Volunteers act first. Here. Everywhere.
Today, 5 December, we celebrate International Volunteer Day (IVD). This year, we showcase volunteers in both developing and industrialized countries – and at the local, national and international level – who respond to people’s needs in crisis situations: those affected by political instability and armed conflicts, natural disasters, forced migration, health emergencies and in food crises. IVD is an opportunity to raise awareness around the role volunteers play responding to crises, despite the insecurity they often face.
Volunteers are all around us, answering the call in times of need. Volunteers are often the first to offer support in times of crisis and instability; they help people and communities being pushed to the brink. Volunteers risk their lives every day to care for people affected by conflict, violence and humanitarian crises. They brave many dangers to help those in their communities and further afield in other countries, driven by the desire to make a difference in the face of human suffering.
We ask you to please join us in our online celebration of volunteerism on 5 December by using the #IVD2017 and #VolunteersActFirst on Twitter and other social media to raise awareness of the incredible work being done globally by volunteers.
We invite you to watch to UNV’s Executive Coordinator Olivier Adam and the United Nations Development Programme’s (UNDP) Administrator Achim Steiner as they speak to the importance and value of volunteerism and IVD.
For further information on IVD, please see the IVD webpage. Additionally, should wish to access the logos and other graphics, please click here.