April 19-25 is National Volunteer Week: “Celebrating People in Action”

Thursday, 19 March 2009

Today, there are more than 14,300 active Fire Corps volunteers nationwide. National Volunteer Week, which starts April 19, provides an excellent opportunity to recognize the efforts of these volunteers, as well as to promote the spirit of volunteerism among the general public. This year’s theme is “Celebrating People in Action.” Use this occasion to honor your Fire Corps members and let them know how valuable they are to your organization, or to recruit new Fire Corps members to support your department.

National Volunteer Week was created in 1974 when President Richard Nixon signed an executive order to establish the week as an annual celebration of volunteering. Every year since, each U.S. President, along with many governors, mayors, and other elected officials, has signed a proclamation promoting National Volunteer Week. The Points of Light & Hands On Network offers a National Volunteer Week Toolkit with planning materials, sample media releases, and more, available online by clicking here.

Recognize the hard work and commitment of your volunteers by highlighting them on the Fire Corps web site. Simply fill out the Fire Corps Profile Information Sheet and send the form, along with photos and captions, to This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it or fax to (202) 887-5291.

For more ideas on how to recognize your Fire Corps members, please refer to the Fire Corps Resource Guide.

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