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Volunteer Today Timeline - A Look Back


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1983 1984 1985 1986 1987 1988 1989

Pre-1983
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  • In 1982, the Volunteer Service Bureau of the United Way of Southern Chautauqua County, located in Jamestown, New York (which I directed at that time) coordinated a special Volunteer Week event. During National Volunteer week that year green and yellow buttons which said "I Volunteer" were made available to organizations, agencies, churches, schools and businesses for their volunteers. A total of 6,000 buttons were ordered and worn by community residents during that week. Everywhere you would go in Jamestown that week there would be people wearing buttons and everyone seemed amazed and delighted by the nature and scope of local volunteer efforts. Local merchants joined in the recognition by serving free coffee, offering discounts on merchandise and other promotions. Two months later we still found individuals wearing their buttons! Submitted by: Pat Smith
1983
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  • Cabbage Patch Kids were first released
  • Camcorders are introduced
  • Final Episode of M*A*S*H airs to record breaking audiences
  • Sally ride Becomes the First woman in space on the Challenger
  • French scientist Dr. Luc Montagnier discovers HIV
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  • ICVA - Milwaukee, Wisconsin -¯The Practice of Excellence²
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  • In 1983, I was a senior in high school. Since I was 13, I'd held various part time jobs, so my dad told me to take time off from working and do something special during my senior year. I ended up volunteering as a reading tutor for children who were physically and/or emotionally abused. It was such a rewarding experience to watch these children grow and learn during that year. I have pictures that I took with them on my last day and they are photos that I will treasure forever. Submitted by: Elizabeth Beech

