International Volunteer Managers Day 2023

Today we celebrate International Volunteer Managers Day 2023.

This day of recognition was put in place to create an opportunity for every volunteer service to say thank you to their Volunteer Manager for all their hard work. Let them know they are appreciated!

Palliative Care NSW recognises the importance of Volunteer Managers.

You are essential to the effective delivery of a volunteer service and we would like to thank you all for all the good work you do.

It is also an opportunity to bring recognition to the profession of Volunteer Management more broadly and consider the many benefits they bring to an organisation.

The International Volunteer Manager Supporters Group says we should celebrate the profession of volunteer leadership because:

  • Volunteer Managers have the skills and knowledge to help people be part of the solution in meeting community needs. Even in cynical times, they practice the art of the possible.
  • Volunteer Managers change lives — both the lives of volunteers themselves and of those served by well-led volunteers. It is a life-changing profession. Volunteer managers provide the leadership and direction that allows people to build a good and just society and to mend the social fabric. Without professional leadership, people’s time, talents and efforts could be wasted.
  • A well-run volunteer program shows the community, including potential donors, that the organization is not afraid of public scrutiny and involvement and endeavours to make the most efficient use of monetary assets.
  • Well-led volunteers become an advocacy and public relations force for an agency or program — a force no amount of money could buy.