Why a museum?
Service to others has always been and will always be at the core of the American spirit and character - but there is no nationally designated place to recognize and honor service in all its forms.
America needs a place in our nation's capital to tell the full story of service - a designated, signature building where we can join together, learn, set aside our differences and be inspired by the countless examples of everyday Americans giving of themselves for the greater good.
Value of America's volunteering in 2020
1 in 4
Americans volunteer; 3 in 5 help their neighbor
When Benjamin Franklin founded the first volunteer firehouse
Current estimated national value of each volunteer hour
Americans spend over 8 billion hours a year giving back - here are their stories
Chief Impact Officer
"Those living in poverty today are my teachers. They have taught me more about the strength of the human spirit than any classroom ever did."
Dr. Vinh Chung
"It was almost as if God was speaking to me at that moment when I was in Vietnam as if to say, ‘Vinh, have you done everything you can with what you have?'"
"Let’s be a country that’s empathetic. We know the problems facing this country. It's time to band together to be the solution."
"As an educator, teaching students and participating with students to help their community and beyond is an important part of our lives."
"We believe that servant leaders in every community have the power to lift those in need and create impact that ultimately improves the quality of life for everyone in the community. Sharing this spirit of volunteerism with other nations may be one of the greatest exports the United States has provided with the rest of the world."
— Stan D. Soderstrom, Executive Director, Kiwanis International