Celebrating International Volunteer Managers Day
Posted Friday, October 30th, 2015 by Verified Volunteers Staff
Did you know that International Volunteer Managers Day is coming on November 5?
In case you didn’t – and because we at Verified Volunteers recognize how hard-working and dedicated volunteer managers are when it comes to forwarding the missions of the organizations they work for through effective volunteer programs – I wanted to tell you a little bit about it.
What is International Volunteer Managers Day?
International Volunteer Managers Day (IVMDay) was developed in 1999 in order to recognize volunteer managers and bring awareness to the vital role they play in the mobilization and support of volunteers all over the world. The idea came about because, although volunteers themselves are celebrated for their work and contributions to all sorts of causes, the individuals that drive and promote that work are not celebrated in the same way.
It is important to let those professionals know that the spirit of volunteerism is enhanced and enabled by them – and to thank them.
There is a concerted effort in place to spread the word about International Volunteer Managers Day. For that reason, in 2006, the IVMDay ‘International Supporters Group’ was formed. The group is composed of a specially invited collection of key leaders and groups from around the world and their goal is to promote awareness about IVMDay internationally.
Join us on November 5 in honoring the professionals who practice the management of volunteer resources. Remember, the theme of IVMDay for 2015 is “VOLUNTEER MANAGERS: the power behind super hero volunteers”
How you can celebrate International Volunteer Managers Day
Pulled from the International Volunteer Managers Day website, here are just a few ideas for ways you can celebrate IVMDay:
- Remember to send a thank you message to the extended group of staff in your agency who support the work of volunteers (but who may not be recognized as a volunteer manager)
- Place a link to the IVM Day website from your volunteer web page
- If you are a member of a professional Association, create an annual award to celebrate the work of volunteer managers in your area
- Throw a party to honor volunteer managers in your area.
- Host a luncheon for area volunteer managers and allow them to bring their boss.
- Send a recognition certificate and thank you note to volunteer managers in your area.
- Send a letter to the editor of your local newspaper that highlights the special work that volunteer managers do in the community.
- Prepare celebratory gift bags for the volunteer managers in your area so that they can have a treat on the special day.
I hope you steal a few of these ideas and help educate and get the word out about International Volunteer Managers Day. Volunteer managers are often a truly under-appreciated role in nonprofit and volunteer organizations.
Don’t Forget About International Volunteer Day!
International Volunteer Day is taking place on December 5, 2015. Recognize your volunteers using one of these ideas.
Are you a volunteer manager? Or do you work closely with one as an Executive Director or a volunteer? Tell us what you are doing to celebrate on November 5 or December 5. Share with us on Twitter, Facebook and LinkedIn.