Volunteers across the world will be recognised on December 5 with International Volunteer Day.
The theme for this year is 'volunteer now for our future', which Tasmanians are already embracing.
"Statistics show that more than 68 per cent of Tasmanians 15 years and older volunteer some 68 million volunteer hours. That is around 297,000 people donating their time for our community," Labor Senator Carol Brown said.
"That makes Tassie's volunteers our largest economic sector, enabling at least $4 billion in benefits to the Tasmanian economy.
"I say thank you and encourage everyone else today to thank a volunteer."
Along with the international day, Tasmanians have been encouraged to show support and nominate volunteers in this year's Tasmanian Volunteering Awards.
Volunteering Tasmania chief executive Dr Lisa Schimanski said the awards were a perfect way for people to recognise contributions by nominating a volunteer or volunteer program.
"Volunteering is not measured through the number of hours people give, but by the connection and impact of what they're doing," she said.
"It doesn't matter if you are giving one hour a week, a few hours each month, one day a year or more, collectively volunteers are contributing an estimated $4 billion dollars to Tasmania each year and most importantly, making an enormous difference in our communities."
The categories are the Arts, Heritage, Tourism and Events Volunteer Award; Community Care and Health Volunteer Award; Sport, Recreation and Service Group Volunteer Award; Volunteer Group or Program Award; Best Practice in Volunteer Management Award; Emergency Services Volunteer Award; Environment, Animal Care and Conservation Volunteer Award; Education, Science and Technology Volunteer Award; Lifetime Achievement Volunteering Award; and the Youth Volunteer Award.
Nominations open December 5 and close on March 14. Winners will be announced on May 20 during National Volunteer Week. More information is available at volunteeringtas.org.au/2022-tasmanian-volunteer-awards.
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