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In 1970, a group of women from Los Angeles, California and the people they encountered while volunteering, shared a vision to elevate and empower the communities of volunteers that exist around the world. They believed that it is through volunteering that we can “build bridges of international understanding”. With this inspired idea, they hosted the first ever world volunteer conference LIVE (Learning through International Volunteer Effort), bringing together volunteers from all over the world. That conference was the birthplace of what soon after became the International Association for Volunteer Effort (IAVE).
2020 will mark the 50th year since the inception of this incredible global volunteer community. To celebrate this milestone, IAVE want to highlight and celebrate the work that volunteers do around the world. Tell them your story and your involvement with IAVE, and the cumulative impact it has had on your life! Click here to submit your story.