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National Days of Service

Through Volunteer Generation Grant funds, the Massachusetts Service Alliance provides organizations with mini-grants to support projects that address a specific community need and engage a diverse group of volunteers. The service project mini-grants are in conjunction with two National Days of Service: MLK Day of Service in January and National Volunteer Week in April. 


See below for the current MLK RFP. The National Volunteer Week RFP will be released this December/January. Sign up for updates below to receive the RFP announcement via email.


For more information, contact Shana Lothrop, Program Officer for Volunteer Initiatives, at slothrop@mass-service.org or (617) 542-2544 x214.


          Martin Luther King, Jr. Day of Service

Initiated by Congress in 1994, the Martin Luther King Jr. Day of Service is a nationwide effort to transform the federal holiday into a day of community service in order to empower individuals, strengthen communities, bridge barriers, create solutions to social problems, and move us closer to Dr. King’s vision of a beloved community. Visit MLKDay.Gov to learn more about MLK Day nationally.


2018 Martin Luther King, Jr. Day of Service (January 15, 2018) Request for Proposals


Due: Friday, September 15, 2017 by 5:00 pm

MSA seeks to award grants up to $3,500 to support projects honoring the MLK Day of Service. MSA has a youth development project focus and will look to support projects that utilize volunteers to enhance programming and make a substantial impact in this area, including projects that engage youth as volunteers. 


Funding Priorities: 

1) service projects that engage volunteers in youth development projects or within youth serving programs; 

2) projects that focus on providing family service opportunities, and/or intergenerational projects; 

3) volunteer connector agencies across the state (volunteer connectors include organizations that connect individuals with volunteer opportunities and support organizations in effectively using those volunteers to create meaningful change in local communities); and 

4) organizations that provide large scale service projects (engaging 50 or more volunteers).  

Although applicants may include existing volunteers, proposed projects must be open to new community volunteers. 


View a copy of the RFP here.

View Budget Forms here

Apply online here.


AmeriCorps Week

AmeriCorps Week is a recruitment and recognition event designed to bring more Americans into service, salute AmeriCorps members and alums for their powerful impact, and thank the community partners who make AmeriCorps possible. AmeriCorps Week provides an opportunity for AmeriCorps members, alums, grantees, program partners, and friends to shine a spotlight on the work done by members in communities across the country -- and to motivate more individuals to join AmeriCorps or volunteer in their communities. 


National Volunteer Week: April 15-22, 2018

National Volunteer Week is about inspiring, recognizing and encouraging people to seek out ways to engage in their communities. It’s about demonstrating to the nation that by working together, we have the fortitude to meet our challenges and accomplish our goals. National Volunteer Week embodies the energy and power volunteers evoke on a daily basis as they lead by example—not only encouraging the people they help, but motivating others to serve as well.


2017 National Volunteer Week Partners

Boston Cares

Charles River Watershed Association

Community Farms Outreach

Growing Places

Loaves & Fishes Food Pantry, Inc.

Mill City Grows

New England Aquarium

Office of Neighborhood Services - Boston City Hall

Project Citizenship

Rebuilding Together Worcester

Springfield Partners for Community Actions

United Way of Central Massachusetts

United Way of Pioneer Valley

University of Massachusetts Dartmouth

Working for Worcester