International Volunteer Day – Dec 5 – Winners celebrated

Apart from mobilizing thousands of volunteers every year, the United Nations Volunteers (UNV)

International Volunteer Day – Dec 5

~ Theme for 2012: Celebrate volunteering!

International Volunteer Day (IVD) offers an opportunity for volunteer organizations and individual volunteers to make visible their contributions – at local, national and international levels – to the achievement of the Millennium Development Goals (MDGs).

This program works closely with partners and governments to establish national volunteer programs to create structures that foster and sustain local volunteerism in countries. Through the Online Volunteering service volunteers can take action for sustainable human development by supporting the activities of development organizations over the Internet. Every day thousands of people are volunteering, online or on-site, contributing to peace and development and working to achieve the MDGs.

On International Volunteer Day (IVD) on 5 December 2012, we celebrate our commitment and hope for a better world. The main focus of IVD 2012 is awareness of and recognition for volunteers and volunteer organizations. The purpose is to recognize this commitment, to inform people about the impact of volunteering on peace and sustainable development, and to applaud volunteers for their dedication and impact.

UNV Online Volunteering Award 2012

The purpose of the award is to recognize online volunteers’ contributions towards achieving the MDGs, to showcase the many ways in which online volunteers can strengthen the capacities of organizations and to demonstrate the difference volunteers can make to peace and development projects by sharing their time, skills and expertise over the Internet.

The UNV Online Volunteering Award presents an opportunity for both, online volunteers and organizations, to bring their online volunteering experiences and good practices to the attention of a global audience.

The United Nations Volunteers (UNV) program today announced the ten winners of the “Online Volunteering Award 2012” and launched a global voting campaign for the public’s favorite winner. WINNERS HERE

Every year, UNV connects more than 11,000 online volunteers with development organizations across the globe through its Online Volunteering service (www.onlinevolunteering.org). Congratulating the winners, UNV Executive Coordinator Flavia Pansieri emphasized that “the award recognizes the contributions these online volunteers are making to peace and sustainable development, working over the Internet.”

In the lead up to International Volunteer Day (IVD) on 5 December, UNV invites citizens worldwide to be inspired by the winners’ stories and participate in the global voting for their favourite winner.

The team that gets the most votes will be announced as the public’s favourite on IVD and be offered participation in a video featuring the impact of the volunteers’ contributions to the organization’s activities.

The jury of experts in volunteerism and development cooperation chose the winners based on their commitment and contributions, the results of their collaboration and their impact on the activities of the organizations they supported.

Besides UNV representatives from Field Units and headquarters, the jury included:

• Mr. Carsten Johnson, Program Manager, Cisco Networking Academy, Cisco Systems

• Ms. Dimity Fifer, CEO, Australian Volunteers International (AVI)

• Ms. Emele Duituturaga, Executive Director, Pacific Islands Association of Non-Governmental Organisations (PIANGO)

• Mr. John Ericson, Chief, Outreach Unit, Office of Human Resources Management, United Nations Secretariat

• Mr. Ramón Gabriel Ansoain Aisa, Chief, Recruitment for International Organizations, Department of Multilateral Cooperation, Spanish Agency for International Development Cooperation (AECID)

On IVD 2012, we celebrate our commitment and hope for a better world. The main focus of IVD 2012 is awareness of and recognition for volunteers and volunteer organizations. The purpose is to recognise this commitment, to inform people about the impact of volunteering on peace and sustainable development, and to applaud volunteers for their dedication and impact.

How can I celebrate?

Past IVD celebrations have included organized activities such as:

  • A march or rally
  • A clean up
  • A competition (drawings, photographs, stories)
  • A blood donation
  • Volunteer Fair
  • Celebratory event
  • Conference on ‘Volunteer Action Counts’
  • Fundraising for a local volunteer organization
  • Workshops about volunteer activities
  • Be Creative! You are a brand ambassador for IVD!

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