Looking for ideas and service dates to inspire your employee volunteer councils in 2017?

Here is a list of 2017 dates to help get you started!

If you’re leading your company’s employee volunteer programs, you probably already recognize the benefits that volunteering brings to your workplace. Corporate volunteer programs not only foster teamwork and camaraderie, but employees are more engaged with the organization and learn new skills. Plus, recent studies suggest that consumers think more favorably about socially responsible brands and businesses creating a win-win for your organization’s reputation and revenue stream.

To help you organize your volunteer and employee engagement activities, here is a table of key dates in 2017 with ideas and links. Keep this handy as you plan out your service year. 

SPECIAL VOLUNTEER DAYS/WEEK

VOLUNTEER IDEAS

2017 DATES

Martin Luther King Day

Day of community service

January 16

National Human Trafficking Awareness month

Raise awareness of human trafficking

January month long

National Mentoring Month

Mentor rising high school juniors through college apps

January month long

Women’s Heart Week

Participate in a Heart Walk or ‘Go Red’ event

February 1-7

National Organ Donor Day

Run an Organ donor drive

February 14

Random Acts of Kindness

Crowdsource/share inspiring stories within company

February 12-18

Black History Month

Volunteer with an African American nonprofit or museum

February month long

Read Across America Day (Dr. Seuss Day)

Volunteer with a kindergarten class

March 2

Teen Tech Week

Volunteer at a local library with teens

March 5-11

AmeriCorps Week

Celebrate nonprofits/schools AmeriCorp members

March 5-12

National Pi Day

Organize STEM volunteering at a middle school

March 14

Red Nose Day

Fundraise for low income children

March 24

Cesar Chavez Holiday

Thank a farmer. Create a school garden.

March 31

Earth Day

Get outside and volunteer

April 22

Take our kids to work day

Bring foster kids into the workplace

April 27

National Volunteer Week (US)

Volunteer with a HandsOn Network affiliate

April 23-29

Join Hands Day

Volunteer with teens/seniors on a collaborative project

May 6

Senior Corps Week

Be a foster grandparent volunteer

May 15-19

Bike to Work Week

Organize a bike safety clinic

May 15-19

Memorial Day

Volunteer with Veterans orgs

May 29

LGBQT Pride Month

Walk in a Pride parade

June month long

Stand up to Cancer Day

Volunteer meal prep at a Ronald McDonald House

September  8

National Day of Service & Remembrance

Unite in a volunteer service activity

September 11

National Preparedness Month

Organize a Disaster Prep activity

September month long

Hispanic Heritage Month

Volunteer with a Hispanic nonprofit or museum

September 15 – October 15

Make a Difference Day

Community service volunteering

October 28

Breast Cancer Awareness Month

Fundraise for women’s health organizations

October month long

STEM/STEAM Day

STEM volunteering at schools

November 8

Hunger & Homelessness Awareness Week

Volunteer at a shelter or soup kitchen

November 12-18

Global Entrepreneurship Week

Host teen entrepreneurs at the workplace

November 19 - 25

Giving Tuesday

Promote giving opportunities

November 29

Movember

Raise awareness on men’s health

November month long

Do you need help with developing a volunteer engagement strategy that aligns to your organization’s unique capabilities and identity? Contact Silicon Valley Community Foundation at Donate@siliconvalleycf.org and let’s get started!