National Days of Service
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.
MSA is focusing its efforts on strengthening this service day, and encourages all individuals and organizations in every region of Massachusetts to commit to addressing serious needs on this day and throughout the year.
Through support received through the Volunteer Generation Fund, MSA provides mini-grants to organizations to engage volunteers in meaningful service to honor Dr. King.
National Mentoring Month
Created by the Harvard School of Public Health and MENTOR, National Mentoring Month (NMM) celebrates its 10th anniversary in 2011. By focusing national attention on the need for mentors, as well as how each of us - individuals, businesses, government agencies, schools, faith communities and nonprofits - can work together to increase the number of mentors, we assure brighter futures for our young people.
NMM celebrates mentoring and the positive effect it can have on young lives. Its goals are to:
- Raise awareness of mentoring in its various forms.
- Recruit individuals to mentor, especially in programs that have waiting lists of young people.
- Promote the rapid growth of mentoring by recruiting organizations to engage their constituents in mentoring.
To get involved, click here.
National Volunteer Week
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.
Global Youth Service Day is an annual campaign that celebrates and mobilizes the millions of children and youth who improve their communities each day of the year through service and service-learning.
Established in 1988, Global Youth Service Day (GYSD) is the largest service event in the world and is now celebrated in over 100 countries. On GYSD, children and youth address the world's most critical issues in partnership with families, schools, community and faith-based organizations, businesses, and governments.
Mark you Calendars! Youth Changing the World - April 11-13, 2014.
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.
The fifth annual AmeriCorps Week took place May 14-21. Click here for more information about AmeriCorps Week and to access helpful tools and resources including a presentation kit, materials and gear.
National Day of Service and Remembrance - September 11
September 11th has now been officially designated as the National Day of Service and Remembrance under the 2009 Serve America Act to encourage all Americans and others to voluntarily support charitable causes, perform good deeds and engage in other service activities in observance of the anniversary of the 9/11 attacks. To learn more about the National Day of Service, click here.
2011 Recover, Repair, Rebuild...Remember
On the 10th Anniversary of September 11th, The Massachusetts Service Alliance and AmeriCorps members from across the state partnered with the Recover, Repair, Rebuild Initiative in collaboration with State Representative Todd Smola for a large-scale tornado cleanup effort in Western MA. Click here to learn more about the project.
Make A Difference Day - 4th Saturday of October
Make A Difference Day is the largest national day of community service. Make A Difference Day is sponsored by USA WEEKEND and HandsOn Network. Held annually on the fourth Saturday in October, Make A Difference Day is a celebration of neighbors helping neighbors.
For more information, click here.
"It's only when you hitch your wagon to something larger than yourself that you realize your true potential." -Barack Obama