The Interamerican Centre for Volunteering Development (ICVD) is a key result of the volunteering strengthening efforts and regional strategies in the IFRC Americas Region to provide better services to National Societies (NSs). This initiative is developed by the Volunteering and Youth Development Unit (V&Y) in consultation with NSs in the region, to serve as a multifunctional Centre that can support National Societies to achieve their own objectives related to volunteering development and management.
The objectives of the ICVD are the following:
Support National Societies (NS) in their strategies and objectives to promote and improve the management and development of Volunteering, recognizing that investment in increasing the individual capacity of NS contributes to collective effectiveness as a movement.
Advocate for Volunteering as an ongoing fundamental pillar of Red Cross work, repositioning it at the center of our work while ensuring that our volunteers are protected, motivated, trained and engaged.
"ICVD's approach is to provide personalized and effective support to National Societies in combination with a regional approach, focusing on the needs and characteristics of each National Society and its specific country plans. The range of Volunteer development activities also includes a binding commitment in promoting Volunteering, supporting National Societies in raising the Voice of Volunteers and effectively conveying their issues and concerns to National authorities and relevant stakeholders, and fostering for better integration of Volunteering in all areas programs within the Red Cross."
The Red Cross impacts 150 million people in the world, it is present in 192 countries and territories around the world. With more than 17 million Volunteers.
We are changing the way of communicating, we are changing the way of helping.
-Inter-American Center for Volunteer Development,
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