Volunteerism is one of the contributions that we, as general citizens of our society, use to impact positive developments within our world. Mandated by the United Nations General Assembly in 1985, December 5th is annually recognized as International Volunteer Day. This celebration gives organizations and volunteers the opportunity to make their efforts and contributions recognized on a local, national, and international level by agencies, communities, government authorities, and more.
The calls to action that volunteerism represent highlight the initiative of people to come together and improve the quality of life for all beneficiaries. The United Nations Volunteers Programme mobilizes UN volunteers to serve in UN agencies, in both peacekeeping operations and development programs. Their dual mission of promoting volunteerism and mobilizing volunteers has been practical, in parts due to their online volunteering service. This service allows organizations and volunteers to team up and tackle sustainable development challenges through online volunteering from any device.
According to the U.S Bureau of Labor Statistics, about 62.5 million people volunteered through or for an organization in 2015. The importance of volunteerism is not to be understated, as it is estimated that American volunteers complete the equivalence in work, of about 9 million full time employees. Everyone has the choice of volunteering, as there are thousands of different ways to make a positive and sustainable difference in your, or someone else’s community.
All it takes is one action to make the world a better place for everyone to share. Whether you donate your time at a youth center, volunteer to be a tutor, or even provide disaster relief for those in need, your efforts help change lives for the better on a daily basis. Public service and volunteer opportunities are available through numerous federal organizations such as the Peace Corps, Citizen Corps, Joining Forces, and many more. International Volunteer Day not only recognizes volunteerism, but it celebrates the kindness and selflessness that millions of people display on a day to day basis, for the greater good of society and humanity as a whole.
For International Volunteer Day 2016, recognize those who dedicate their time to creating a better community for everybody involved or take the initiative to become a volunteer yourself. You can get started by using our site to create a list of charities that match your interests and are located near your home. Then follow up with each charity directly to find out how you can help. Be sure to check out our Guide To Volunteering for more tips.