National and State Days of Service
Volunteer Iowa, the Corporation for National and Community Service, and the Governor’s Office invite you to take part in a Day of Service to serve and help your community. Choose to participate in the one or two that best reflect your mission, or be a part of all of them!
Each national and state-designated Day of Service may be unique and special in its own way, yet all have the same purpose and commitment; making a difference – whether it is for the life of one community member or the community as a whole. Organizations and volunteers gather to take part in Days of Service to bring attention to causes and issues needing change and to make contributions to the solutions. Service projects focus on, but are not limited to, service areas such as education, mentoring, community beautification, and product drives. The list goes on and on.
Martin Luther King, Jr. Day of Service (3rd Monday of January)
The third Monday in January was designated as an annual federal holiday and national day of service by Congress in 1994. This day is to bring attention to real needs affecting our local communities. The slogan is “Make it a day ON- not a day off”.
Aaron Eilerts Day of Service (February 24)
The annual Aaron Eilerts Day of Service takes place each February 24 (Aaron’s birthday) in honor of a talented and compassionate young man, who tragically lost his life in the devastating tornado at Camp Little Sioux on June 11, 2008. Aaron, an eighth grader at Robert Blue Middle School in Eagle Grove, truly lived with a “Spirit of Service.” Countless Iowans’ lives were made better because of Aaron’s understanding of one simple truth: service to family, community and friends is something which links us all.
AmeriCorps Week is a time to salute AmeriCorps members and alums for their service, thank AmeriCorps community partners, and communicate AmeriCorps impact on communities and on the lives of those who serve.
Mayors Day of Recognition for National Service (first Tuesday of April)
The nation’s mayors are increasingly turning to national service as a cost effective strategy to address city challenges. To spotlight the impact of national service and thank those who serve, mayors across the country participate in the annual Mayors Day of Recognition for National Service. On this day, mayors will hold public events and use traditional and social media to highlight the value and impact of national service to the nation’s cities.
National Volunteer Week (normally begins on the third Sunday in April)
A nationwide initiative to recognize and celebrate the tremendous efforts of volunteers.
Global Youth Service Day (last three days of National Volunteer Week in April)
Global Youth Service Day is an annual campaign, sponsored by Youth Service America, which celebrates and mobilizes the millions of children and youth who improve their communities each day of the year through service and service-learning. Global Youth Service Day is the largest service event in the world and is now celebrated in over 100 countries. On Global Youth Service Day, children and youth address the world’s most critical issues in partnership with families, schools, community and faith-based groups, businesses and governments.
Join Hands Day (first Saturday in May)
This national event unites young people and adults in an effort to make their neighborhoods better. The day brings youth and adults together as equal partners in planning an activity that fixes or improves a local problem.
Senior Corps Week (early May)
Held for the first time in 2010, Senior Corps Week is an opportunity to highlight the impact of Seniors Corps volunteers in Iowa, celebrate their service, and invite others to join. Senior Corps connects today’s over 55’s with the people and organizations that need them most; they volunteer as mentors, coaches, companions to people in need, and contribute valuable experience and job skills.
September 11 National Day of Service and Remembrance (September 11)
A national movement launched in 2003 to establish 9/11 as a national day of kindness, service and reflection by volunteering, helping others in need, or doing something good for your community.
Make A Difference Day (fourth Saturday in October)
Make A Difference Day, the largest national day of helping others, is sponsored annually by USA WEEKEND Magazine and its 700 carrier newspapers. Make A Difference Day is a national day of helping others – a celebration of neighbors helping neighbors.
Family Volunteer Day (Saturday just prior to Thanksgiving)
A day of service held on the Saturday before Thanksgiving to “kick-off” the holiday season with giving and service. Family Volunteer Day demonstrates and celebrates the power of families who volunteer together, supporting their neighborhoods, communities and the world