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National Days of Service

Through Volunteer Generation Grant funds, the Massachusetts Service Alliance provides organizations with mini-grants to support projects that address a specific community need and engage a diverse group of volunteers. The service project mini-grants are in conjunction with two National Days of Service: MLK Day of Service in January and National Volunteer Week in April. 


The MLK RFP is generally released in late August/early September and the National Volunteer Week RFP is released in December/January. Once the RFPs are released, they will be posted on this page. In addition, please sign up for updates below to receive the RFP announcement via email.


For more information, contact Shana Lothrop, Program Officer for Volunteer Initiatives, at slothrop@mass-service.org or (617) 542-2544 x214.


National Volunteer Week: April 23-29, 2017

National Volunteer Week is about inspiring, recognizing and encouraging people to seek out ways to engage in their communities. It’s about demonstrating to the nation that by working together, we have the fortitude to meet our challenges and accomplish our goals. National Volunteer Week embodies the energy and power volunteers evoke on a daily basis as they lead by example—not only encouraging the people they help, but motivating others to serve as well.


2017 National Volunteer Week Partners

Boston Cares

Charles River Watershed Association

Community Farms Outreach

Growing Places

Loaves & Fishes Food Pantry, Inc.

Mill City Grows

New England Aquarium

Office of Neighborhood Services - Boston City Hall

Project Citizenship

Rebuilding Together Worcester

Springfield Partners for Community Actions

United Way of Central Massachusetts

United Way of Pioneer Valley

University of Massachusetts Dartmouth

Working for Worcester


Martin Luther King, Jr. Day of Service

Initiated by Congress in 1994, the Martin Luther King Jr. Day of Service is a nationwide effort to transform the federal holiday into a day of community service in order to empower individuals, strengthen communities, bridge barriers, create solutions to social problems, and move us closer to Dr. King’s vision of a beloved community. Visit MLKDay.Gov to learn more about MLK Day nationally.


MSA is focusing its efforts on strengthening this service day, and encourages all individuals and organizations in every region of Massachusetts to commit to addressing serious needs on this day and throughout the year. 


Through support received through the Volunteer Generation Fund, MSA provides mini-grants to organizations to engage volunteers in meaningful service to honor Dr. King. 


AmeriCorps Week

AmeriCorps Week is a recruitment and recognition event designed to bring more Americans into service, salute AmeriCorps members and alums for their powerful impact, and thank the community partners who make AmeriCorps possible. AmeriCorps Week provides an opportunity for AmeriCorps members, alums, grantees, program partners, and friends to shine a spotlight on the work done by members in communities across the country -- and to motivate more individuals to join AmeriCorps or volunteer in their communities.