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

In 1984 by Volunteering England

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. 

1-7 June

Date

Aim of the event 

Organised by

National Volunteer Week

Australia 

Established

Volunteering Australia

In 1984 by Volunteering England

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

End of May

Date

Aim of the event 

Organised by

National Volunteering Week

Ireland

Established

Volunteer Ireland

by Volunteer 

Ireland

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

Third Week of May

Date

Aim of the event 

Organised by

Citizenship Engagement Week 

‘Engagement macht stark’

Germany

Established

Bundesnetzwerk Bürgerschaftliches Engagement

by Volunteer 

Ireland

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

September

Date

Aim of the event 

Organised by

Week of Volunteers 

Flanders (Belgium) 

Established

 Vlaams Steunpunt Vrijwilligerswerk vzw

in 1986

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

End of February - Beginning in March

 

2020: from February 29 to March 8

Date

Aim of the event 

Organised by

National Week of Volunteers 

Romania

Established

 Pro Vob

in 2002

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

Third Week of May

Date

Aim of the event 

Organised by

National Volunteer Week

New Zealand 

Established

Volunteering New Zealand

in 2014

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

June

Date

Aim of the event 

Organised by

National Volunteer Week

Canada

Established

Volunteer Canada

....

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

June

Date

Aim of the event 

Organised by

National Volunteer Week - Points of Light

USA

Established

Hands on Network

1974 by President  G. H. W. Bush

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

April

Date

Aim of the event 

Organised by

CEV | European Volunteer Centre

communication@cev.be

Rue d'Edimbourg 26, Brussels