National Speak Up For Service Day

National Speak Up for Service Day is a holiday observed on October 30th that encourages young people to become more involved in community service. It also recognizes the contributions of youth volunteers who work hard each year. Recognizing their contributions is important because their service is vitally important to the country.

Youth volunteerism not only helps the community but also enables youths to develop skills they can use later in life. In communities, their volunteerism helps build safer environments, introduces fresh perspectives, and solves problems that couldn’t be solved otherwise.

The History of National Speak Up for Service Day

This holiday was created by the Mandan Lions Club in 2014 to honor those who volunteer in communities to improve people’s lives. It has been celebrated on October 30th ever since and encourages people to recognize the youth volunteers who work hard in communities every day.

Facts About Volunteering

Below are some fascinating facts about volunteering in general that we think people will appreciate. Let’s take a quick look at them before we discuss how National Speak Up for Service Day should be observed.

  • Across the world, there are over a billion volunteers.
  • Worldwide, volunteers account for up to 110 million full-time workers.
  • Approximately 57% of all volunteer work is done by women.
  • About 1 in 4 American adults participate as volunteers.

Observing National Speak Up for Service Day

On this day, everyone is encouraged to recognize the youth volunteers in their community who work hard on a variety of projects. It is important to give them recognition for their hard work—not only because they deserve it but also because it inspires others to get involved in community service as well. Volunteerism not only benefits the community but also helps the volunteers develop lifelong skills that they can use throughout their lives.

When is it?
This year (2024)
October 30 Wednesday
Next year (2025)
October 30 Thursday
Last year (2023)
October 30 Monday
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