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Governor’s Conference on Volunteerism
In partnership with the Governor’s office, Volunteer NH hosts the annual Governor’s Conference on Volunteerism. The purpose of the conference is to educate, enhance skills and provide professional development that will support and strengthen New Hampshire’s volunteer programs and organizations.
Spirit of NH Awards are given each year to recognize individuals, groups, nonprofits, businesses, and educational institutions that volunteer and promote volunteerism throughout the Granite State. In a typical year, hundreds of people gather to honor those who have gone above and beyond the call to serve, and to be inspired by their stories. The 2020 event will take place virtually, but we are excited to celebrate service in new and creative ways!
National Service Events
There are three annual events that AmeriCorps recognizes as service days: Martin Luther King Jr. Day of Service (January), AmeriCorps Week (March), and September 11th National Day of Service and Remembrance (September). Each of these events is a unique opportunity for AmeriCorps members to strengthen cross-program camaraderie, interact with community members, and serve New Hampshire in new ways.
MLK Jr. Day
AmeriCorps members serving all over the state come together to celebrate Dr. King’s vision of a “Beloved Community.” The MLK Day of Service promotes individual empowerment, strengthening communities, bridging barriers, and creating solutions to social problems. To that end, members engage in volunteer projects and diversity workshops.
AmeriCorps Week is a time dedicated to highlighting the programs and organizations that make this national service initiative possible, along with the members who have pledged to “Get Things Done” since AmeriCorps was launched in 1994. New Hampshire’s AmeriCorps members complete volunteer projects in their communities and come together for an afternoon at the State House. The members learn about New Hampshire’s governing systems and then join the Governor and other local leaders in the House Chambers to share stories of the impact that service has on individuals and communities.
9/11 Day of Service
September 11th is a National Day of Service and Remembrance, as designated by Congress in 2009 and held up by the CNCS ever since. National Service members participate in community service as a forward-looking tribute to the 9/11 victims, survivors, and those who rose up in service in response to the attacks. The National Day of Service and Remembrance coincides with the Granite United Way Day of Caring campaign, which aims to mobilize the caring power of people in our community. Volunteer NH is a partner to Granite United Way, and helps to engage people in the event using Get Connected website that is a joint project between our two organizations.