Volunteers are committed advocates of making the world a better place.
From local community volunteers to those on the frontline of natural disasters, volunteers are quintessential to humanity – a billion volunteers globally are bringing communities together.
There are many benefits of volunteering and it is safe to say that people who share the volunteer spirit change the world. When volunteers show up and step up they become global citizens who highlight our common future on this planet.
Thus, International Volunteer Day (IVD), on 05 December, was designated by the United Nations in 1985 as an international observance day to celebrate the power and potential of volunteerism.
It is an opportunity for volunteers and volunteer-involving organizations to raise awareness of, and gain recognition for, the contribution they make to their communities.
The Day is an opportunity for us all 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.
This year’s theme is “Together We Can Through Volunteering”.
The campaign will thank volunteers worldwide and shed light on the difficulties and needs of volunteers during the pandemic.
Let’s celebrate the power of volunteers and reinvigorate volunteering after the profound and ongoing impact of COVID-19.
„Volunteers, you are the symbol of hope and dignity to the people who may have lost hope and dignity“ –IFRC Secretary General
“To give back as a volunteer fosters and invests in the community. Volunteering is embedded in the ethos, spirit, and power that it brings to a sense of community,”Achim Steiner, UNDP Administrator