By Julie Holdaway
While volunteers are out and about our neighborhoods year-round, on five particular days they are out en masse.
If I were contemplating how to step up my volunteer recruiting, I'd definitely want to know how to be a part of these five days – Days of Service.
Days of Service are nationally recognized volunteer days, mobilizing thousands of volunteers, corporations and media partners. The volunteers – young and old, families, service clubs, school teams and individuals, congregations and corporations – join at several signature projects.
Your nonprofit gets two key benefits that go beyond the all-important impact on the core mission. First, you get to meet hundreds of new potential recruits. Second, the media get to meet you.
Throughout the U.S. there are more than a dozen nationally recognized Days of Service. In Orange County, OneOC coordinates volunteer efforts on five specific days:
Family Volunteer Day demonstrates the power of families volunteering together. Celebrated annually the week before Thanksgiving, this day “kicks off” the holiday season of service.
Martin Luther King Jr. Day recruits thousands of kids (and their parents) who have the day off from school. The slogan is to “make it a day ON … not a day off!”
Both Earth Day and Corporate Day of Service occur each spring. For corporations like Cox, Bank of America and Target, which all have teams out in the community on various Days of Service, the opportunity is to do good work in neighborhoods and develop teamwork, build new partnerships, engage and recognize employees, and gain visibility.
At September 11th National Day of Service and Remembrance we commemorate Sept. 11 heroes with our own smaller acts of service. This year we had teams from PIMCO, Home Depot, Experian, Singer Lewak and El Toro High School working together to repaint two Veterans First homes.
Are you interested in participating in Days of Service, or need help recruiting volunteers? Contact us-- There is always a way to get involved, to make a difference.