The Ghana Volunteer Program (GVP) is a program being run by the GhanaThink Foundation, an NGO based both in Ghana and the USA. GVP acquires volunteers for volunteer opportunities around Ghana. GVP also helps volunteer activity organisers find volunteers. This program seeks to encourage volunteerism in Ghana, and to market and make attractive volunteer activities. We are committed to increasing and supporting volunteerism and civic participation.
The mission of the GhanaThink Foundation, a Ghana and US based NGO, is to mobilise talent and support idea generation to projects and ventures. Through our Barcamps, we have built a network of over 5500 Ghanaian change makers, doers and entrepreneurs through events in Ghana. We want to use this network and other channels to build a bigger network of volunteers in Ghana. We believe volunteerism is the heart of community development.
Our major activity is the National Volunteer Day, which falls on the 21st of Sept. This day marks Founder’s Day and we expect as many people in Ghana as possible to volunteer around that time. On December 5, 2013, on the occasion of International Volunteer Day, the previous NVDay team launched the Ghana Volunteer Program.
About National Volunteer Day
National Volunteer Day, which falls around The 21st of Sept each year, is our major activity. It was instituted as part of GVP in 2013. This year, the event falls within the 17th – 25th Sept 2016 time frame. The initiative is to get as many people as possible in Ghana to volunteer their time or do community service on the Founder’s Day Holiday. While volunteerism is not very popular and part of our society’s fabric, many individuals and organisations volunteer occasionally. National Volunteer Day is to increase these numbers and unify efforts in volunteerism in Ghana. We want to encourage more people to do community service within Ghana. That’s the same spirit our founding fathers engendered within our citizenry.
By having volunteer or community service activities during the 17th – 25th Sept time frame, we would be cherishing the ideals of founding Ghana and joining a national effort to work for Ghana. Volunteering demonstrates initiative and hard work, two ideals that many organisations look for while hiring. We believe that by participating in NVDay, participants would be building their CVs.
We expect several individuals and organisations to hold different activities throughout the country on the day. Last year over 80 activities were organised and registered with us, mostly by individuals and groups that were organising volunteering activities for the first time. Their activities directly impacted the lives of thousands of people. These activities happened in Accra, Tema, Nsawam, Kasoa, Cape Coast, Takoradi, Kumasi, Koforidua, Saltpond, Tamale and Wa. Activities ranged from skills training programs, clean up exercises, tutoring in a particular course, reading clinics for kids, blood donation drives, creating playing grounds for kids in the government schools to painting schools and faded zebra crossings. The impact on the volunteers and beneficiaries was massive and was captured on social media.
Make it a point to be a part of NVDay 16 this year by organising and registering your event here. The registration of your activity will allow us to support you with more volunteers and some publicity. We look forward to hearing about the incredible things you will be doing on NVDay 16.