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International Volunteer Day


International Volunteer Day (IVD) offers an opportunity for volunteer organizations and individual volunteers to make visible their contributions - at local, national and international levels - to the achievement of the Millennium Development Goals (MDGs).
Apart from mobilising

Expert Advice: Amanda Buenz Makulec on Volunteer-Led Video Projects

We met Powerhouse Volunteer Amanda Buenz Makulec at the UN Foundation/Mashable Social Good Summit.  She was buzzing with energy, wearing many hats as a Monitoring and Evaluations Associate at John Snow Inc and as Washington DC Regional Director (a volunteer position) for One Home Many Hopes, which builds homes for orphaned girls in Kenya.  Amanda helped spearhead the creation of her organization's first video, and her experience is especially relevant for organizations that rely on volunteers for fundraising, outreach and communications.

Lessons learned from her efforts:

-Try to locate a volunteer videographer to create your organization's main "about us" video.  It often is a "win-win" for both you and the videographer, as your video could be a great portfolio-builder, especially for someone just starting out on his/her career.  Side note: try contacting local film schools to see if they have a community service program for their students, or just do a Google search