Saturday, December 5th, 2020 marks International Volunteer Day (IVD). IVD is an international observance that was mandated by the UN General Assembly in 1985 and is typically a day designated to promote volunteerism, encourage governments to support volunteer efforts and recognize volunteer contributions to the achievement of the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) at local, national, and international levels. And if there ever were a year to celebrate volunteers – especially in the realm of civil liberties – this year would definitely be it! In the US in particular, the 2020 General Election resulted in countless volunteers who utilized their energy to register and inform voters, work poll locations on November 3rd, and serve as Election Protection volunteers. The ACLU of Ohio’s Organizing, Legal, and Policy departments also took part in these efforts and mobilized over 100 volunteers to protect voting rights. These individuals worked tirelessly around the clock, engaging over 130,000 Ohioans to educate them on how to register to vote, the different ways one could cast their ballot, poll times, and offering the gentle reminder that their vote counted. However, this is nothing new. The ACLU and the ACLU of Ohio have a rich history of volunteers doing their part in protecting civil liberties across the nation. For the ACLU of Ohio, we have been lucky throughout our years to have volunteers contributing their time in various avenues by being active members of our Action Team and ACLU of Ohio Board, speaking on behalf of our organization for our Speakers Bureau, and volunteering to work in our offices in Cleveland and Columbus for our Development and Legal departments. And for International Volunteer Day, we wanted to highlight some of them for their amazing work. Joseph Mead – Associate General Counsel, ACLU of Ohio Board & Volunteer Attorney “I am grateful to have been able to work with the outstanding ACLU legal team and our brave clients in the fight for justice. It's been a professional highlight to be part of the team that has secured so many big wins for the Constitution in Ohio.” **We’d also like to take this opportunity to wish Joe a bittersweet farewell as he embarks on a new journey outside of Ohio. Joe’s work, especially in the legal realm, has been invaluable, and we wouldn’t have achieved the victories that we have over the last several years without him. Good luck to you, Joe!** Dr. Hasan Kwame Jeffries – ACLU of Ohio Board President, March 2018 – March 2021our Instagram every Thursday for our Thankful Thursday series in which we shine the spotlight on Action Team volunteers and all the incredible work they’ve been doing in Cleveland, Columbus, Cincinnati, and beyond!