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September 2017

September 11th National Day of Service

September 11

The September 11th National Day of Service and Remembrance is the culmination of an effort originally launched in 2002 by 9/11 family members and support groups who worked to establish the charitable service day as a forward-looking way to honor the sacrifice of those who were lost and those who united in response to the tragedy. In 2009, Congress designated September 11 as a National Day of Service and Remembrance and charged the Corporation for National and Community Service (CNCS)…

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International Day of Peace

September 21

Each year the International Day of Peace is observed around the world on 21 September. The United National General Assembly has declared this as a day devoted to strengthening the ideals of peace, both within and among all nations and peoples. The 17 Sustainable Development Goals were unanimously adopted by the 193 Member States of the United Nations at an historic summit of the world’s leaders in New York in September 2015. The new ambitious 2030 agenda calls on countries…

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Green Apple Day of Service

September 23

The Green Apple Day of Service gives individuals, companies and organizations the opportunity to transform all our schools into healthy, safe, cost-efficient and productive learning places where students have clean and healthy air to breathe, where energy and resources are conserved, and where they can be inspired to dream of a brighter future. Anyone can create an event. It’s a quick and easy way to get other people involved in the things you care about.

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World Green Building Week

September 25 - October 1

World Green Building Week is the biggest and best opportunity each year for the World Green Building Council to shine the spotlight on our global movement and our collective mission – to create sustainable built environments. World Green Building Week started in 2009 to create a more connected, more interactive, more public conversation around the role buildings play in creating our sustainable future. By working together in the same week all over the world, our message is louder, demonstrates global…

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October 2017

International Day of the Girl Child

October 11

On the International Day of the Girl Child (October 11), stand with the global community to support girls’ progress everywhere. Let girls be girls. There are 1.1 billion girls today, a powerful constituency for shaping a sustainable world that’s better for everyone. They are brimming with talent and creativity. But their dreams and potential are often thwarted by discrimination, violence and lack of equal opportunities. There are glaring gaps in data and knowledge about the specific needs and challenges that…

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National Design Week

October 14 - 22

National Design Week celebrates the important role that design plays in all aspects of daily life. Launched in 2006, National Design Week is held each year in conjunction with the National Design Awards, Cooper Hewitt’s largest and most visible education initiative. During National Design Week, Cooper Hewitt’s award-winning Education Department hosts a series of free public programs based on the vision and work of the National Design Award honorees. National Design Week culminates with the National Design Awards Gala benefit…

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National Color Day

October 22

National Color Day, an unofficial U.S. holiday of unknown origin, is observed annually on October 22. This day was created as a day to learn how colors influence our mood, productivity and behavior in our everyday lives. It is hard to imagine a world without color, one that is all black, white and shades of gray, and how people are affected by different color stimuli varies from person to person. Color can carry specific meaning, and different colors are perceived…

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Make A Difference Day

October 28

On the fourth Saturday in October, millions of Americans unite to do good for others on Make A Difference Day. Created by USA WEEKEND Magazine, the day is a nationwide effort and recognize the everyday people whose contributions improve communities and better lives. For more than 20 years, USA WEEKEND Magazine, in collaboration with Points of Light, has facilitated Make A Difference Day, the largest national day of community service.

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National Cat Day

October 29

National Cat Day is the official branded holiday for cats to celebrate all the wonderful love they give and to encourage adoption globally. National Cat Day was founded by Celebrity Pet and Family Lifestyle Expert and author, Colleen Paige and is a celebration that takes place on October 29th every year in the United States.

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November 2017

America Recycles Day

November 15

America Recycles Day: One day to educate. One day to motivate. One day to make recycling bigger and better 365 days a year. Get Involved! America Recycles Day (ARD) is the only nationally recognized day dedicated to encouraging Americans to recycle and buy recycled products. ARD is celebrated annually on November 15.  Thousands of events are held across the U.S. to raise awareness about the importance of recycling and to encourage American to sign personal pledges to recycle and buy…

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Giving Tuesday

November 28

Giving Tuesday (#GivingTuesday) refers to the Tuesday after U.S. Thanksgiving. Giving Tuesday is a movement to create a national day of giving to kick off the giving season and was started in 2012 by the 92nd Street Y and the United Nations Foundation as a response to commercialization and consumerism in the post-Thanksgiving season (Black Friday and Cyber Monday).

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December 2017

International Day of People with Disability

December 3

International Day of People with Disability (December 3) is an international observance promoted by the United Nations since 1992. The observance of the Day aims to promote an understanding of disability issues and mobilize support for the dignity, rights and well-being of persons with disabilities. It also seeks to increase awareness of gains to be derived from the integration of persons with disabilities in every aspect of political, social, economic and cultural life. Each year the day focuses on a…

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International Volunteer Day

December 5

International Volunteer Day is a chance for volunteer-involving organizations and individual volunteers to promote their contributions to development at local, national and international levels. By merging UN support with a grassroots mandate, IVD is a unique opportunity for volunteer-involving organizations to work with government agencies, non-profit organizations, community groups and the private sector. International Volunteer Day was established by the United Nations General Assembly through Resolution 40/212 on 17 December 1985. Since then, governments, the UN system and civil society…

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