Good Deeds Day sparks Volunteer Week April 15th thru April 21st. The global celebration unites people from more than 100 countries to do good deeds for the benefit of others and the planet. On April 15th, hundreds of thousands plan to participate in the Day by doing something good to improve the lives of others and positively change the world. In the United States and Canada, Good Deeds Day kicks off National Volunteer Week.
“I believe that if people will think good, speak good and do good, the circles of goodness will grow in the world.” — Shari Arison, business woman & philanthropist
Good Deeds Day was initiated in 2007 by businesswoman and philanthropist, Shari Arison, and launched and organized by Ruach Tova (NGO), a part of The Ted Arison Family Foundation, the philanthropic arm of the Arison Group. Last year, the Celebratory Day held its largest day yet on April 2 where 2,500,000 participants from 93 countries took part in 20,000 projects, totaling over 6.7 million hours of service.
National Volunteer Week, powered by Points of Light was established in 1974 in the U.S. to celebrate the impact of volunteer service and the power of volunteers to come together to tackle tough challenges, and build stronger, more resilient communities. The celebratory week shines a light on the people and causes that inspire us to serve, recognizing and thanking volunteers who lend their time, talent and voice to make a difference in their communities. Volunteer Week has grown exponentially each year. Every sitting President since its inception issues a special proclamation in honor of volunteers. A number of awards are presented for outstanding service including the President’s Volunteer Service Award.
The theme for 2018 is Service Unites — — to capture the power of changemakers to come together to build stronger, more vibrant communities through service. There are thousands of volunteer projects and special events scheduled throughout the week to take part in and inspire others.
HOW TO PARTICIPATE: #I VOLUNTEER
There are many ways to participate. Salute yourself, a friend, neighbor or colleague you know who exemplifies volunteerism. Nominate someone you admire for a volunteering award or share your favorite cause on social media.
By celebrating volunteers and their work, it is the hope to inspire more people to donate their time to local, national or global causes. A perfect time to find an opportunity to volunteer yourself in your community or take part on a larger scale, so take advantage.