Homes For Our Troops celebrates National Volunteer Week

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National Volunteer Week, celebrated annually during the third week of April, is an opportunity to recognize the impact of volunteer service and honor those who lend their time and effort to serve their communities.

Celebrated this year from April 21-27, the week-long initiative aims to inspire all Americans to seek volunteer opportunities and pledge to make service a part of their lives.

Homes For Our Troops holds three events designed to celebrate the home-build project, raise visibility, and engage and educate the community.

We encourage you to make a difference in your community and show your support for our nation’s severely injured post-9/11 Veterans by volunteering at a build event. These events are easy to attend and require only a few hours of your weekend. Bring your family, friends, and kids—all ages are welcome!


The Community Kickoff (CKO) launches the start of the home-building process and welcomes the Veteran and his/her family to the community. The CKO is typically hosted at a local venue, such as a community center. Volunteer to assist in registering attendees, and setting up and breaking down event items such as chairs, tables, tents, and decorations.


The Volunteer Day (VD) ensures the landscaping looks as beautiful as the home. The VD marks a pivotal time in the home completion process and is located at the home build site. Volunteer to assist in laying sod for the lawn, mulching beds, preparing and planting shrubs, and registering attendees.


The Key Ceremony (KC) celebrates when the specially adapted custom home is officially move-in ready. Homes For Our Troops presents the Veteran and his/her family with the keys to the home. Tour the home to see the 40+ major special adaptations providing full accessibility for the Veteran. Volunteer to assist in registering attendees, setting up and breaking down event items, or picking up supplies. Volunteers can also offer their talents to sing the national anthem or to photograph events.

We would love to see you at a build event. Find out if there is one near you by viewing our Event Calendar.

Want to increase your volunteer impact? Ask your employer to sponsor the purchases of water or other necessities for the event. Every little bit helps! Additionally, many corporations match employee donations (or the tax-deductible component of your membership) to our organization. If you volunteer with us, your employer may also provide HFOT with a grant as a way to recognize your ongoing support. Find out if your employer has a volunteer grant program.