The International Association for Volunteer Effort (IAVE) is an international non-governmental organization that promotes, celebrates, and strengthens volunteerism worldwide. IAVE’s commitment is to volunteering that:

  • Invites the entire community to identify and address the challenges, opportunities and problems which face it;
  • Encourages and enables people of all ages and from all sectors of society to take leadership through participation in service and social action;
  • Complements but does not substitute for responsible action by other sectors and the efforts of paid workers;
  • Enables people to acquire new knowledge and skill to develop their potential, self-reliance and creativity.