Energize, Inc. (Susan Ellis’ company) has compiled a list of designated volunteer weeks or months in 2017, mostly in English-speaking countries, when nonprofits, government agencies and others are supposed to honor volunteerism. These are celebrated annually:
Canada’s National Volunteer Week, April 23-29, 2017
USA’s National Volunteer Week, April 23-29, 2017
Australia’s National Volunteer Week, May 8-14, 2017
United Kingdom’s Volunteers’ Week, June 1-7, 2011
New Zealand’s National Volunteer Awareness Week, June 18-24, 2017
Singapore’s National Volunteer Month, December, 2017
During these weeks (and always!), remember to honor your online volunteers and to use the Internet to honor ALL volunteers, regardless of where service is performed. This resource can help, you do that, as can The Last Virtual Volunteering Guidebook.
There are also MANY days designated to encourage volunteer action. Energize has a terrific compilation of these as well on its web site. These are great days for creating one-time, short-term group volunteering activities, including one(-ish) day “tech” activities for volunteers, like hackathons and edit-a-thons.
Is there a Semana Nacional de Voluntarios in Mexico or Spain? Or Semaine Nationale des Bénévoles in France? If you know of other weeks meant to celebrate volunteers, let me know (please include a link to the official web site).