Anyone who has worked with a service-based nonprofit can attest to the remarkable work of volunteer managers. Volunteer managers act as guides, leaders, problem-solvers, and organizers to ensure effective community engagement. We at GivePulse are so excited to celebrate International Volunteer Managers Day (IVMDay) on November 5, 2019!
This year marks the 20th celebration of IVMDay. The theme of this year’s celebration is “Change the Tune.” This theme was chosen as a response to a common frustration: rehashing issues without finding a solution. IVMDay hopes organizations will take this opportunity to think about how they can change the tune of these conversations.
Whatever the capacity you work in, there are many ways that you can celebrate IVMDay:
Just saying a simple “Thank you” can go a long way.
Inform the organization’s board members the valuable work your volunteer managers do and how the volunteers are so critical. Make sure the executive director is informed too!
Gather up a group of volunteers together and do a surprise “Thank you!!”. Throw in a hug and that will mean the world!
Write a letter to your local newspaper highlighting the efforts of volunteer managers in your community.
Send a thank you note or gift basket to a volunteer manager in your life.
Host or attend an event in support of volunteer managers.
If you are a volunteer manager, educate others in your organization and in your community about your role.
These are just a few ideas we put together — for additional ideas, check out the following IVMDay website. How will you celebrate the individuals who change lives through their work as volunteer managers? Let us know in the comments!
In addition, to celebrate IVMDay, GivePulse is kicking off our GivePulse Hero Campaign! If you or someone you know is a superhero volunteer, you can fill out this survey to explain why you think the person you are submitting for consideration deserves to be a GivePulse Hero. Some qualities we look for in a Hero are dedication, enthusiasm, and a deep rooted love of community.
This year, our GivePulse Hero will win a set of prizes and GivePulse swag (details are to-be-announced). We will also feature a spotlight about your efforts on our blog!
The GivePulse Hero Campaign is open until November 30th — so start nominating! We can’t wait to hear your stories.
Our democracy sits on the foundation of a government by the people, for the people. As active citizens, it’s our duty to make sure that all eligible voters are able to participate in elections, referendums, and primaries at every level — state, local, and national. Our elections should reflect the voices of everyone in our community.
Tomorrow, September 24, 2019, is National Voter Registration Day. National Voter Registration Day, the fourth Tuesday of September, aims to make sure that everyone can exercise their right to vote.
In the 2016 national election, about 25% of eligible voters were unregistered, and these numbers are even higher for underrepresented communities. Voters may be unable to vote if their registrations are outdated or if they miss the deadline to register (particularly given that only twenty-one states offer same-day voter registration).
This year, between the House, the Senate, and governor races nationwide, our votes will decide over 500 officials.
Here are some steps you can take to empower democracy this #NationalVoterRegistrationDay:
Register to vote! There are many tools that can help you register to vote. The National Voter Registration Day website will help you to register in less than two minutes by filling out a simple form. They also provide official voting information pulled from your state’s elections website. You can also register to vote and check on your registration status through the United States government website. Lastly, TurboVote is an online service that provides text and email reminders with important election information, key dates, and deadlines.
Already registered? Make it trend. Let us know that you registered to vote on social media by using the hashtag #NationalVoterRegistrationDay. Go ahead and tag us in your posts and share this piece!
Ask a friend to join you. Check in with the important people in your life and ask them if they have registered to vote. Help a friend or relative make sure their registration is up-to-date. Don’t be afraid to cross party lines. Remember: the more people who are able to vote, the closer we get to a government by the people, for the people.
Engage with volunteer efforts for registering voters — and with other opportunities in your community. Civic engagement in every form is critical to a healthy democracy. Check GivePulse for local voter registration opportunities and other ways to get engaged!