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National Service


The United States of America recognizes a number of national days of service to encourage individuals to get involved in the community. Some national days of service include: Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Day of Service, National Volunteer Week, Make a Difference Day, and My Good Deed Day. To stay updated on all national days of service, visit the Corporation for National & Community Service or visit the websites linked below.


9/11 Day of Service logoSeptember 11th - National Day of Service and Remembrance


September 11th was designated as the National Day of Service and Remembrance under the 2009 Serve America Act. For the 10th Anniversary of the September 11th attacks, Americans are encouraged to adopt a charity or cause to volunteer your service on September 11th.

You can pre-register your interest in learning more about this national initiative at www.911dayofservice.org - you can decide now or later on how you'd like to participate.

To engage youth in service on 9/11 - and to teach young people, many of whom have no first-hand memory of 9/11, about the significance of the event, Youth Serve America offers 9 Lessons for 9/11 with related service project ideas.

YSA's Youth Council is supporting 9 for 9/11 service-learning projects through a YSA Grants program.

All residents in the ALIVE Center's regional area are encouraged to share your 9/11 service projects with us. Let us know what you plan to do by emailing alivebg@wku.edu


Make a Difference Day logo featuring a blue handsOctober 27, 2012 (4th Saturday in October) Make A Difference Day


Each October, USA Weekend magazine, in partnership with the HandsOn Network, sponsors a day for people to volunteer and make a difference in the their communities. For more information, dial the Make A Difference Day Hotline, 1-800-416-3824 or visit the Web site.

According the USA Weekend website, "More than 3 million Americans were out volunteering on last October’s Make A Difference Day. The April 8-10 issue of USA WEEKEND spotlighted the 10 National Honorees and three City Honorees receiving awards and $10,000 donations from Newman’s Own. That same week, the National Honorees were recognized at an awards ceremony in Washington, D.C."


January 21, 2013 Martin Luther King, Jr. Day of Service


With "Make it a day ON... Not a day off!" as its slogan, this commemoration is designed to keep Dr. King's legacy of service to others alive in communities across the country. The day of service is scheduled on his nationally-recognized birthday holiday.


April 22-26, 2013 - National Volunteer Week


National Volunteer Week, always held in the third week of April unless the spring religious holidays coincide, has been celebrated annually since the 1970s, though its visibility has been reduced by the new "Seasons of Service" calendar of events throughout the year. Now sponsored by the Points of Light Institute and run by its HandsOn Network . Energize has verified that these are the correct upcoming dates:

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