International Volunteer Day (IVD) on 5 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 organizations, to raise awareness of, and gain an understanding of, the contribution they make to their communities. It is also viewed as a unique chance for volunteers and organizations to celebrate their efforts, to share their values, and promote their work among their communities, non-governmental organizations (NG0’s), United Nations agencies, government authorities, and the private sector.
The act of volunteering is found in all cultures, languages, and religions. Each year, hundreds of millions of people volunteer their time and skills to help make the world a better place. When they volunteer, they help to improve the lives of others. And when they volunteer, they also gain a greater sense of belonging to their communities.
On 5 December, people around the world will celebrate IVD with rallies, parades, volunteer fairs, group clean-ups, blood donations, conferences, exhibitions, fundraising, workshops, and volunteer recognition events.
UNV’s campaign, “Together, act now”, encourages unity and urgent action and drives outreach aimed at promoting, mobilizing, and advocating for volunteerism as well as recognizing the invaluable contribution of volunteers worldwide.
In addition to the call to action and campaign hashtag, #TogetherActNow, we encourage you to use the key messages on the social media posts and templates you can find on our Trello board to highlight the theme of solidarity and the positive benefits of volunteerism.
Thank you for your engagement in International Volunteer Day 2022.