Minneapolis—April 19, 2010—Since 1970, Walden University students, faculty, staff and alumni have been guided by the belief that they can personally effect positive social change across communities, countries and continents. This year, the university is encouraging participation in National Volunteer Week (April 18–24, 2010) by using the new Walden Service Network, an online resource for the Walden community to find volunteer opportunities, recruit volunteers for community service events and record their volunteer hours.

Many members of the Walden community already give generously of their time and abilities throughout the year as part of their personal volunteer efforts. The Walden Service Network provides greater visibility for the remarkable volunteer work already being done and encourages more volunteer activities throughout the year. Volunteers may search the network for opportunities based on location, social group and issue.

The Walden Service Network can also be used as a volunteer recruiting resource for members of the Walden community who work for nonprofit agencies, schools, faith-based organizations and other neighborhood or community associations. Projects already featured in the network include tutoring at local schools, helping out at food banks and participating in neighborhood beautification projects.

Registering for the Walden Service Network is easy, free and available to anyone interested. Visit www.WaldenU.edu/servicenetwork to get started.

Established in 1974, National Volunteer Week seeks to inspire, recognize and encourage people to seek out imaginative ways to become engaged in their communities. According to the nonprofit organization Points of Light Institute, which helps promote National Volunteer Week, 23 million more Americans were volunteering in 2008 than in 1989. This year’s campaign seeks to mobilize 500,000 volunteers.

For more information, go to www.WaldenU.edu.

About Walden University
For 40 years, Walden University has supported working professionals in achieving their academic goals and making a greater impact in their professions and their communities. Today, more than 40,500 students from all 50 states and more than 100 countries are pursuing their bachelor’s, master’s or doctoral degrees at Walden. The university provides students with an engaging educational experience that connects them with expert faculty and peers around the world. Walden is the flagship online university in the Laureate International Universities network—a global network of more than 50 online and campus-based universities in 21 countries.

Walden offers more than 40 degree programs with more than 180 specializations and concentrations. Areas of study include health sciences, counseling, human services, management, psychology, education, public health, nursing, public administration, technology and engineering. For more information, visit www.WaldenU.edu. Walden University is accredited by The Higher Learning Commission and a member of the North Central Association, www.hlcommission.org.

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