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International Volunteer Managers Day (5 November 2014)

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 this army of volunteers lies an equally dedicated group of individuals and agencies who are reponsible 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 Manager Appreciation Day every year on November 1.

It is important to let those professionals know that the spirit of volunteerism is enhanced and enabled by them, and to thank them. 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! Recognition for those who lead your volunteers While the spotlight is often pointed towards the amazing achievements of volunteers around the world, the efforts of those who work so tirelessly in the background - to capably lead and equip volunteers - is all too often overlooked International Volunteer Managers Day (IVMDay) whic is to be celebrated on November 5, is the ideal opportunity to acknowledge and recognise the important work undertaken by those who lead volunteer effort and create environments in which volunteers and volunteering can flourish.


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International Volunteer Day (5 December 2015)

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International Volunteer Day (December 5th each year) was created to acknowledge and show appreciation to all those people who dedicate their much needed time and skills to the many community organisations across the world.

Why recognise volunteers?
Volunteers should be acknowledged for the important contribution they make to the community. Many not-for-profit organisations would find it impossible to carry out their work without volunteers. Recognition lets volunteers know that others appreciate what they do. It gives them a feeling of accomplishment and motivates them to continue volunteering.

International Volunteer Day is the perfect time for an organisation to express gratitude to its volunteers. Designed to thank volunteers and stimulate a greater awareness of their contribution, IVD is already marked in more than half the countries of the world. Become part of a global movement to honour volunteers and the amazing work they do. 

When should volunteers be recognised?
Timing is important when recognising volunteers and it is nice to acknowledge contributions throughout the year, and not just on one day! Giving a small thank you regularly can add up and mean more to a volunteer than one huge thank you at the end of a long project or once a year.

How to recognise volunteers
Recognising volunteers is as simple as showing them your appreciation on a day-to-day basis. A regular and sincere thank you is still the best way to build a good recognition program. This kind of recognition is really powerful, as praising work at the time it takes place and treating volunteers as important members of the team gives them a real sense of achievement and enhances the personal satisfaction they get from volunteering.

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Recognition can take many forms and one of the most important aspects is to understand what kind of recognition volunteers value individually. Some volunteers love the big yearly event, while others find it embarrasing, or don't care for it at all. Try and vary the ways you give recognition with lots of small acknowledgements regularly and the occasional big celebration. It is a good idea to keep track of any cards, certificates or presents given out in the past, so that the same thing doesn’t get given twice. Things like birthday, anniversary and 'life event' cards personally written and signed can mean so much and cost very little.

You can download our 101 ways to recognise volunteers factsheet for more ideas and resources

International Volunteer Day is a chance for individual volunteers, communities and organisations to promote their contributions to development at the local, national and international levels.  By combining UN support with a grassroots mandate, International Volunteer Day is a unique opportunity for people and volunteer-involving organisations to work with government agencies, non-profit institutions, community groups, academia and the private sector. 

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Volunteer Ireland Awards (5 December 2014)

The Search is on to find Ireland’s ‘Outstanding Volunteers’ The Volunteer Ireland Awards are the major annual initiative to celebrate volunteering in Ireland and are coordinated by Volunteer Ireland and supported by Panadol.

Now in its fifth year, the Awards aim to celebrate and recognise the thousands of remarkable people across the country who selflessly give their time and talent to benefit others and their communities. Nominate a volunteer you know! Do you know someone who gives selflessly gives their time and energy to benefit others?

Nominate a volunteer you know by filling out an online nomination form. There are 10 categories Awards categories, these are: Arts, Culture and Media, Animals and Environment, Campaigning and Awareness Raising, Community, Children and Youth, Education and Training, Health and Disability, International Development, Social Work, Sports and Recreation.

Category winners and an overall winner are decided at a special gala Awards ceremony in December.

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