From everyone here at MVD Express, to all the volunteers doing great work around New Mexico: YOU ROCK!

Seriously. Keep up the amazing work that you do for our community every day. Without people like you, who give up your time for a cause you are passionate about, New Mexico wouldn’t be as amazing as it is right now. This week, starting April 6th, is Volunteer Recognition Week. And we wanted to take the time to let you know how grateful we are that you’re involved in our community!

The History of Volunteer Recognition Week

In 1974, President Richard Nixon issued an executive order proclaiming the second week in April as National Volunteer Recognition Week. Since then, every president has made the same proclamation in the second week of April, honoring the nation’s volunteers and the good work they do for our communities.

Through efforts, such as Volunteer Recognition Week, the number of people active in volunteer work has increased. According to the Hands-On Network, 23 million more people volunteered in some way in 2008 than they did in 1989. They also report that youth involvement has seen similar improvements over the years.

Give Back to Your Community

Giving back doesn’t have to cost you more than a few hours of your time. If you’re interested in volunteering in your community, but haven’t had a chance to yet, don’t worry! There are so many volunteer opportunities that are available to you throughout the year. Pick a cause that you’re passionate about and research the volunteer positions they have available. You might be surprised to find that many organizations have a variety of opportunities for people of varying interests. Give back to your community by getting involved today!