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President Richard Nixon established National Volunteer Week with an executive order in 1974, as a way to recognize and celebrate the efforts of volunteers. Every sitting U.S. president since Nixon has issued a proclamation during National Volunteer Week (as have many U.S. mayors and governors).
Since then, the original emphasis on celebration has widened; the week has become a nationwide effort to urge people to get out and volunteer in their communities. Every April, charities, hospitals, and communities recognize volunteers and foster a culture of service.
Join your peers nationwide during the 2019 National Healthcare Volunteer Week, April 7-13, in celebrating and recognizing your volunteers' efforts to advance your organization.
This is an opportunity for you to recognize the integral role volunteers play in advancing patient engagement and quality care.
Future National Healthcare Volunteer Week Dates
- April 19-25, 2020
- April 18-24, 2021