A 20-cent commemorative stamp recognizing the role volunteers play in the growth and development of the United States was issued April 20, 1983, in Washington, DC, during National Volunteer Week. The First Day of Issue ceremony was held at The White House.
More and more Americans give the gift of self each year. According to a survey by the Gallup Organization, in 1981 alone approximately 84 million Americans donated a significant portion of their time as volunteers. People volunteer for a variety of reasons. Some donate their time and energy to worthwhile causes and projects because they feel a need to help the less fortunate, others because they want to make a change in some aspect of society, and still others because they welcome the opportunity of being a contributing member of a group or a community.
The stamp was designed by Paul Calle of Stamford, Connecticut, and modeled by Esther Porter. It was printed in the intaglio process.
Postal Bulletin (March 31, 1983).