National Volunteer Week

National Volunteer Week

April 24-30, 2022

April 24-30, 2022

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Last Updated: April 19, 2022

Remember to tag @VolunteerTO on social media during National Volunteer Week and we'll respond!

Plan To Recognize Volunteers in Your Network

National Volunteer Week is an opportunity to thank volunteers for their resiliency and commitment.
Volunteer recognition improves retention, inspires others, and strengthens community connections.

Access LearnVT.ca for a Free Webinar on Volunteer Recognition

Virtual Game forVolunteer Parties

Key Considerations: Collecting & SharingVolunteer Stories 

Have you and your volunteers played our popular virtual game, BRINGO, yet? Use BRINGO to facilitate community-—and fun—during a virtual National Volunteer Week party! 

By featuring volunteer stories you recognize their importance in achieving your mission. Learn key considerations when capturing volunteer stories in preparation for National Volunteer Week.

Learn why redeployment, ongoing communication, and managing burnout are key to supervising volunteers during the pandemic.

Join the City-Wide Campaign to Celebrate Toronto's 1.6 Million Volunteers

Every April, Volunteer Toronto is proud to celebrate our city's 1.6 million volunteers.

Toronto is a city of volunteers. A city of helpers. It's who we are.

CN Tower Lights Up for Volunteers

Digital Kick-Off

Free Pizza for Volunteers

On Sunday, April 24th and Monday, April 25th, Toronto's non-profits are rallying to kick off National Volunteer Week. Share a message, video, or impact statement about volunteers on social media to kick-off alongside Volunteer Toronto! 

On Sunday, April 24th look to Toronto's skyline for the CN Tower's orange and blue light show in celebration of National Volunteer Week! Stroll by Nathan Phillips Square on April 25th to also catch the Toronto sign lit up for volunteers!

Volunteer Toronto is repeating the success of our "Thank a Volunteer You Know" Instagram post on Wednesday, April 27th. Tag a volunteer in the comments of @VolunteerToronto's post on this day, and the first 100 tagged volunteers will be sent a $10 gift card for Pizza Pizza.

Make Space to Learn About Volunteerism

While volunteerism is front of mind, take the time to think about volunteerism and its role in our society. Volunteer Toronto is thinking about the national theme: Empathy in Action, and invites you to join a special event to launch our new peer-to-peer learning space.

Blog: Empathy Vs. Sympathy in Volunteerism

Volunteer Lab: Launch Panel Event

Blog: 10 Ways to Put Empathy into Action

There are an endless number of steps we can take to incorporate empathy into our daily lives to effect change. To cover just the surface, our Volunteer Copywriter, Roop Bajwa, shares 10 Ways to Put Empathy into Action! 

The Volunteer Lab is made by community for community. It's a new peer-to-peer digital learning space for non-profit staff, volunteer managers and people with diverse lived-experiences interested in forward-thinking community building. Celebrate the launch of the Volunteer Lab by joining a panel conversation with the platform's inaugural course Instructors. 

In this blog, we explore the differences between empathy and sympathy in volunteerism. How does sympathy lead to harm? What is white saviourism and how can we shift towards empathetic community building? 

Empathy In Action

National Theme

The National Volunteer Week theme for 2022, Volunteering Is Empathy In Action, affirms the strong connection between volunteerism and empathy. This profoundly human connection is at the heart of healthier individuals and stronger communities.


Empathy is a quality that can help people relate to others and build awareness around different experiences. It connects people in ideas and actions and helps create bonds forged in common goals and aspirations. 


Campaign Hashtags

#NVW2022 #EmpathyInAction #VolunteersBringHeart


Remember to Tag @VolunteerTO

If you are celebrating National Volunteer Week in Toronto, tag Volunteer Toronto on social media and we'll respond! 



Remember to tag @VolunteerTO on social media during National Volunteer Week and we'll respond!