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President Richard Nixon established National Volunteer Week with an executive order in 1974, as a way to recognize and celebrate the efforts of volunteers. Every sitting U.S. president since then has issued a proclamation during National Volunteer Week (as have many U.S. mayors and governors).

Since then, the original emphasis on celebration has widened; the week has become a nationwide effort to urge people to get out and volunteer in their communities. Besides the benefits to society, scientific studies have shown that individuals who volunteer enjoy psychological and physical benefits, including increased satisfaction, improved sense of belonging, lower blood pressure, increased protection from Alzheimer's and decreased mortality.

Join your peers nationwide during the 2017 National Volunteer Week, April 23-29, in celebrating and recognizing volunteers' efforts. Find out more about how you can become a volunteer below.

Community Emergency Response Teams (CERT)
Get CERT trained in basic disaster response skills, such as fire safety, light search and rescue, team organization and disaster medical operations.

Veterans Active In Citizens Corps
Find veteran volunteer opportunities through Veterans Active in Citizens Corps.

American Red Cross
Get trained in CPR and basic first aid and volunteer to help mass care and sheltering operations at your local American Red Cross Chapter.

Medical Reserve Corps
Get trained and volunteer with Medical Reserve Corps to provide support during a public health emergency.

Neighborhood Watch & Volunteers In Police Service
Support community safety and security by getting trained and involved in Neighborhood Watch and Volunteers in Police Service.

Voluntary Organizations Active In Disaster (VOAD)
Find a volunteer opportunity with a Voluntary Organizations Active in Disaster (VOAD).

Fire Corps
Volunteer to support local fire departments through Fire Corps.

Civil Air Patrol
Civil Air Patrol recruits volunteers through local squadrons that support aerospace education, cadet programs and emergency services.  This air auxiliary has been supporting missions since the 1940’s.

American Radio Relay League
American Radio Relay League supports the advancement of Amateur Radio Service and trains individuals interested in learning the skill of operating ham radios.

Meals On Wheels Association Of America
Meals on Wheels Association of America and the MOWAA volunteers provide meals and essential disaster preparedness information to over one million seniors in the U.S. each day.

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April 27, 2017 (Illinois)
Sheriff's Deputies Storm Supermax Division When Inmates Attack Guards
COOK COUNTY, IL -- The Cook County Sheriff is seeking attempted murder charges on three maximum security inmates who attacked two correctional deputies with their fists at Cook County Jail. Both officers were sent to the hospital with serious injuries. The attacked unfolded around 8:30 p.m. Wednesday. According to Sheriff Tom Dart, three detainees repeatedly punched the two deputies in a housing tier in the notorious Division 9 super maximum facility. One deputy suffered a fractured orbital and the other was knocked unconscious and kept overnight for observation. Two of the detainees under investigation in Wednesday’s attack, 19-year-old David Bush and 20-year-old Taiwan McNeal, are currently being held on attempted murder charges. Both have been accused of shooting an off-duty Oak Park police officer in 2015, the sheriff’s office said in a news release. The sheriff is working with the Cook County State’s Attorney to seek attempted murder charges against the three inmates allegedly involved in attacking the correctional deputies. The investigation is ongoing. The attack follows on the heels of a jailhouse fire that injured four correctional officers earlier this month, after some inmates set fire to their jail uniforms using a wick made in a microwave oven.  

April 28, 2017 (National)
Giant Recalls Jalapeno-Flavored Lay's Chips
PHILADELPHIA (WTXF) - Giants and Martin's food stores issued a recall for a popular potato chip snack on Saturday. The Lay's Kettle Cooked jalapeno-flavored potato chips were taken off shelves for possible Salmonella contamination in the jalapeno seasoning. The recall includes the Frito Lay 2 Go Bold Mix, Lays Kettle Cooked Variety Pack, and the Lays Kettle Cooked Potato Chips Jalapeno. According to the food store spokesperson, no illnesses have been reported yet.

April 27, 2017 (National)
Company Recalls Organic Dog Food That May Contain Euthanasia Drug
An organic pet food company was forced to issue a recall after samples of its product tested positive for a drug commonly used for euthanasia. The recall affects Party Animal’s Cocolicious Beef & Turkey dog food as well as its Cocolicious Chicken & Beef dog food. A statement on the Food and Drug Administration’s website said the company was notified after a customer in Texas presented samples to a testing lab that came back positive for pentobarbital. Exposure to pentobarbital, a barbiturate, could prove fatal for a pet. It is routinely used by veterinarians for the euthanasia of dogs, cats and horses. The post on the FDA’s website said the beef and turkey variety can be identified by product number 0136E15204 04 with a best by date of July 2019, and the chicken and beef variety is labeled with a 0134E15237 13 product number and has a best by date of August 2019.   The products are sold in 13-ounce cans and were distributed nationwide. 

23-29 April: National Volunteer Week

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