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1984
World Events:
  • Happenings in the world in 1984
  • The Cosby Show premiers
  • Indira Gandhi is assassinated
  • Geraldine Ferraro becomes the first female Vice President Running mate with Walter Mondale
  • AIDS virus is discovered
  • Jan. 28, Michael Jackson’s hair catches fire while shooting a Pepsi commercial
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  • ICVA - Ashville, North Carolina -"Building a Bridge to our Future"
  • Olympic Summer Games Los Angeles 1984 - 28,742 volunteers
  • Olympic Winter Games Sarajevo 1984 - 10,450 volunteers
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1985
World Events:
  • Happenings in the world in 1985
  • The year of Live Aid
  • Crack Cocaine appears
  • Gorbachev becomes the last President of the USSR
  • The Titanic wreckage is found and recorded by a robotic camera
  • Nintendo home entertainment system introduced
  • Rock and Roll Hall of Fame is opened
  • Rock Hudson dies from AIDS; he is the first public figure to succumb to the AIDS virus
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  • ICVA - Seattle, Washington - "A Sound Approach"
  • The first Certified Volunteer Administrator (CVA) credential was awarded (AVA)
  • The Kind Day of Service is founded. Hundreds of thousands of Americans across the country remembered Dr. King by serving – by making the holiday "A day ON, Not a day off."
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1986
World Events:
  • Happenings in the world in 1986
  • January 28, the spaceshuttle Challenger explodes seconds after taking off, killing everyone on board
  • Fox Network starts in America
  • Iran Contra Scandal is reported in a Lebanese magazine
  • Return of Haley’s Comet
  • AM Chicago changes it’s name to The Oprah Winfrey Show and goes into national syndication
  • America celebrates Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Day as a national holiday for the first time
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  • ICVA - Buffalo, New York - "Silver Reflections - Golden Vision"s
  • The first Habitat for Humanity affiliate in Canada is approved
  • President Ronald Reagan creates Take Pride in America to have Americans to share in the responsibility of protecting our public lands by lending their skills, resources and volunteer labor.
  • YOUTH SERVICE AMERICA (YSA) is founded
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1987
World Events:
  • Happenings in the world in 1987
  • INF agreement between US and USSR
  • Condom commercials begin to appear on TV for the first time
  • Les Miserables wins 8 Tony Awards, including Best Musical
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  • March - 1st issue of Paper Version of Volunteer Today is printed and mailed (snail mail)
  • ICVA - Chicago, Illinois - "Reaching New Heights"
  • Habitat for Humanity is formed in Australia
  • The Red Cross Launches its HIV/AIDS Prevention Program Aimed at Young People
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1988
World Events:
  • Happenings in the world in 1988
  • CDs outsell vinyl for the first time ever
  • PanAM Flight 103 explodes over Scotland; Libyan terrorists are suspected of planting the bomb
  • Prozac is introduced as an antidepressant
  • Iran-Iraqi war ends
  • Fires in Yellow stone National Park
  • Human Genome project begins
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  • International Association for Volunteer Effort - World Conference in Washington DC, USA
  • ICVA - Denver, Colorado - "Designing Tomorrow Today"
  • Olympic Summer Games Seoul 1988 - 27,221 volunteers
  • Olympic Winter Games Calgary 1988 - 9,498 volunteers
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1989
World Events:
  • Happenings in the world in 1989
  • Nov. 9, Fall of the Berlin Wall
  • Exxon Valdez oil disaster in Alaska
  • April 26, Lucille Ball dies
  • Milli Vanilli gets Best New Artist Grammy, which is later removed after it is discovered that the duo was lip synching
  • Pete Rose is banned from Baseball for betting on games
  • Collin Powell is appointed Joint Chiefs of Staff, the highest army post ever held by an African American
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  • ICVA - Washington, D.C. - "Leadership a Capital Investment"
  • Hurricane Hugo strikes South Carolina -- all Habitat for Humanity houses in the state survive
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  • March 1989, Georgean Johnson-Coffey, Ginny McCasky and Jane Wutrich co-founded Northeast Indiana Association of Volunteer Administers (NIAVA)
  • As a public health nurse in southern New Hampshire, Cynthia L. of Concord New Hampshire had to give HIV positive results to her first client who had come in earlier for testing. Realizing there were few support services available she cofounded a self help support group for people living with or affected by HIV/AIDS. She facilitated the group for 5 years and it is still helping people today. Cynthia says, "Volunteering in this fashion changed my life. Hopefully, someday there will be a time when these groups are not needed."
  • In January 1989 more than 1800 Volunteers from throughout the U.S. met in Vail, Colorado to participate in the 1989 World Alpine Ski Championships. Many dignitaries from Europe and the Federation Internationale du Ski were amazed at the numbers of volunteers helping without being paid. They said that would never have happened in their countries. Just another tribute to the Spirit of Volunteerism in the U.S.! I was honored to be chosen as the Volunteer Coordinator for the Ambassador Program. We had a blast! Submitted by: Gilda Kaplan

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1990 1991 1992 1993 1994 1995 1996 1997 1998 1999

