~ 2001 Topics ~
The Council of Europe, a 41-member parliament, adopted a recommendation to urge member governments to promote "pro" volunteer policies and remove legal obstacles that prohibit people from volunteering. It also called on European countries to declare a European Day of Volunteering, to raise awareness about volunteerism.
Volunteer Canada hosts the 2001 Canadian Forum on Volunteerism in Vancouver, BC, August 16-18. The forum will bring together hundreds of volunteers to debate a series of declarations on volunteerism in Canada. The hope is that the declarations will generate insights and energy around volunteerism. For more information check out http://www.iyvcanada.org.
New York City is pulling out all stops in honor of the United Nation's International Year of Volunteers.
"New York is the first city in the world to actively and continuously mobilize for IYV and a comprehensive 12-month program of activities is planned to promote volunteerism in our city," said Rustie Brooke, founder of NYC/IYV. "We invite everyone to visit www.nyciyv.org for information on the International Year of Volunteers and volunteerism in New York City.
NYC/IYV is a coalition of hundreds of not-for-profit, business and government organizations. IYV 2001 provides an opportunity for New York City to join with United Nations Volunteers and the international community in encouraging volunteer activities and to recognize the outstanding contributions of millions of New York City volunteers.
NYC/IYV sponsors include Merrill Lynch and American Express. Other supporters are Con Edison, New York Life and Nike and media partners are the New York Times and NBC 4.
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For more information on the International Year of the Volunteer,
see http://www.iyv.org and http://www.iyv2001us.org.
Here are some activities around the world to celebrate IYV2001
- Hosted the IAVE conference in January
- Initiating a National Volunteer Day for youth
- Hosting a closing ceremony for the year to recognize local volunteer efforts
- Providing training to local organizations on the support of volunteers.
For more information: Germien Cox; firstname.lastname@example.org or http://www.volunteer.nl.
- Hosting an International Symposium on Volunteering, November 18-21
- Symposium will generate a Global report to be published and presented to the Secretary General of the UN in 2002
Contact: Viola Krebs, email@example.com or http://www.icvolunteers.org.
- Hosting a symposium for the volunteer sector in April 2001
- Hosting a volunteer convention, "The Unconventional," in Glasgow on December 5, 2001
The International Year of Volunteers 2001 United States Committee is off to a good start. There is a Web site, http://www.iyv2001us.org, where you can register your activities for the coming year.
A primary goal of the US Committee, co-lead by the Points of Light Foundation and the Association of Junior Leagues International, is to engage organizations and individuals. The Web site allows anyone to register as a partner, search a database for the activities of other partners, or register activities and events. You can receive a newsletter, order recognition and celebration products, and receive booklets to guide in planning local events. There are also links to other sites related to IYV2001.
- hosting a conference September 29-October2, 2001
For information contact http://www.community.hei.com/'volunteer-hi.
- Tulsa is preparing a traveling display featuring volunteers for display in libraries.
- Governor Gary Locke is issuing a proclamation for IYV2001 (Click here to view Proclamation)
- Statewide recognition events July 14, 2001.
For more information contact Chuck
So you just heard about the International Year of the Volunteer 2001. It is the United Nations yearlong celebration of service and volunteers. If you want to know more visit the UN project visit their Web site, http://www.iyv2001.org/. It isn't too late to celebrate this event. Susan Ellis, of Energize, Inc. highlights a means to celebrate in your organization. Here are the steps:
Take this time to learn more about the accomplishments of your organization. Form a committee of those who enjoy reminiscing about the past. Rescue old documents that are stuffed in boxes. Make scrapbooks and posters. Capture oral history on tape for future generations.
Organize an event to share all that you learn about the history. Try to interest the news media. Highlight goals set and accomplishments met. Be sure that current volunteers are made to feel like they are part of "history," too.
Bring together volunteers and some outsiders to ask where you are going to be in the next 20 or 30 years. Invite a wide range of people-anyone with a stake in your mission. Be sure to ask people who might not agree with one another, but bring fresh ideas. This is a time to break the old ways and think about new ways.
Find out what other organizations in your community are doing. Put together a joint celebration of your history and plans for the future. A library, city hall, or community center is the place to show off what you have done.
Ellis's site is sponsoring a place to log your work. Visit http://ww.energizeinc.com and find out how to post your work. The US IYV2001 site also has a place to log your activities. The information is also being used to revise the Ellis and Campbell book, By the People: A History of Americans as Volunteers.
You can also visit the US IYV2001 site for ideas on celebrations and to buy t-shirts, pins, and mugs.
It is not too late. Begin by forming an IVY2001 committee. Get the hardest workers and let the party begin!
Canada has a Canada IYV2001 Website to help plan and design your IYV celebration activities. Sponsored by Volunteer Canada, you can visit The Possibilities Catalog online or contact them at 800-670-0401.