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National Days of Service and

Special Initiatives

Each year, the Corporation for National and Community Service (CNCS) spearheads the effort to encourage Americans to volunteer in their communities. They do so through celebration, recognition, and reflection on special days of service and initiatives on:
  • September 11th National Day of Service and Remembrance
  • National AmeriCorps Opening Day
  • Veterans Day
  • Martin Luther King Jr. Day of Service
  • AmeriCorps Week
  • National Service Recognition Day

On these days of service and special initiatives, CNCS provides tools and resources for organizations and individuals to become engaged in service activities, including grants to organizations to support volunteer projects across a state or throughout a multi-state region.

September 11th: National Day of Service and Remembrance

September 11th National Day of Service and Remembrance is the culmination of efforts, originally launched in 2002, that promotes community service on 9/11 as an annual and forward-looking tribute to the 9/11 victims, survivors, and those who rose up in service in response to the attacks.

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Martin Luther King Jr: Day of Service

What is Martin Luther King Jr. Day and Why is it a "Day of Service?"

Legislation signed in 1983 marked the birthday of the Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. as a federal holiday. In 1994, Congress designated the Martin Luther King Jr. Federal Holiday as a national day of service and charged the Corporation for National and Community Service (CNCS), the federal agency that leads service and volunteering, with leading this effort. Each year, on the third Monday in January, the MLK Day of Service is observed as a "day on, not a day off." MLK Day of Service is intended 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."

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Veterans Day

Each year, Senior Corps and AmeriCorps members assist more than 750,000 veterans and military families in VA clinics and hospitals, nonprofits and public agencies, and veterans’ services organizations. These members connect veterans to employment and education services, provide job counseling, offer transportation to medical appointments, mentor and tutor children of military families, and more. For more information, please click here.

AmeriCorps Week

AmeriCorps Week takes place on during the second week in March and is a celebration of all things AmeriCorps – from the programs and organizations that make this national service initiative possible in thousands of locations, to the members who have pledged to “Get Things Done” since the program’s inception in 1994. For more information on AmeriCorps Week, go to CNCS AmeriCorps Week!


National Service Recognition Day

On National Service Recognition Day, thousands of local leaders across the country honor AmeriCorps members and Senior Corps volunteers by participating in recognition events, issuing official proclamations, and taking to social media in a nationwide show of appreciation. This annual initiative takes place the first Tuesday in April, and is led by the Corporation for National and Community Service (CNCS), the National League of Cities, the National Association of Counties, and Cities of Service. For more information, go to NRS Day!

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