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National Volunteering Weeks

This page is dedicated to highligthening the different national and international volunteer days, weeks and festivals. 

National Volunteer Week

United Kingdom

Established

Date

Aim of the event 

Organised by

1-7 June

Established in 1984 by Volunteering England. Since then Volunteers’ Week has been an annual tradition in the United Kingdom. 

Today it is a campaign week with several events and celebration dedicated to recognising the efforts and work carried out by volunteers and the impact they have. 

In 1984 by Volunteering England

National Volunteer Week

Australia 

Established

Date

Aim of the event 

Organised by

End of May

It is an annual celebration to acknowledge the generous contribution of volunteers who represent 46% of the population .

In 1984 by Volunteering England

Volunteering Australia

National Volunteering Week

Ireland

Established

Date

Aim of the event 

Organised by

Third Week of May

It is dedicated to highlighting volunteering across Ireland and is organised in partnership with the network of Volunteer Centres and Volunteering Information Services.

by Volunteer 

Ireland

Volunteer Ireland

Citizenship Engagement Week 

‘Engagement macht stark’

Germany

Established

Date

Aim of the event 

Organised by

September

Annual celebration which started 14 years ago. Thematic Days during the week which are celebrated in the different federal states.

by Volunteer 

Ireland

Bundesnetzwerk Bürgerschaftliches Engagement

Week of Volunteers 

Flanders (Belgium) 

Established

Date

Aim of the event 

Organised by

End of February - Beginning in March

 

2020: from February 29 to March 8

Week of Volunteers is organised to increase public awareness about voluntary work and thank the volunteers their contributions.

in 1986

 Vlaams Steunpunt Vrijwilligerswerk vzw

National Week of Volunteers 

Romania

Established

Date

Aim of the event 

Organised by

Third Week of May

It is a national annual event designed to mobilize organizations and to celebrate volunteering together, raise community support and publicly recognize volunteer work.

in 2002

 Pro Vob

National Volunteer Week

New Zealand 

Established

Date

Aim of the event 

Organised by

June

Through Thematic Weeks the event  celebrates the 1.2 million Kiwis who volunteer in New Zealand every year.

in 2014

Volunteering New Zealand

National Volunteer Week

Canada

Established

Date

Aim of the event 

Organised by

June

The week is organised to celebrate Canada’s 12.7 million volunteers.

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Volunteer Canada

National Volunteer Week - Points of Light

USA

Established

Date

Aim of the event 

Organised by

April

The week is organised to celebrate Canada’s 12.7 million volunteers. The Daily Point of Light Award honors exceptional volunteers.

1974 by President  G. H. W. Bush

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