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05 December 2008
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
From: Civicus
More about: Advocacy
05 December 2008
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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From: Civicus
More about: Advocacy
05 December 2008
'Building bridges' on IVD 
United States: To mark International Volunteer Day, the Building Bridges Coalition calls for anyone having participated in an international volunteer programme to help raise awareness by writing about their experience.  Read article
05 December 2008
United Nations lauds volunteers across world 
Beijing, China: Communities should harness the energy and initiative of the thousands of volunteers who contribute to projects around the world, including critical United Nations activities, senior UN officials said here Friday as they marked the day dedicated to those who give their time and efforts for free to help others.  Visit site
From: Xinhua News
05 December 2008
Mining a seam of volunteerism by Libby Archell, Alcoa
Pittsburgh, USA: Alcoa CEO and President Klaus Kleinfeld congratulated the record number of 22,000 Alcoa employees who came together in almost 700 separate service events as part of the company’s Worldwide Month of Service.  Read article
05 December 2008
A unique fair to celebrate volunteerism 
Bhubaneshwar, India: A Volunteer Fair will be held on Saturday to celebrate volunteerism in Odisha and worldwide. The event will provide an opportunity to individuals who want to contribute to their community to connect with NGOs needing volunteers to work on different social issues.

This year, volunteers of the United Nations Volunteers (UNV) programme in Odisha will participate and share their experiences to underline the contributions volunteerism can make to social and economic development.   Visit site
From: Kalinga Times, orissa, India
More about: India
05 December 2008
Bangladesh - Volunteer Against Poverty by Ngozi Otti
IVD in Bangladesh meant a sticker campaign on the theme 'Volunteer Against Poverty'. (UNV)
Dhaka, Bangladesh: In Bangladesh this year our theme is 'Volunteers Against Poverty' (VAP). The choice of this theme is as a result of the hydra-headed impacts of poverty in every aspect of lives both in Bangladesh and beyond.  Read article
05 December 2008
AARP commemorates IVD by Jennie Chin Hansen
Washington, DC, USA: AARP (formerly the American Association of Retired People) believes that we cannot overstate the value of the United Nations support and promotion of volunteering among government agencies, non-profit organizations, community groups, and the private sector. Today, societies worldwide are successfully engaging volunteers in a spirit of solidarity for the effort to achieve the United Nations Millennium Development Goals by 2015.  Visit site
05 December 2008
Intel to reach a million volunteer hours on IVD by Allison Kubota, Intel
Intel employees volunteered more than 400 hours at the Brigham Hill Farm. (Intel)
Santa Clara, CA, USA: Despite challenging economic times and cut backs, many global corporations are still committed to giving back. From Google, Intel and Johnson & Johnson to the Gates Foundation, large corporate donors are recognizing that giving back to their communities is critical – now more than ever.   Read article
04 December 2008
Sudan - Cleaning up Khartoum 
Volunteers on a cleaning duty in Ombadda Locality, Omdurman. (J. Hattingh/UNMIS)
Khartoum, Sudan: International Volunteer Day was celebrated early on 4 December in Khartoum with a variety of activities under the theme 'partnership for achieving the Millennium Development Goals through volunteerism'.   Read article

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