Umbrella bodies the NCVO and Navca and the charities CSV and Volunteering England have joined the TUC to call for the introduction of a day to celebrate community involvement.
They chose Monday this week - the date on which the bank holiday would have fallen this year - to step up their campaign by adding interactive features onto their website communityday.org. Visitors can post suggestions on what they would like to do on their new bank holiday and email MPs to seek their support.
"Politicians are always waxing lyrical about the contribution that voluntary groups make to society," said Brendan Barber, general secretary of the TUC. "So why not recognise their work by backing the campaign?"