Monday, December 5

International Volunteer Day

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Today is International Volunteer Day which was established by The United Nations GA (General Assembly) in 1985. It has been celebrated worldwide as millions of volunteers are involved with various activities like clean-up campaigns, exhibits, and conferences among others. 

What do people do?
This day hopes to heighten people’s and governments’ awareness of the voluntary contributions. It also focuses on stimulating people to offer their services as volunteers, both at home and abroad. Over the years, governments, businesses, nonprofit organizations, and individuals contribute the International Volunteer Day through various activities including:

1. Voluntary community projects.
2. Parades, marches, or rallies.
3. Award ceremonies for volunteers who made significant contributions to their communities.
4. “Time donation” campaigns that involve people pledging hours of voluntary service to specific projects.
5. Companies launching voluntary programs as part of their corporate responsibility.
6. Volunteer competitions.

    Activities and events for the day help promote the impact of volunteering and the UN’s Millennium Development Goals, via volunteering to:

    1. Help eradicate poverty.
    2. Achieve universal primary education.
    3. Promote gender equality and empower women.
    4. Reduce child mortality and to improve maternal health.
    5. Reverse the spread of HIV/AIDS, malaria and other major diseases.
    6. Help ensure environmental sustainability.
        Many people participate in many of these events through the World Volunteer Web, which the United Nations Volunteers (UNV) operates in partnership with various organizations.

        You may read more here, here, here, here, and here.
        Now is the time to volunteer and contribute something don't you think?

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