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Volunteer for a Day of Service: give back throughout the year

A Day of Service

is a set time when volunteers are encouraged to participate with nonprofit agencies and service opportunities, events, or activities. Days of Service help to raise awareness, mobilize volunteers, and provide individuals with an opportunity to engage and build new connections, and help nonprofits find support for their programs. They can also coincide with other national holidays or recognized events. On these days, CVNL coordinates with 3-4 organizations to produce volunteer projects throughout Marin and Napa Counties. CVNL invites you to partner with us to celebrate these Days of Service!

2017
Martin Luther King, Jr. Day of Service, Monday, January 16
Cesar Chavez Day, Friday, March 31
Global Youth Service Day, April 21-23
Earth Day, Saturday, April 22
National Volunteer Week, April 23-29
National Preparedness Month, September
September 11th National Day of Service and Remembrance, Monday, Sept. 11
Coastal Cleanup Day, Saturday, September 16
Make a Difference Day, Saturday, October 28
Family Volunteer Day, Saturday, November 18
Holiday Gifts of Love, TBD (Late Nov. to End of Dec.)
Holiday Assistance Program, TBD (Mid/Late Dec.)

Causes & Interest Areas
There are a wide range of causes and interest areas Days of Service cover including: health, family and human services, civic and community service, housing and shelter, youth development, older adults and aging, animal related, environmental protection, and many others. 

Days of Service Projects
Each volunteer-led project is designed to mobilize individuals, families, and service groups in order to meet vital needs in the community.

  • Days of Service Partners are provided a CVNL Project Leader, strategies, and tools to strengthen their volunteer engagement
  • Volunteers are connected to easy-access, hands-on, direct service activities that are typically done-in-a-day projects lasting 1-3 hours
  • Projects occur at least 3 days leading up to it, on the day of service or the day after
  • Passionate individuals are offered the opportunity to lead a group of 5-10 volunteers

Days of Service Groups and Volunteers
Are you looking for a quick and easy way to get engaged in community service? Days of Service Projects are designed to make volunteering easy — a convenient way for families, students, court-appointed volunteers, and anyone with a few extra hours to give back and make a difference in our communities.

  • Opportunities do not require ongoing commitment
  • No previous experience, training or skills required
  • Volunteer hours can be used to fulfill community service requirements for court or school

Days of Service Partners
Do you ever wish you could have a group of volunteers show up once or twice a year to pull weeds, serve food, lead games, and complete all of those little tasks that help make your organization thrive? Businesses, agencies and nonprofits like you become Days of Service Partners to leverage CVNL’s expertise to design effective projects, recruit volunteers, and manage the process. Steps/qualifications for becoming a Days of Service Partner:

  • Be a CVNL Member (this is one of several high-value benefits)
  • Be affiliated with a 501 (c) organization, school or other public group
  • Support a population, cause, or interest area
  • Have an identified staff member to support on-site objectives

Do you have an idea for a Days of Service Project that would benefit your organization? Please request a Days of Service Project proposal form: for Marin email Melissa Cruz at mcruz@cvnl.org; and for Napa email Jim Tomlinson at jtomlinson@cvnl.org

CVNL Project Leaders
Are you passionate about community service? Take your volunteering to the next level and become a Project Leader with CVNL. Project Leaders work closely with CVNL staff to create and sustain recurring community service projects that meet the critical educational, environmental, and human services needs in Marin and Napa counties. Project Leaders communicate with volunteers before and after projects, oversee on-site activities and track hours and attendance. Whether you’re finishing up high school or recently retired, as a CVNL Project Leader, you’ll have the opportunity to learn more about the local nonprofit landscape, meet new and interesting people in the community and be a part of positive change! Are you ready to lead? Our volunteer Project Leaders work with CVNL and Days of Service Partners to create and sustain 1-2 ongoing Days of Service Projects. Project Leaders receive project management, nonprofit and volunteer supervision training. Project Leaders:

  • Communicate with volunteers before and after projects
  • Oversee on-site activities and recognition
  • Track volunteer attendance, hours and volunteer impact

If you are interested in becoming a Project Leader, please contact Melissa Cruz at mcruz@cvnl.org.

Explore Days of Service Projects and other volunteer opportunities now:

Go to the CVNL Volunteer Portal

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