International Volunteer Day 2018What would the world be without volunteers? Not nearly as great a place as it is. We celebrate International Volunteer Day 2018 to give due respect to those wonderful souls who volunteer.

Created by the United Nations, we bring you their 2018 statement – “Volunteers Build Resilient Communities”:

International Volunteer Day (IVD)

Mandated by the UN General Assembly and held each year on 5 December. It is viewed as a unique chance for volunteers and organizations to celebrate their efforts, to share their values, and to promote their work among their communities, non-governmental organizations (NGOs), United Nations agencies, government authorities and the private sector.

Apart from mobilizing thousands of volunteers every year, the United Nations Volunteers (UNV) program contributes to peace and development by advocating for the recognition of volunteers and working with partners to integrate volunteerism into development programming.

International Volunteer Day 2018 – “Volunteers Build Resilient Communities”

This year, IVD celebrates volunteer efforts that strengthen local ownership and the resilience of the community in the face of natural disasters, economic stresses and political shocks. The event on 5 December 2018 will focus on how volunteers can build resilient communities.

The United Nations Volunteers (UNV) program is mandated to support and promote IVD celebrations worldwide. Apart from mobilizing thousands of volunteers every year, UNV contributes to peace and development by advocating for the recognition of volunteers and working with partners to integrate volunteerism into development programming. Every year, over 6,500 UN Volunteers serve with UN entities in some of the most challenging environments across the world, and 12,000 UN Online Volunteers complete over 20,000 assignments online through the UNV Online Volunteering service.

The Secretary-General Antonio Guterres had this to say about volunteers on International Volunteer Day 2018:

There are approximately 1 billion volunteers across the globe, who dedicate their time, skills and passion to make the world a better place. They are often the first to act in moments of crisis. They create social bonds and give a voice to marginalized and vulnerable groups. And as the theme of this year’s observance highlights, they help build resilient communities, equipping people against natural disasters, political instability, economic shocks and other pressures.
In Malawi, UN volunteers have worked as interpreters, connecting refugees to institutions that provide assistance. In Sri Lanka, they have helped develop a project to empower women and youth to participate in peace building efforts. In Tuvalu, UN volunteers have collaborated with the Ministry of Health to strengthen community safeguards against tuberculosis and HIV/AIDS.
The diverse and dynamic role of volunteerism in promoting the Sustainable Development Goals merits strong support from Governments and other stakeholders. On this International Day, I thank volunteers for their efforts to leave no one behind.

We appreciate the volunteers not only on a global stage, but those who volunteer their time and resources for man and animals. Especially those who volunteer at rescues, shelters and the humane society facilities.

Related articles that may interest you – National Animal Shelter & Rescue Appreciation Week and Invite Shelter Pets for a Thanksgiving Feast.

Attribution – UnitedNations.org