October 26th, 2020

Recognizing volunteer managers


By Submitted Article on November 1, 2019.

SUBMITTED BY VOLUNTEER LETHBRIDGE

In general, communities are good at recognizing the contribution of volunteers – for example, in health services, youth clubs and environmental agencies. We can see volunteers’ impact in almost all areas of life. However, volunteering does not succeed in a tunnel.

Supporting this army of volunteers is an equally dedicated group of individuals and agencies responsible for co-ordinating, supporting, training, administrating and recruiting the world’s volunteers. These are skilled professional’s adept at taking passion and turning it into effective action. That is why we celebrate International Volunteer Manager Day (IVM Day) every year on Nov. 5.

While the attention is focused on the invaluable achievements of volunteers around the world, the efforts of those who work so tirelessly in the background – to competently lead and equip volunteers – is all too often overlooked. It is important to let those professionals know that the spirit of volunteerism is enhanced and enabled by them, and to thank them.

Volunteer Lethbridge urges 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!

International Volunteer Managers Day (IVMDay) is the ideal opportunity to acknowledge and recognize the important work undertaken by those who lead volunteer effort and create environments in which volunteers and volunteering can flourish. Thank you, volunteer managers! You are appreciated and valued.

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