nvm IMAGEHere at Repair the World, we’re pretty psyched about National Volunteer Month. We’re  talking about a month-long celebration of service and helping others here – how could we not be excited?! If you have ever seen the “put a bird on it” Portlandia sketch, that’s kinda how we feel. About service.

We also believe in not simply serving, but in serving well and making a meaningful difference with our volunteering. Everyone has a limited number of hours to serve, so when we do volunteer it should really count. That’s why, all month long, we’ll be offering stories, fun opportunities and words of wisdom to help you serve at all different levels and in all different ways. During the month, we’ll also highlight great organizations and causes to get involved with.

Of course, service is important every month of the year. Someday soon we’ll hopefully be able to claim every month as national volunteer month. When that happens, lending a hand in our communities will feel as simple, obvious, and necessary as breathing. Until then, let’s focus on making April our best month of service yet.

Have 5 minutes? A week? A year? We think that’s great – and are committed to helping you make the most of it. Check back every week for new ideas. And help us spread the volunteer love by sharing your own brainstorms, events, opportunities and tips for meaningful service. (Tweet your ideas to @repairtheworld #NationalVolunteerMonth)

So get ready to put a bird hand on it, and celebrate National Volunteer Month with Repair the World!

(And if you haven’t already, check out our photo contest here – where a simple snapshot can do a bunch of good, and get you some cool Repair swag)

Here are the great ways we’re already celebrating National Volunteer Month:

J-Serve Interview: Benji Fages

10 Things Every Volunteer Should Know

Take GOOD’s Service Pledge 

Pro Bono Volunteering

The DoSomething Awards

J-Serve Interview: Seth Betman

The National Volunteer Month Photo Contest!

The Alternative Break Photo Diary