INTERNATIONAL VOLUNTEER DAY
In 1985, the United Nations recognised the first International Volunteer Day to acknowledge and celebrate the role of volunteers in their communities around the world. In Australia, International Volunteer Day is designated as a day for recognising volunteer involvement and a day in which organisations can thank their volunteers.
During 2001, The International Year of The Volunteer, the WA Premier announced this day would be known as ‘Thank A Volunteer Day’ in Western Australia.
GRANTS FOR THANK A VOLUNTEER DAY
Thank a Volunteer Day falls on the 5th of December each year, with the WA Government running a small grant program to assist community groups in thanking and celebrating their volunteers. More information regarding this grant can be accessed through the Department for Communities website.
Each year, Volunteer South West has a Thank a Volunteer Day event to help local organisations to ‘thank’ their volunteers, by providing an opportunity to nominate them to participate in the festivities.
THANK A VOLUNTEER DAY 2016
On 5th December 2016, Volunteer South West organised a guided tour around the Bunbury Regional Art Galleries for our “Thank A Volunteer Day” event. VSW partnered with BRAG and were joined by volunteers from many of our member organisations. We were kindly granted access to exhibits at the gallery and then enjoyed a delicious lunch with the help of Woolworths.
Remember to place December 5th in your diary for ‘Thank a Volunteer Day’ and celebrate volunteering and volunteers in your organisation.
Thank a Volunteer Day 2016: Thanks a million