1990
World Events:
  • Happenings in the world in 1990
  • Margaret Thatcher resigns as Great Brittan’s Prime Minister in November; she is replaced by John Major
  • Iraq invades Kuwait
  • Jack Kevorkian assists his first suicide
  • Hubble space telescope is launched
  • Nelson Mandela is freed from prison
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  • The Red Cross opened its Holocaust and War Victims Tracing and Information Center
  • ICVA - Kansas City, Missouri - "Toward the year 2000 - The Volunteer Challenge"
  • 156 Red Cross workers served with distinction alongside U.S. armed forces in the Gulf War, providing over 200,000 emergency messages concerning births, deaths, critical illnesses, and extreme family problems
  • The Points of Light Foundation, is founded by former President George Bush. POLF is a national, nonpartisan, nonprofit organization that promotes volunteerism.
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1991
World Events:
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  • Iraq is attacked by UN Troops
  • Soviet Union ends; creation of the Russian Republic
  • First address to US Congress by a British Monarch (May 16, Queen Elizabeth II)
  • 4 LA police officers beat Rodney King, and are caught on video
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  • Habitat for Humanity first all-women-built house is completed in Charlotte, N.C
  • ICVA - Atlanta, Georgia - "Think Globally - Act Locally"
  • Make a Difference Day is founded
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1992
World Events:
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  • The Tonight Show with Johnny Carson airs for the last time
  • Clinton is elected President, defeating incumbent George Bush
  • The not-guilty verdict for the officers involved in the Rodney King beating starts mass rioting in LA
  • Hurricane Andrew hits Florida
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  • ICVA - Minneapolis, Minnesota - "Dare to Dive Deep"
  • Olympic Summer Games Barcelona 1992 - 34,548 volunteers
  • Olympic Winter Games Albertville 1992 - 8,647 volunteers
  • Hurricane Andrew strikes south Florida -- all 27 Habitat for Humanity houses in the Miami, Florida, area survive
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  • In 1992, based upon the spirit of volunteerism shown in the 1989 World Alpine Ski Championships in Vail, Colorado, what is now the largest volunteer Guest Services mountain hospitality program in the world was created. We currently are in our 11th Season providing services to Vail visitors, and have 140 volunteers who ski Vail Mountain 7 days a week looking to help where ever they can. I am very proud to have helped Vail Resorts initiate what we call our "Community Guest Services". Thanks to these mountain "red coats", we can provide assistance and help make our visitors' stay a pleasant one. Submitted by: Gilda Kaplan

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1993
World Events:
  • Happenings in the world in 1993
  • Waco tragedy
  • Israel and PLO sign a Peace Accord after 45 years of fighting
  • The first combat roles for women are created in the US armed forces
  • Explosion in the basement of the WTC, in NYC
  • Michael Jordan retires to play baseball (he returns 17 months later)
  • New Kids on the Block call it quits after 7 years of success
  • Final episode of Cheers airs
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  • AmeriCorps, part of the Corporation for National and Community Service, is created.
  • ICVA - Little Rock, Arkansas - "Polish your Potential"
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1994
World Events:
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  • Blacks win the right to vote in South Africa; Mandela wins with 60% of the votes
  • IRA peace talks result in a cease fire
  • Nancy Kerrigan is attacked 1 month before the ’94 Winter Olympics by the boyfriend of her rival, Tanya Harding
