But after the celebrations are over, the Welsh IYV Steering Group wants to leave a legacy from the year.
"The Forum can provide the Welsh IYV Steering Group with unique knowledge and experience of the funding sector, and can ensure that investment in volunteer projects will become a priority for our members."
There is no magic formula for good practice in volunteering, but the Wales Funders Forum and the Welsh IYV Steering Group are laying the foundations for its improvement.
The IYV committee worked with the All Stars Talent Show, a local volunteer organization that seeks to encourage youth to use entertainment skills.
"The IYV publicity has helped connect our group with the effort to show that volunteers exist everywhere," she said.
Nickelle Brown could just fit into the new image of the volunteer during the IYV. Brown is in her 20s and won this year's Mayor's Award for Voluntary Service to New York.
The seeds of IYV were sown by several international nongovernmental organizations in the early 1990s, and reached the United Nations system via a policy forum in Japan in 1996.
ASSOCIATION MANAGEMENT interviewed Klas Bergman, chief of external relations, United Nations Volunteers Program (UNV), Bonn, about the details of the IYV initiative, the tools the U.N.
The campaign to recognize volunteers' achievement is part of the United Nations' IYV 2001.
The New York City Committee for the IYV 2001 consists of a coalition of more than 200 nonprofit, government and business organizations.
As an organization, AVA will use IYV 2001 to 1) highlight a number of ongoing resources, 2) debut some initiatives that have been "in the works," and 3) showcase existing resources that can be used by our current and potential members during 2001 for the use in their local communities activities.
As we continue with our mission, AVA, as an organization, will be doing the following during IYV 2001: