September 5, 2010

The Celebration of the Year

Posted in Managers Matter at 5:27 am by Sue Hine

It’s going to happen on November 5.  And no it’s not a Guy Fawkes bonfire and a spectacular display of fireworks.

 I wish though.  I wish celebrating the International Day for Managers of Volunteers could be shouted from the rooftops, fêted and feasted throughout the land.  Why?

The best statement I have found to answer this question is on the website http://www.volunteermanagersday.org/ :

[V]olunteering does not succeed in a vacuum. Behind this army of 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.  It is important to let those professionals know that the spirit of volunteerism is enhanced and enabled by them, and to thank them.

There’s also a Statement of Values, offering four very good reasons to celebrate the profession.

Great website, heaps of useful information, though it would be good to have some more recent articles posted.  You can become a supporter, you can add in your local event.  You can become part of a global celebration.

But it’s not the manager of volunteers’ responsibility to arrange their own recognition parties.  And we are not the sort to go trumpeting our importance from the hilltops.  IMV Day is however, an opportunity to acknowledge professional achievements of the past year as our personal triumphs, to recognise we each have our own intrinsic value. 

So far only one event is registered on the website for New Zealand, and it’s co-sponsored by a Volunteer Centre and a health sector agency.  I don’t think I am hard of hearing but communities seem to be pretty mute on indicating their Interest in celebrating the work of managers of volunteers. 

 What would be really good is to find interest and support coming from government agencies, local MPs, and local government organisations, from NFP administrators and board members, and from volunteers themselves.  I’d like to add in corporate sponsors, and particularly those engaged in corporate volunteering.  And the philanthropic trust funders.  All these sectors have something to gain in appreciating the work of managers of volunteers.

Because if you promote managers of volunteers then you are also promoting volunteering.  Right? 

So I am hoping that writing about my singular passion will spur a bit of effective action.   We need to get moving – only 60 more sleeps.

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