History of Volunteer Week

National Volunteer Week was started by Presidential Proclamation in 1974 and has been supported annually since. The week provides an opportunity not only for the public to engage in volunteerism through a variety of events, but also to acknowledge the contributions made by volunteers throughout the year. In April 2018, Hawaii officially recognized (by legislative resolution) National Volunteer Week for the first time. 

Volunteer Week Hawaii 2018 celebrated the impact of volunteer service across Hawaii, provided an opportunity to share our mana and aloha, and encouraged community members to join in and volunteer. During this first year, Volunteer Week Hawaii consisted of more than 60 events across five islands.  The week highlighted our collective impact and fostered a sense of connectedness among all who participated Hawaii-wide. 

Volunteer Week Hawaii is an annual event in alignment with National Volunteer Week. Our goal is to grow awareness and participation in the Week with more events across the state, thus providing additional opportunities for everyone to get involved. 

Volunteerism reminds us that sharing our aloha with others is foundational to connected and healthy communities. 

Key Impacts of the first Volunteer Week Hawaii in 2018

  • Broadened and strengthened relationships between individuals, community organizations, and businesses through encouraging volunteerism, sharing best practices, and building capacity for better civic engagement, corporate citizenship, and ongoing volunteerism
  • Grew awareness through media exposure (i.e. television, radio, print, social media) for the purpose of (1) increasing participation in Volunteer Week and (2) sharing good deeds to instill a sense of connectedness in the community.
Volunteer Week Hawaii, it’s a kakou thing.        #volunteerweekhawaii #kanuhawaii 

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