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

A Thank You to Our Volunteers on International Volunteer Day

December 5 is International Volunteer Day, established in 1985 by the United Nations as a day for celebrating and honoring volunteerism around the world. The OTW Board — both current and incoming members — wants to take this opportunity to say a heartfelt THANK YOU to all of the volunteers who make up the OTW.

More than 400 fans around the world currently volunteer at varying levels within the OTW; in almost every time zone, there is at least one OTW volunteer donating time, energy, and love to this organization and to fandom. We exist because of you.

Thank you to everyone involved with Accessibility, Design, & Technology (including all of the AO3 coders and testers); everyone involved with Abuse, Communications, and Content; everyone involved with Development & Membership; everyone who helps keep a eye on our Financial picture; everyone involved with Internationalization & Outreach; everyone involved with our Legal team; everyone involved with the Open Doors project; everyone involved with Support; everyone involved with Tag Wrangling and Translation; everyone involved with Transformative Works & Cultures and the Symposium blog; everyone involved with Systems and with our Wiki committee (and all of the gardeners and editors at Fanlore, too!); all of our Webmasters; everyone involved with our Vidding projects; and last but not least, our Volunteers & Recruiting team.

And hey: if you’re interested in becoming one of our volunteers, please fill out our volunteer interest form — we’d love to have you join us in 2012!

In commemoration of International Volunteer Day, we tip our virtual hats to each and every one of you. Thank you so much for all of the work that you do.

All our gratitude,

The OTW Board