I'm excited for 2011 and here's why. The United Nations has declared 2011 to be the International Year of the Volunteer + 10 (IYV+10). Back in 2001, we had the first International Year of the Volunteer. Canada did some great things back then to show their support of volunteers and their role in building our amazing and diverse country. Remember the commemorative dime?
Now, I don't talk about the work I do too much on my blog. It's not because I'm not grateful for it but it's actually something so personal and special to me that I am not always sure I can quite capture it in words. So I'm going out of my comfort zone and sharing a little bit of my work with you. I work in the field of Volunteer Management, which essentially is engaging volunteers to do great work in their communities. At the moment, I work with volunteer who support people living with developmental disabilities. The work they do is transformational in helping people to live to their fullest potential.
I belong to a fantastic local network of professionals like me who also work with volunteers in a wide variety of agencies and organizations in Toronto. Our association is called TAVA. TAVA is the Toronto Association for Volunteer Administration. To celebrate IYV+10, TAVA has created a blog to highlight the impact volunteers and the people who work with volunteers make every single day. Our goal is to collect at least 2011 images of hands by December 31, 2011. These can be photographs, artwork, anything at all. Just let us know how the image you send connects you with volunteering.
To contribute to the blog, visit us HERE and find out how you can participate.
Thanks for showing me your hand...
No act of kindness, no matter how small is ever wasted. - Aesop