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 these volunteers lies an equally dedicated group of individuals and agencies who are responsible 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 Managers Day (IVMD) every year on 5 November.
It is important to let those professionals know that the spirit of volunteerism is enhanced and enabled by them – and to thank them.
Just as important is the opportunity to educate others about this important work, which is why we encourage the catch phrase “Education through Celebration” when we acknowledge IVMD each year.
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!
Be the Voice - 2017 theme
The 2017 theme seeks to recognise that Volunteer Managers need to be so much more than just accomplished leaders of people – we need to be change agents and advocates for our volunteers and for volunteering.
We need to make a difference.
We need to agitate.
We need to advocate.
As we look at global trends, politics and priorities, the need for effective volunteer engagement has never been more important – and while it’s important to celebrate our great profession on IVMDay, we also want to encourage all volunteer leaders to find ways to fight for great volunteering environments, advocate for adequate resources and become effective activists for the profession of volunteer leadership.