National Volunteer Week (NVW) is Australia’s largest annual celebration of volunteering and will be held on 16-22 May 2022. Volunteering is widespread and diverse with millions of people volunteering every year to support communities across the country. Join us as we celebrate and recognise the vital work of volunteers and say thank you. Join Volunteering Australia as we acknowledge that we are Better Together, as we unite to celebrate volunteering this National Volunteer Week.
Together with Volunteering Australia the national peak body for volunteering, Volunteering Queensland is the lead state agency for National Volunteer Week and we are passionate about volunteering and its power to support communities and improve our health and wellbeing.
This year's theme for National Volunteer Week 2022 is Better Together.
Volunteering brings people together; it builds communities and creates a better society for everyone. Together, through Volunteering, we are changing communities for the better. We are, Better Together.
The Wave Your Appreciation campaign is back! How will you Wave Your Appreciation for Volunteers?
You are invited to put your hand up and thank the millions of volunteers around Australia.
You can wave your appreciation for volunteers by adding a smiley face on your hand and uploading a photo to social media with #WaveForVolunteers and #NVW2022.
We will be featuring your waves throughout National Volunteer Week.
We are seeking expressions of interest from volunteers, volunteer involving organisations and corporate volunteer program managers to participate in our Volunteering - Share Your Story an initiative we will be launching during National Volunteer Week 16 – 22 May 2022
The Volunteering - Share Your Story initiative invites you to register to be one of our highlighted volunteering stories. The stories will be shared through our communication channels including our website, social media channels, newsletters, as well as in promotional materials. We will create case studies, motivational messages, and videos.
National Volunteer Week resources are now available. Resources will include posters and social media tiles, logos, certificates, invitations, and more. Be sure to check this page regularly as we add resources to celebrate National Volunteer Week.
These resources have been developed for all supporters of volunteering to share across their social media platforms, as well as to print, display and share.
We encourage you to post and share across your networks to thank your volunteers for their gracious service.
Sharing and acknowledging the outstanding work of our volunteers is a great way to encourage others to get involved.
The Volunteering Australia Shop is open. Say thank you to your volunteers with high quality, volunteer-specific gifts, while supporting Volunteering Australia in advocating for the volunteering sector in Australia.
2022 volunteer pins will be available in the new year. The shop is currently selling 2021 volunteer pins, thank you pens and more. Visit the Volunteering Australia store.
- Host an event to thank and celebrate your volunteers - REGISTER YOUR EVENT with us and we will promote your good work.
- Download RESOURCES which cover how your organisation can embrace technology to participate this year.
- Share stories of inspiring volunteers on social media using the hashtag #NVW2022
- Email and share PROMOTIONAL MATERIALS
- Order NVW PINS AND MERCHANDISE that you can mail to your volunteers.
- Attend Volunteering Queensland EVENTS
- Encourage your family, friends, neighbours and colleagues to VOLUNTEER
- Download our 101 Ways to Recognise Volunteers document for more ideas.
National Volunteer Week - Previous Years
National Volunteer Week 2021 (NVW2021) celebrated the invaluable contribution of the volunteering community across Australia.
Volunteering Queensland, alongside Volunteering Australia and the other state peak bodies lead the nation in celebrating the important work of volunteers across the country.
Following from events of 2020 which saw a huge shift in the sector and many pertinent events cancelled, NVW2021 a celebration was one to remember.
May 17 – 23, 2021 paid homage to over 3 million Queenslanders who volunteered 900 million hours of their time, making an extraordinary impact on individuals, communities and the environment around us.
The week played host to a number of key events and program launches.
Volunteers make a world of difference, contributing to all facets of the economic, social, cultural and environmental well-being of Queensland. National Volunteer Week is the premier event which recognised and honoured the essential and valuable work of volunteers and the volunteer-involving organisations that engage them to support the achievement of their purpose and mission.
The week played host to a number of key events and program launches:
- Launch of the State of Volunteering in Queensland Report 2021
- Queensland Lights up
- Queensland Volunteering Awards
- Homeless Connect
The Queensland Volunteer Awards celebrated on Friday, 21 May 2021, honoured outstanding volunteers, volunteer managers and volunteering programs across our state.