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A Week for the Strong

It’s National Volunteer Week in the U.S., April 15-21, 2012. This special week, established in 1974, is a time to celebrate, honor and thank millions of volunteers across the country for giving their time and talent to help so many. Volunteering is what makes our country strong.

And of course, there’s strength in numbers. About 64.3 million people volunteered through or for an organization at least once between September 2010 and September 2011, according to the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics. It is heartening to know that so many people make time to give back.

Here at United Way Worldwide, promoting volunteering is a core part of our work in the U.S. and around the world. From Day of Action on June 21 in the U.S., to the Worldwide Day of Action on December 5, and throughout the year, United Way mobilizes volunteers to make an impact in education, income and health.

What does that mean? It could mean volunteering to read to or mentor a child, help make sure that people who are struggling get tax refunds they are entitled to, or help kids stay active and eat healthy foods. You can make an impact side by side with others, through social media, and by speaking out about the change we seek.

Whatever you do, we thank you.