteer Week, USA Freedom Corps is encouraging all Americans to participate in a service-related activity. You can even use its Web site to find a volunteer opportunity. If you have an organization and have a volunteer opportunity that you would like to make available through the USA Freedom Corps Volunteer Network, you can recruit volunteers here.

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