How do you do the most good?

Jasper Nephew of Owl City serving meals and doing the most good at The Salvation Army in Dallas during the 2012 Rock the Red Kettle Concert Tour.

The ancient Greek playwright, Sophocles once said, “To be doing good deeds is man’s most glorious task.”

We tend to think that “doing good” requires long hours of community service, but giving back can be as simple as holding the door for someone, writing a thoughtful note to a homebound senior citizen, baking a sweet treat for an afterschool daycare, or donating your old clothes and furniture to local families in need. There are many unique ways of showing love and service to your fellow community members in need.

There’s no better time to spring to action and seek out imaginative ways to engage in your community than during National Volunteer Week, coming up April 21-27. This week of recognition embodies the energy and influence volunteers evoke on a daily basis as they lead by example – not only encouraging the people they help, but motivating others to serve as well.

As we recognize National Volunteer Week and celebrate the important work that our volunteers contribute each and every day, we want to know:

“How do you do the most good?”

We’d like to hear how you volunteer and help your communities as a way to inspire and mobilize others to take action! Here’s how to participate: 

1. Until May 10, upload a photo or video of yourself serving and / or describing how you give back on:

2. Make sure to tag all images with #IDTMG so that we can reshare your photos and videos to our fans and followers during National Salvation Army Week (NSAW), celebrated this year on May 13-17.

So get out there and volunteer – we look forward to hearing from you!

Need inspiration for ways to give back? Visit for volunteer ideas.