There are only a couple more days left to celebrate National Volunteer Week, which is now through Saturday, April 24.

According to PointsOfLight.org, this week is a special time to celebrate those who give back to their local communities all year long.

"National Volunteer Week is an opportunity to recognize the impact of volunteer service and the power of volunteers to tackle society’s greatest challenges, to build stronger communities, and be a force that transforms the world. Each year, we shine a light on the people and causes that inspire us to serve, recognizing and thanking volunteers who lend their time, talent, and voice to make a difference in their communities.”

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National Volunteer Week was established in 1974 and has grown exponentially each year, with thousands of volunteer projects and special events scheduled throughout the week.

During the COVID-19 pandemic, National Volunteer Week has had to operate a little differently in order to keep everyone healthy and safe. Opportunities to give back to the local community come in many different forms, ranging from monetary donations to virtual events, social distancing events, and more.

Today is Earth Day, and the Eastern Rhode Island Conservation Department has been celebrating our planet all month long. Sunday, April 25 is World Plogging Day and ERICD is hosting a fundraiser with volunteers in mind. Click HERE for more information.

If you're looking for another volunteer opportunity that caters to your interests, click HERE to access VolunteerSouthCoast.org.

"Bring out the best in yourself and in our community this National Volunteer Week! We are proud to connect volunteers to the opportunities they seek through Volunteer SouthCoast, a partnership between United Way of Greater New Bedford, United Way of Greater Fall River, and United Way of Plymouth County."

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