  • Whitewater scandal begins to be investigated
  • Nicole Brown Simpson and Ronald Goldman are murdered. OJ Simpson took flight, resulting in a low-speed police chase
  • Jackie Kennedy Onassis is laid to rest next to JFK
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  • Olympic Winter Games Lillehammer 1994 - 9,054 volunteers
  • Corporation for National and Community Service Founded
  • ICVA - Anaheim, California - "Kaleidoscope - Changing Patterns in Volunteerism"
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1995
World Events:
  • Happenings in the world in 1995
  • Oklahoma City Bombing
  • OJ Simpson found not-guilty in the murder of his ex-wife and her lover
  • First Tibetan Freedom concert is organized by Adam Yauch of the Beastie Boys
  • Dr. Bernard A Harris Jr. becomes the first African American to walk in space
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  • 9,000 local volunteers (Red Cross) were joined by others from across the nation, helping the victims cope with tragedy and trauma of the Bombing of the Federal Building in Oklahoma City
  • ICVA - Boston, Massachusetts - "Navigating to New Worlds of Volunteerism"
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1996
World Events:
  • Happenings in the world in 1996
  • Prince Charles and Princess Diana divorce after 15 years of marriage.
  • The Unabomber, Ted Kaczynski, is arrested in Montana.
  • US Military barracks are bombed in Saudi Arabia.
  • Flight 800 from NY crashes killing all on board.
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  • ICVA - Calgary, Alberta, CAN - "Pioneering a New Brand of Community"
  • Olympic Summer Games Atlanta 1996 - 47,466 volunteers.
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1997
World Events:
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  • Hong Kong is granted independence from England, and returned to China.
  • Scientists clone Dolly the sheep.
  • Timothy McVeigh found guilty.
  • Princes Diana and her boyfriend Dodi Fayed are killed in a car crash in Paris.
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  • ICVA - Norfolk, Virginia - "Celebrate the Magic"
  • POLF - June 29-July 2, 1997 - New York City, NY
    "Real People Connecting for Real Solutions"
  • America's Promise was founded after the Presidents' Summit for America's Future, April 27-29, 1997.
  • AVA launched its first web site and moved its offices to Richmond, Virginia.
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1998
World Events:
  • Happenings in the world in 1998
  • President Clinton admits to the Lewinsky affair.
  • John Glenn returns to space at the age of 77, becoming the oldest man in space.
  • Mark McGuire hits 70 homeruns breaking the previous homerun record set in 1961.
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  • ICVA - Dallas/Ft. Worth, Texas - "Stellar Solutions - Exploring the World of Volunteerism"
  • Olympic Winter Games Nagano 1998 - 32,000 volunteers.
  • POLF - June 27-30 - 1998 - New Orleans, LA - "The Gumbo of Service: A Recipe for Action"
  • Habitat for Humanity ranks as the 15th largest homebuilder in the United States.
  • VolunteerMatch.org is launched.
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1999
World Events:
  • Happenings in the world in 1999
  • Columbine tragedy.
  • US Women’s Soccer Team wins the World Cup.
  • World Trade Organizations Protests in Seattle.
  • Panama Canal is handed back to Panama.
  • Pokemon fever grips America.
  • Elian Gonzales Custody battle.
  • Y2K Scare.
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  • ICVA - Chicago, Illinois - "One World, One Purpose -- Service to Others"
  • POLF - June 6-9, 1999 - Las Vegas, NV - "Winning Big with National and Community Service"
  • JOIN HANDS DAY "It starts with Us" was born.
  • Global Youth Service Day (GYSD) is founded.
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2000 2001 2002 2003 2004

