Inspire by Example this Year during National Volunteer Week, April 15-21

Wednesday, 04 April 2007

"Inspire by Example" is the theme of National Volunteer Week 2007, which will be held from April 15-21. The week is about thanking one of America's most valuable assets, volunteers, and calling the public's attention to all that they do to improve our communities.

Each year, thousands of community volunteers offer their talents and donate thousands of hours to increase the capacity of fire/EMS departments by participating in the Fire Corps program, performing non-emergency roles for their department. Fire Corps would like to encourage these departments to honor their Fire Corps members during National Volunteer Week and throughout the year by becoming a Certifying Organization of the President’s Volunteer Service Award. Being a Certifying Organization enables a department to nominate its Fire Corps program or individual Fire Corps volunteers to be nationally recognized and rewarded for the commitment and service they have shown to the department. This award recognizes individuals, families, and groups that have achieved a certain standard – measured by the number of hours volunteered over a 12-month period or cumulative hours earned over the course of a lifetime.

Sponsored by the Points of Light Foundation, National Volunteer Week began in 1974, when President Richard Nixon signed an executive order establishing the week as an annual celebration of volunteering. Since then, every U.S. President has signed a proclamation promoting National Volunteer Week.

The Points of Light Foundation & Volunteer Center National Network engages and mobilizes millions of volunteers who are helping to solve serious social problems in thousands of communities. The Foundation advocates community service through a partnership with the Volunteer Center National Network. Together, they reach millions of people in thousands of communities to help mobilize people and resources, which deliver solutions that address community problems. For more information about the Points of Light Foundation & Volunteer Center National Network, visit www.pointsoflight.org.

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