February 29, 2012
A slice of International Volunteer Day activities
On December 5th, volunteer organizations, government branches, corporate offices and individual volunteers around the world celebrated International Volunteer Day (IVD).
Established by the United Nations General Assembly in 1985, IVD is now marked by thousands of volunteers involved in a range initiatives, including clean-up campaigns, conferences, exhibitions, and morning teas all aimed at highlighting the role of volunteers in their communities. IVD showcases the contributions of volunteers at the local, national, and international levels.
The Volunteer and Service Enquiry Southern Africa launched a 2011 research report on International Voluntary Service (IVS). The study was supported by Trust Africa and looks at the experience of IVS from the perspective of European volunteers who have served in African countries, and host organisations and host communities in Mozambique and Tanzania.
In Central America, IAVE Panama held a "Leaders Meeting of Volunteers: Volunteers Transforming Panama" celebration at the Technological University of Panama.
In Australia, Volunteering VSA&NT launched a new partnership with Community CPS Australia, a local organisation that recognises the value volunteerism brings to the community. This was a first for Australia, as Community CPS will work with VSA&NT to promote volunteer roles to their 180,000+ members and their staff. The day also featured giveaways and volunteering festivities.
In Canada, Volunteer Canada co-hosted the Canadian launch of the United Nations "State of the World Volunteerism Report". The Volunteer Bureau of Montreal hosted an event to celebrate their 75th anniversary. The Volunteer Bureau of Montreal was founded in 1937, and was the first volunteer center established in Canada. GCVC coordinator Sarah Hayes was in Calgary to give a speech on corporate volunteering at Volutneer Calgary.
In the United States, at the United Nations General Assembly, Member States discussed volunteerism; and the United Nations Volunteers programme launched the first State of the World’s Volunteerism Report. At two side events with stakeholders, partnerships for volunteering, and advancing volunteering beyond 2011 were on the agenda. The day closed with the opening of a multimedia exhibition on ‘Volunteers of the World’.
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(Photo: AYAD Program)