Last year, local volunteers invested 14,496,300 hours of service in our community, providing a value of over $326,166,750 to Dane County.

United Way of Dane County is joining the nationwide celebration of National Volunteer Week, April 12-18, spotlighting the vital work done by volunteers in our community.
National Volunteer Week is about recognizing those who have already taken action and encouraging other individuals and their respective communities to be at the center of social change–discovering and actively demonstrating their collective power to foster positive transformation through volunteerism.

This year the United Way Volunteer Center will be providing resources and materials to local nonprofits to recognize their volunteers. Resources will be made available in the Volunteer Center starting the week of April 13.

Looking for a volunteer opportunity? National Volunteer Week is a great time to call or stop by the United Way Volunteer Center for assistance with volunteer placement. Call United Way
2-1-1 to give or get help, or go to

“The progress that United Way and other nonprofit organizations are making in Dane County are made possible because of volunteers—the local heroes who take action to ensure that our community’s needs are met,” says Leslie Ann Howard, President & CEO, United Way of Dane County. At United Way alone, “nearly 19,000 volunteers gave over 655,000 hours last year to accelerate our progress in our community’s Agenda for Change. We wouldn’t make measurable change in our community without them.”

April is all about volunteers!

April 12-18 National Volunteer Week
April 22, 24-26 Dane County’s Global Youth Service Day (3,000 local youth)
May 1 United Way Community Volunteer Awards

About National Volunteer Week
National Volunteer Week is a time to celebrate people doing extraordinary things through service. Established in 1974, National Volunteer Week focuses national attention on the impact and power of volunteerism as an integral aspect of our civic leadership. The week
draws the support and endorsement of the President and congress, governors, mayors and municipal leaders, as well as corporate and community groups across the country.

About Global Youth Service Day
On April 22, 24-26 over 3,000 local children and youth will be volunteering in a variety of volunteer opportunities across Dane County in connection with Global Youth Service Day. The theme “One World, One Goal” symbolizes the impact our community’s youth want to make in our community and in our world. Local youth will be joining young people around the world in celebrating the 27th anniversary of Global Youth Service Day (GYSD). Studies have shown that volunteering in the early years helps instill the value of civic engagement and community involvement as a building block to life-long success. As the largest service event in the world, GYSD coincides with Earth Day and National Volunteer Week. GYSD is celebrated in more than 100 countries, and recognizes the positive impact that young people have on their communities 365 days a year. Organized by YSA (Youth Service America), a leader in the international youth service movement, Global Youth Service Day offers youth, ages 5 to 25, the resources and support to plan meaningful projects that improve their communities.

Get Involved
If you want to be involved in the volunteer movement or are looking for a way to give back this week, log onto and click on the VOLUNTEER button, or go to