September 29, 2013

Remember, Remember the Fifth of November

Posted in Celebrations, Good news stories, Managers Matter, Recognition of Volunteering tagged , , at 3:33 am by Sue Hine

IVMADAYLOGOTo all Managers / Coordinators of Volunteers, full-time, part-time, paid or otherwise:

In just four weeks International Volunteer Managers Day will be all happening.  Volunteer Wellington will kick off the day with their usual fun-filled breakfast event, and Volunteering New Zealand is into the act already with their promotional material.


The international theme of Connecting and Inspiring is illustrated in this banner and whakatauki.  Here is the inspiration to practice the art of the possible.

Why should we have a special international day? Take a look at what the International Committee says:

We celebrate the profession of volunteer leadership because:

1. Volunteer Managers have the skills and knowledge to help people be part of the solution in meeting community needs. Even in cynical times, they practice the art of the possible.

2. Volunteer Managers change lives — both the lives of volunteers themselves and of those served by well-led volunteers. It is a life-changing profession. Volunteer managers provide the leadership and direction that allows people to build a good and just society and to mend the social fabric. Without professional leadership, people’s time, talents and efforts could be wasted.

3. A well-run volunteer program shows the community, including potential donors, that the organization is not afraid of public scrutiny and involvement and endeavors to make the most efficient use of monetary assets.

4. Well-led volunteers become an advocacy and public relations force for an agency or program — a force no amount of money could buy.

What can you do to celebrate your profession?  It’s pretty hard to pat yourself on the back: somehow the shoulder joint won’t oblige properly.  Much nicer if other people would come along and do it for you, showing how they respect and value the work you do.   But take a leaf out of an activist’s book and do some creative promotion.  Here are some ideas:

  • Be not-so-subtle by taking copies of this post (or somesuch) to distribute round your organisation so they get to diary this celebration.
  • Get volunteers on your side to do some trumpeting.
  • Invite a staff member to give a few hours to shadowing your daily routine, so they can learn more of your work and the skills required in the job.
  • Put up a message on Facebook, or even a video.
  • Call up your network of colleagues to collaborate on some event planning.
  • Connect with community radio and newspapers to get an interview.  Or at least send them a press release.
  • On the day, e-mail a jaunty message round the organisation: Do you know what today is, and why it is important?
  • It’s not too late to enter the AAMoV Volunteer Manager Award for Excellence.  Be quick: closing date is now October 11.   Besides the individual award there is also a new team award to recognise a team or group of volunteer managers who have worked together on a programme or special project.

Go, Managers of Volunteers!


1 Comment »

  1. Thank you Sue for this great reminder. I LOVE the phrase, “those who lead give sight to those who follow, those who follow give life to those who lead.”


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