INTERNATIONAL VOLUNTEER DAY FOR ECONOMIC AND SOCIAL DEVELOPMENT
Also referred to as International Volunteer Day (IVD), December 5th celebrates the people and the organizations who volunteer their time and energy to make other peoples’ lives better.
What greater gesture of peace is there but the actions of a volunteer? From the volunteer fire fighter to a group who organizes toy collections for young children, every act of volunteerism is an act of kindness, a way to pay it forward with no expectation of a kindness or payment in return. International Volunteer Day is the day to recognize volunteers and to invigorate volunteerism.
Do you volunteer? If so, take time to reflect on the achievements of your organization, and how it can continue to have a positive impact on your community. If not, seek out a service organization and learn more about them. Offer your time or skills. There are literally thousands of service organizations with a variety of needs. For more information on volunteering visit www.volunteeractioncounts.org. Use #VolunteerDayForEconomicAndSocialDevelopment to post on social media.
The resolution for International Volunteer Day was adopted by the U.N. General Assembly in 1985. The day has provided opportunities for organizations, governments, foundations and individuals to set and obtain goals and to recognize the efforts of volunteers from all walks of life.