These are helpful things to do for NVDay activities;
Scout through all the problems in your community. Think about simple ways to resolve the problem, ask questions like; do I have the needed resources to pull this activity through? How much will it take to organize this? How many people do I need? Think through various activities you could run.
Select one that can be easily done as per your resources available.
Contact a few key people who can help with logistics or can link you up to form a core team.
Get to work. Make use of your social capital.
If you are embarking on say a community cleaning exercise, there’s a need to either make provisions for brooms and bins or ask volunteers who live in the area to come along with some brooms and collectors.
Constantly remind the volunteers of the day. Remind them a day before the activity. You can use social media to garner support as well.
Most Volunteers do not get monetary rewards for volunteering but item 13 should be available especially when the activity requires manpower.(Kenkey and fish- not expensive)
Take picture of your activity. Acknowledge sponsors if any. (You can put together a short video and share with sponsors)
Keep contacts of volunteers and communicate subsequent events with them.
Let’s go make a difference in our communities.!!!!! Volunteerism; The heart of community development!!!!!
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About Ghana Volunteer Program
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 September each year, is our major activity. It was instituted as part of GVP in 2013. This year, the event falls within the 17th – 27th September 2022 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 (#NVDay) 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 around September 21, 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.
Since 2013, an average of 80 activities have happened annually around Ghana, across the 10+ regions. These are planned by NGOs, groups like Rotary, Rotaract, Lions and Leo clubs, groups of friends, different associations and individuals. The impact on the volunteers and beneficiaries was massive and was captured on social media.
In 2020, due to the covid pandemic, many did not volunteer physically due to various restrictions, health and safety concerns. However, we saw that many institutions and individuals donated to the needy or less privileged. We celebrated volunteers and encouraged activities that do not involve a lot of people gathering, especially blood donations.
For 2021, we are encouraging more people to raise funds to support the needy. We are driving for more blood donations. Since, the general public is more used to the covid pandemic and can volunteer more safely, they will organize or join activities planned for the month of September.
See what happened last year for #NVDay here - twitter.com/volunteeringh. You can also find various photos from NVDay13, 14, 15, 16 & 17 etc on the Ghana Volunteer Program Facebook etc.
Make it a point to be a part of #NVDay22 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 #NVDay22.