2000
World Events:
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  • Y2K Scare is over.
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  • ICVA - Phoenix, Arizona - "Our Spirits Soar!"
  • Olympic Summer Games - Sydney 2000 - 46,967 volunteers
  • POLF - June 24-28, 2000 - Orlando, FL - "Fulfilling the Promise of America: Focus 2000: Children and Youth"
  • The American Red Cross is the winner of the Yahoo! Auctions sale of the famous Ryder truck whose last "move" was to transport more that 450,000 disputed presidential ballots in the 2000 election from Palm Beach to Tallahassee, Florida, for possible recount in the state capital. $67,000 was donated to the Red Cross.
  • On October 27, 2000, Congress passed the Cardiac Arrest Survival Act leading to the placement of Automated External Defibrillators (AEDs) in all federal buildings (Red Cross)
  • American Red Cross created a Safe Schools Task Force to develop and implement a comprehensive nationwide program to address youth violence in American communities.
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2001
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  • September 11, 2001 – Volunteering Statistics – Red Cross Assigned 57,434 volunteers and staff to assist in tragedy.
  • ICVA - Toronto, Ontario, CAN - "Mosaic"
  • POLF - June 28-July 1, 2001 - Minneapolis, MN - "The Year that Changes the World: Celebrating the International Year of Volunteers"
  • The United Nations declares 2001 as International Year of the Volunteer.
  • Toronto, Canada - ICVA Conference - AVA and IAVE develop a Universal Declaration on Leading and Managing Volunteers as a new vehicle for articulating the value of this role globally.
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2002
World Events:
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  • Enron collapse takes heavy toll on January 12th. Investors and employees hard-hit by one of the largest bankruptcies in the history of American business.
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  • ICVA - Denver, Colorado - "Connection Points"
  • Olympic Winter Games Salt Lake City 2002 - 22,000 volunteers
  • POLF - June 9-11, 2002 - Salt Lake City, UT - "Sharing the American Spirit"
  • The USA Freedom Corps, was launched to help Americans answer President George W. Bush's nationwide call to service.
  • Citizen Corps programs are established to support local efforts to engage individuals in helping communities prevent, prepare for, and respond to crime, natural disasters and terrorist attacks.
  • Business Strengthening America is established - a self directed initiative to engage employees and consumers in civic participation and volunteer service.
  • One Day's Pay, was founded as a national day of voluntary service to honor the victims, family members, and survivors of the attacks on America, as well as the rescue and recovery workers and the thousands of volunteers who gave so much on and following September 11.
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2003
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  • "The West Wing" airs an episode titled "Disaster Relief" that will depict American Red Cross assistance in the aftermath of an Oklahoma tornado.
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  • ICVA - Cincinnati, Ohio - "Voyages -- Full Steam Ahead"
  • POLF - June 8-10, 2003 - Baltimore, MD - "Building a Culture of Service - Neighbor to Neighbor"
  • The President's Council on Service and Civic Participation was formed to encourage and recognize outstanding and dedicated volunteer activity on a massive nationwide scale.
  • Secretary of Interior Gale Norton re-launched Take Pride in America to encourage more Americans to demonstrate their citizen stewardship by volunteering to improve our parks, refuges, recreation areas and culture and historical sites.
  • Volunteers for Prosperity which provides opportunities for highly skilled American professionals in a variety of fields to volunteer for flexible terms in developing countries and emerging economies overseas.
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  • New Volunteer Center in Baltimore, MD opened on September 18th, just days after Hurricane Isabel floods Baltimore County communities.
  • In 2003, Meals On Wheels of Winnipeg delivered 169,704 meals to clients in Winnipeg. Presently, sixty Volunteers deliver meals to 550 clients each day. Limited weekend service has been established and fourteen hospitals and nursing homes now supply meals for the the agency. With the aid of dietitians, a variety of dietary needs are accommodated. The program is funded for administration by the Winnipeg Regional Health Authority, the United Way and the Winnipeg Foundation. Clients pay cost for the meals.
    More than 700 Volunteers are involved delivering meals in Winnipeg. Of these, 109 Volunteers have volunteered for 15 years or more. In 2003, Meals On Wheels won the Mayor's Award for mobilization of the most Volunteers in Winnipeg for that year.
    Meals On Wheels of Winnipeg began in 1965 when the "Welfare Council of Greater Winnipeg" completed a study of homemaker services. The report recommended the development of a meal delivery service for home-bound, aged and infirm people who were unable to prepare meals for themselves. The"Home Welfare Association " took on this task. A three year pilot project was funded and the first meals were delivered on June 30, 1965. In the first year, 10,308 meals were delivered by Volunteers.
    In 2005, Meals On Wheels will celebrate 40 years of service to the residents of Winnipeg. Submitted by: Shirley Murray

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2004
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  • POLF - June 6-8, 2004 - Kansas City, MO - "Changing Our Communities - One Volunteer at a Time"
  • Olympic Summer Games Athens 2004 - # of volunteers ????
  • ICVA - Portland, Oregon - "Journey of Discovery: Charting Your Course"
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  • The National Council on Alcoholism and other Drug Addictions-Bay Area began in 1957 in San Francisco, California. Largely a volunteer effort, volunteers answer our 24-hour Helpline, provide one on one consultations with individuals concerned about their own or another's substance use and work on prevention efforts to educate the public about the disease of alcoholism and other drug addictions. Each year volunteers contribute over 8000 volunteer hours to the NCADA-BA. That translates to 376,000 hours of volunteer efforts over the past 47 years! Submitted by: Shelli Rawlings-Fein

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WSU ONLINE CERTIFICATE IN VOLUNTEER MANAGEMENT

Washington State University offers a Volunteer Management Certification Program through the Internet. Individuals around the world can earn a certificate in managing or coordinating volunteers, without leaving home. For more information, visit Volunteer Today's Portal site, Internet Resources. Look for the Washington State University listing. There is a hot link to their Web site.


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