On Monday, December 5, 2011, people from all around the world will unite to celebrate International Volunteer Day (IVD). There are many ways for you, your family and your friends to celebrate and support International Volunteer Day.
Ways to celebrate International Volunteer Day:
1. THANK A VOLUNTEER.
With over 12.5 million Canadians and 1.4 million Albertans who volunteer, chances are, you are directly impacted by the work of a volunteer or you know a person who volunteers. Write a “thank you” note, send an email, shake their hands, take them out to lunch, buy them coffee. Whatever you choose to do, it is important to let volunteers know that their work is highly valued. It’s the least you can do to support these local heroes.
At Volunteer Calgary, we have fabulous and dedicated volunteers who help us work toward our mission of promoting, connecting, leading and strengthening volunteerism.
We want to take this opportunity to say...
2. RECOGNIZE A VOLUNTEER.
If you know a volunteer who has made a tremendous positive impact on the community or the lives of others, let everyone else know. Share their inspiring story with others by contacting media or by nominating them for an award.
Nominate a local volunteer for one of Volunteer Calgary’s Leadership Awards, the city’s premier volunteer recognition event. Nominations are year-round. To nominate a volunteer visit, www.volunteercalgary.ab.ca/leadershipawards.
3. BECOME A VOLUNTEER.
The best form of appreciation is emulation! One of the best ways to participate in International Volunteer Day is by embarking in your own volunteer work. Most non-profit organizations that work to provide essential services to the community can benefit from your support. Grab your friends and family and start volunteering. To find volunteer opportunities, visit www.volunteercalgary.ab.ca
4. INSPIRE OTHERS TO VOLUNTEER.
If you are a volunteer, share your story with your friends, family and co-workers. Talk about what you do, create awareness for the cause you are working toward, promote the non-profit organization you are helping, help recruit more volunteers. Be a shining example and advocate of volunteerism and inspire them to do the same!
An easy way to spread the word about volunteering is by telling your friends about Volunteer Calgary's Become a Volunteer Hero campaign.
Volunteers work continuously to provide essential services to the community. Celebrating volunteers and volunteerism should be a continuous, year-round event that should start but not end on International Volunteer Day.
For more about International Volunteer Day, visit the www.worldvolunteerweb.org.