Did You Know?


Did You Know:

  • Massachusetts volunteers contributed more than 137.5 million documented service hours in 2011
  • Benjamin Franklin started the first volunteer Firefighting Company in 1736
  • The American Red Cross was established in 1881
  • The first volunteer center was established in 1919 in Minneapolis, MN
  • Soup kitchens were created in response to the Great Depression in the 1930’s
  • President John F. Kennedy created the Peace Corps in 1961
  • The AmeriCorps VISTA program was created in 1964 as part of the War on Poverty campaign
  • President George H.W. Bush made community service a national policy in his Points of Light speech in 1989
  • Boston Cares was founded in 1991 by 6 friends who wanted to make volunteering more accessible to the Boston Community
  • President Barack Obama expanded the nation’s commitment to volunteering & national service by signing the Serve America Act in 2009


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Sources: volunteeringamerica.gov, handsonnetwork.org