National Volunteer Week Guide 2021


National Volunteer Week 17 - 23 May 2021 (NVW) is an annual celebration to acknowledge the generous contribution of our nation's volunteers. Thousands of activities will be held across the country to say thank you to the 6 million Australians who volunteer their time. The week-long celebration will include social media campaigns, breakfasts, morning/afternoon teas, and luncheons, as well as open days, award ceremonies, picnics, forums and training sessions.

#WaveForVolunteers: Social Media Campaign

We are asking all VIOs, volunteer managers, leaders, and community members to put your hand up and thank all the volunteers around Australia by waving a special smile of appreciation during National Volunteer Week. The Wave Your Appreciation campaign is back to recognise the great work volunteers do each and every day.

Every smile is a thank you. Behind every wave of appreciation is a spirit of community and giving. Join us as we RECOGNISE, celebrate and thank volunteers for the vital?role they play in our lives this National Volunteer Week.

#WaveForVolunteers: During NVW, upload your wave photo to social media, tag @VolunteeringWA and share using #NVW2021 and #waveforvolunteers.

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Downloadable Resources

Resources to assist you with your National Volunteer Week plans are now available to download via the Volunteering Australia website. Resources include certificates, event invitations, logos, social media tiles, email signature banners and posters.
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Volunteer Thank You Gifts and Merchandise

The Volunteering Australia shop is taking orders for National Volunteer Week 2021, including lapel pins, engraved pens, lanyards, V pins, reusable cups, and anniversary pins. Visit the shop here >

Special National Volunteer Week feature Community News - advertising bookings now open

Community News is once again producing a special newspaper feature recognising volunteering efforts, showcasing opportunities and acknowledging the generous contribution of the hundreds of thousands of volunteers in our State devoting their time to help others.  

The feature, to be published week commencing 17 May 2021 will contain good news stories about volunteers in our community, as well as messages of thanks from local businesses.  This is a fantastic opportunity for local communities, government departments and organisations to thank current volunteers, invite new volunteers, present products and services, profile members and announce new projects.  

Please see here for a flyer on advertising rates for our members and more information on how to book a space in this year’s National Volunteer Week feature.

NVW Grant Recipients Announced

Supported by Lotterywest, each year during National Volunteer Week, Volunteering WA offers small grants to be used for organisations to celebrate and thank their volunteers. View the 2021 recipients here.

Last Chance To Purchase Tickets: NVW Gala Dinner

Join Volunteering WA for our biggest celebration during National Volunteer Week at our WA Volunteer of the Year Gala Dinner.  Throughout the night, your team will be treated to entertainment by PROOF The Band and AVPartners, a delicious three-course meal, premium Ferngrove Wines, and stories from some of our State's incredible volunteers and volunteer organisations. End the night with some dancing, and then carry on the party at one of Crown Perth's entertainment spots.

Join us at Crown Perth on Thursday 20 May for the WA Volunteer of the Year gala dinner. In line with social distancing restrictions, spaces are limited so please book your tickets early. Book your tickets.

View the incredibly deserving Finalists here.

Thank you: The Awards are hosted by Volunteering WA, and presented with thanks to our Award Partners Department of Communities, Office of Multicultural Interests, Silver Chain, Stan Perron Charitable Foundation, Minderoo Foundation, NeonLogic, Lotterywest, and ABC Radio.