National Days of Service

Volunteer Louisiana promotes all National Days of Service with a special emphasis on Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Day of Service, Global Youth Service Day, National Volunteer Week, National Day of Remembrance and Service, and Make A Difference Day. Below are information and links to those National Days of Service.

Dr. Martin L. King, Jr. Day

Legislation was signed in 1983 creating a federal holiday marking the birthday of Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. 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 with leading this effort. Taking place each year on the third Monday in January, the MLK Day of Service is the only federal holiday observed as a national day of service – a "day on, not a day off." The MLK Day of Service is a part of United We Serve, the President's national call to service initiative. It calls for Americans from all walks of life to work together to provide solutions to our most pressing national problems. The MLK Day of Service empowers individuals, strengthens communities, bridges barriers, creates solutions to social problems, and moves us closer to Dr. King's vision of a "Beloved Community."

Global Youth Service Day
Global Youth Service Day (GYSD) is a coordinated annual event which gathers young people around the world in conducting community service, service learning and youth voice activities that benefit their communities, their countries, and the world. Activities are organized in more than 100 countries each April to help mark the celebrations, and engage millions, making it the largest annual celebration of young volunteers

National Volunteer Week
National Volunteer Week is about inspiring, recognizing and encouraging people to seek out imaginative ways to engage in their communities. It’s about demonstrating to the nation that by working together, we have the fortitude to meet our challenges and accomplish our goals. National Volunteer Week is about taking action and encouraging individuals and their respective communities to be at the center of social change – discovering and actively demonstrating their collective power to make a difference.

National Day of Remembrance and Service
On the anniversary of the September 11th attacks, Americans will unite in service in the same remarkable way that so many came together following the attacks. As in years past, we anticipate service and remembrance activities in all 50 states, at which there will be opportunities for hundreds of thousands of volunteers to paint and refurbish homes, run food drives, spruce up schools, reclaim neighborhoods, and support and honor veterans, soldiers, military families, and first responders. In 2009, Congress designated September 11th as a National Day of Service and Remembrance under bipartisan federal law.

Make A Difference Day
On the fourth Saturday in October, millions of Americans unite to do good for others on Make A Difference Day. This nationwide effort was created by USA WEEKEND Magazine to recognize the everyday people whose contributions improve communities and better lives.


Family Volunteer Day
Held on the weekend before Thanksgiving, this day is an opportunity to kick off the holiday season by joining loved ones in an act of kindness or a volunteer project. Families can organize their own project or sign up to serve with an existing project. After volunteering, families can go online and upload details of what they did for an opporutnity to win $500.