National Volunteer Week (NVW) is the annual celebration to acknowledge the generous contribution of our nation’s volunteers. At this uncertain time we feel that it is more important than ever to recognise and acknowledge Australia’s volunteers.
The dates for National Volunteer Week 2020 are Monday 18 May – Sunday 24 May 2020 with the theme “Changing Communities. Changing Lives”.
We understand that the many events that are usually held during National Volunteer Week will be postponed or cancelled, however we encourage all organisations who wish to thank their volunteers to consider moving their events to an online format or acknowledge volunteers in different ways through social media or other digital formats.
Below we have provided ideas, inspiration and tips to celebrate National Volunteer Week in 2020. We continue to sell thank you gifts via our online shop, provide resources for the week and spread the message that volunteers around Australia really are Changing Communities. Changing Lives.
For more information about National Volunteer Week please email Volunteering Australia.
We invite you to put your hand up and thank all the volunteers around Australia by waving a special smile of appreciation from your own home. Upload your wave photo to social media and share using the hashtags #NVW2020 and #waveforvolunteers, and tag Volunteering Australia.
Thanks to technology you can hold a virtual thank you event for volunteers during National Volunteer Week. There are so many ideas for a virtual event from a simple coffee catch up to holding a dinner party. We have listed some ideas to get you started.
Looking for a virtual way to thank your volunteers? Through the Volunteering Australia website you can send a free online Certificate of Appreciation directly to your volunteer’s email.
The new logo for National Volunteer Week 2020 as well as resources including posters, invitations, certificates and social media images are now available.
Say thank you to your volunteers with high quality, volunteer-specific gifts, while supporting Volunteering Australia in advocating for the volunteering sector in Australia.
As well as the hugely popular lapel pins we have pens, lanyards, post-it notes, eco keep cups, keyrings and much more! We have also added ‘V’ volunteer anniversary pins for volunteers who have volunteered for 5, 10, 15, 20, 25 or 30 years.
Have any questions about National Volunteer Week? Read through the Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs) to find the answers you are looking for.
Want to become a volunteer or are looking for volunteering opportunities during National Volunteer Week?