International Volunteer Day Open Letter

Dear OTW volunteers,

In 1985, the United Nations established December 5 as International Volunteer Day—a day for celebrating and honoring volunteerism around the world. The Board members of OTW want to take this opportunity to say THANK YOU to all of the volunteers who keep us going.

Right now, we number more than 400 active volunteers and volunteer-staff running 18 committees and 7 workgroups; keeping AO3 online and functioning; building Fanlore; editing Transformative Works & Cultures; preserving fansites through Open Doors; and providing legal resources for fans across the globe. We balance the books and manage the official OTW sites; we recruit and coordinate our volunteer base; and we wrangle the tags and answer the tickets. We raise money and build our membership; we provide translations and network with fans in dozens of countries, using a range of communication outlets to give voice to folks across thousands of fandoms.

We do it all while working in almost every time zone, around the clock, with every single one of us giving our time, energy, and love to truly make this an organization for fans, by fans.

Whether you just joined us this year or if you’ve been around since the beginning five years ago, we thank you for your dedication to OTW and the hard work you do.

In solidarity and gratitude,
The 2012 & 2013 OTW Board
Andrea Horbinski
Eylul Dogruel
Francesca Coppa
Franzeska Dickson
Ira Gladkova
Julia Beck
Kristen Murphy
Naomi Novik
Nikisha Sanders