Universally, people recognise the contribution of volunteers – in sport, health, emergency services, faith communities and the environmental lobby. In fact volunteers are involved in just about every aspect of service delivery in all walks of life.
However, volunteering does not succeed in a vacuum.
Behind these volunteers lies an equally dedicated group of individuals and agencies who are responsible for the coordination, support, training, administration and recruitment of the world's volunteers - skilled professionals who are adept at taking singular passion and turning it into effective action.
That is why we celebrate International Volunteer Managers Day (IVMDay) every year on 5 November.
It is important to let those professionals know that the spirit of volunteerism is enhanced and enabled by them – and to thank them.
Just as important is the opportunity to educate others about this important work, which is why we encourage the catch phrase “Education through Celebration” when we acknowledge IVMDay each year.
We urge you to mark your calendar and, whether you are an administrator, a volunteer, a community leader or someone who receives the benefit of volunteer help, to make sure the people who act as leaders and catalysts get the recognition they deserve!
This year’s theme will simply be “What’s Next?”.
The COVID-19 pandemic has created challenges on many levels, and those of us leading volunteer effort have found ourselves in positions we never imagined. It’s our hope that over the lead up to IVMDay 2020, we will continue to have time to reflect on the lessons, challenges and most importantly opportunities that confront us – and we hope that IVMDay 2020 will offer a focal point for volunteering leaders, the world over, to collaborate and consolidate the way forward.
You're invited to attend the Volunteer Manager Library, where we ask you to be both an open book and a curious reader.
Expect laughter, knowledge, ideas, new perspectives, and improved practice, as you take part in open, one on one conversations with your peers. You will be randomly allocated with four or more volunteer managers/ coordinators who you can take on loan (video chat with) for 20 minutes each.
These will be courageous, thought-provoking discussions where you can learn from each other professionally. Share your skills to help others. Seek advice to solve challenges you face in your role.
Held on International Volunteer Managers Day (Thurs 5 November, 10:30am - 12:30pm).