International Volunteer Day Toolkit

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December 5 is International Volunteer Day and we’re hoping to get in as many hours pledged through the Combined Federal Campaign (CFC) as possible to celebrate! Campaign Managers and Outreach Coordinators can implement the following activities at the agency/installation, office/unit level, or zone level to help promote International Volunteer Day and encourage CFC pledges of volunteerism.

Implement an International Volunteer Day Email Blast

Help build momentum leading up to International Volunteer Day by taking part in the email blast. Prewritten email templates are provided in the Email Copy Guide along with images/attachments and should be sent on the following schedule:

  • Nov. 29, 2018: One week before
  • Dec. 4, 2018: One day before
  • Dec. 5, 2018: International Volunteer Day
  • Dec. 6, 2018: The day after 

Spread the Word about International Volunteer Day

Here are a few ideas for promoting this day and volunteerism within your department/agency:

  • Use the provided images in the Social Media Copy Guide to promote International Volunteer Day on your or your agency/office/unit social media platforms. Make sure to use #VolunteerDayCFC.

  • Set up a volunteer event, if allowed by your agency, at a local CFC supported charity or have the charity come to your location with an activity (e.g., packing bag lunches to be delivered to the homeless or writing thank you cards to send to U.S. troops serving overseas.

  • Challenge a colleague to pledge volunteer hours to the same charity as you so you can serve together. Better yet, get a whole group of colleagues together!

  • Share messaging about the volunteerism component of the CFC at staff meetings or in conversations with your colleagues. Here are some messaging you could mention:
    • Volunteerism is an additional way to make a difference through the CFC. Show You Care and pledge through the CFC to volunteer in support of your cause.
    • Federal employees embody the spirit of public service with their generous donations through the CFC. Extend your impact and build on your gift by pledging volunteer hours through the campaign.
    • Working together, our volunteer hours make a significant difference for those in need. In 2017, federal employees pledged more than 125,000 hours of volunteer service, the equivalent of nearly $3 million.
    • You can pledge volunteer hours using the online portal or a paper pledge form. If you would like to be contacted by the charity regarding your volunteerism pledge, be sure to release your contact information when you make your pledge. Otherwise, you will have to reach out to the charity to learn about their volunteer options.