International Volunteer Day
International Volunteer Day has been commemorated on December 5th of every year. Today, finding the volunteers for doing any service based work is hard. Even after finding them, most often their works are left unrecognized and unappreciated. The volunteers are those who bring out a positive change in natural and man made disasters. They make the world a better place to live in during such unavoidable situations. So why don’t we take a Day of celebration for these selfless volunteer workers from all over the world? International Volunteer Day 2017 is only for those people who work tirelessly for the welfare of other people and their incredible voluntary contributions.
“Be of service. Whether you make yourself available to a friend or co-worker, or you make time every month to do volunteer work, there is nothing that harvests more of a feeling of empowerment than being of service to someone in need.” – Gillian Anderson
History of International Volunteer Day
The first International Volunteer Day (IVD) was held in the year 1985. United Nations (UN) has established this celebration Day. It is originally and still known as International Volunteer Day for Economic and Social Development. The Day gives a great chance for both the volunteer organizations and individual volunteers to make their contributions visible. It honours their efforts at local, national and international levels. Volunteers can showcase the difference they make in their communities. The celebration Day gives the volunteers with an opportunity to work jointly on projects and campaigns. IVD promotes the contributions of every volunteer to the economic and social development from local to national and international level.
Many non-governmental organizations like Red Cross, scouts and others have marked the IVD. The Day is also marked and supported by the United Nations Volunteers. Apart from enlisting thousands of volunteers every year, the United Nations Volunteers (UNV) programme works in close collaboration with its partner organization and governments to establish national volunteer programmes. It is thereby aiming at creating structures that foster and sustain local volunteerism in the countries. IVD also focuses on exciting the people to offer their services as volunteers, both at home and away. It also recognizes the participation of the online volunteers towards the achievement of the Millennium Development Goals (MDGs).
By combining United Nations support, IVD provides a unique opportunity for the people and volunteer-involving organizations to operate with the government agencies, non-profit institutions, community groups, academia and the private sector. Various events, activities are held across the globe to honour and acknowledge the contribution and the outstanding work of volunteers to improve the world for a better future. The volunteers can take necessary action for the sustainable human development by assisting the activities of development organizations over the Internet through the Online Volunteering service.
Other Celebrations on December 5
December 5 is also celebrated as
How to Celebrate International Volunteer Day
Celebrating the International Volunteer Day is very simple. You can volunteer yourself in providing your help and support for the people of your location and their need as the better start. Involve yourself in activities like voluntary community projects. Participate in the marches, parades, or rallies that discuss volunteers and their timely work. You can promote the impact of volunteering with events like eradicating poverty, promote gender equality, and ensure environmental sustainability. Indulge yourself as a volunteer to take action for the sustainable human development through supporting the activities of development organizations over the Internet. Share your views and celebrations on the social media using the hashtag #VolunteerDay.