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.
Over the last 4 years Don Punch, MLA, has put on a morning tea in conjunction with Volunteer South West to thank our region’s volunteers. 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.
Remember to place December 5th in your diary for ‘Thank a Volunteer Day’ and celebrate volunteering and volunteers in your organisation.
Since we were unable to hold our South West Volunteer of the Year awards in May 2020 due to COVID-19 challenges we held the awards at the Thank A Volunteer Day event instead.