Monday, April 22, 2013

A Week of Recognition, Just for You!

By Elizabeth Bailey
National Volunteer Week is April 21 to 27, 2013. This year’s theme, “Celebrating Service” marks a time to recognize and celebrate the men, women and youth who dedicate themselves to taking action and solving problems in their communities. 

The week calls on every American to do his or her part to sustain the growing spirit of service to the community, whether by committing hours or dollars to the cause.

President Richard Nixon, as an executive order, established national Volunteer Week in 1974. Currently, National Volunteer Week is sponsored by the Points of Light Institute (formally a foundation), which began in response to President George H.W. Bush’s 1989 speech. During this now famous speech, President Bush urged volunteers to become “a thousand points of light.”

Looking for the volunteer experience? The Volunteer Center of Bergen County can help match individuals with opportunities to volunteer.  Individual volunteer opportunities, group projects, at-home projects, family friendly volunteering, student or school volunteer ideas—the Volunteer Center can help individuals choose an activity that is a good match for their particular talents, interests and time availability. We thank each and every volunteer that comes into our center. Without our volunteers, we simply would not be here! Thank you for all of your hard work and dedication.

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