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Obama ushers in era of American volunteerism 
Hundreds of thousands of volunteers turned across the US to help their communities today, in response to President Barack Obama's call for a day of public service in honor of the Rev. Martin Luther King Jr.'s birthday.

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Colin Powell endorses service initiative 
Former Secretary of State Colin Powell is lending his stature to an initiative from the incoming administration to connect volunteers with causes that need them.

President-elect Barack Obama's 'Renew America Together' initiative will officially launch a Web site on Martin Luther King Day, 19 January, to help people answer the call. Obama's inauguration is the following day.

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Building Bridges Coalition 
The Building Bridges Coalition is a consortium of leading international volunteering organizations, colleges and universities, corporations and government agencies working collaboratively to double the number of volunteers serving abroad by 2010, while improving programme quality and maximizing positive impacts in the communities where volunteers serve.  Visit site
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Volunteer collaboration: are we ready to harness the power of the people? 
The present crisis challenges us to new ways of using our resources; hopefully, wiser. One of the most abundant and underused natural resources is volunteer collaboration power. Let’s broaden our minds and rethink volunteerism as something embedded in every aspect of our lives.  Visit site
Remarkable progress of volunteer movement in Jordan 
HRH Princess Basma, who was an honorary person for the International Year of Volunteers in 2001, on Thursday underscored "the remarkable progress of the volunteer movement" since the UNV programme was introduced to Jordan in 2000.  Visit site
5 December: Great day for volunteers' unity 
On her message for IVD, Joyce Yu, Deputy Executive Coordinator of the United Nations Volunteers (UNV) programme, calls for everyone to continue to make every effort to raise awareness, measure impact, and prove to communities, to governments and to volunteers themselves, that their voluntary efforts are making a positive difference.  Visit site
Celebrating the work of volunteers on IVD 
Dr. Kang-Hyun Lee, President of the International Association for Volunteer Effort (IAVE) extends his best wishes to all readers on the occasion of International Volunteer Day 2008.

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International Volunteer Day: Imagine a world without volunteers 
It would probably also be a world where people smile less, where local communities are falling apart and where everyone does things only for money. Despite being a huge social, economic and human phenomenon, volunteering is easily overseen by people and decision-makers.  Visit site
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Consejo Nacional del Voluntariado (CONAVOL) 
The "Consejo Nacional del Voluntariado" (CONAVOL) is a volunteering committee that promotes volunteerism in Bolivia.  Visit site
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Australasian Association of Volunteer Administrators (AAVA) 
AAVA is a professional association for individuals across all sections of the community who are involved with managing volunteer programs within the Australasian region, including Australia and New Zealand.  AAVA is concerned with 'building the sector' through the support, encouragement and recognition of people involved in leading volunteer programs.  Visit site

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