Volunteers are committed advocates of making the world a better place.
From local community volunteers to those on the frontline of natural disasters, volunteers are quintessential to humanity – the billion volunteers globally (714,138 in Queensland) bring communities together. And the world is not only changed by people who share the volunteer spirit, volunteers, showing up and stepping up, become global citizens who highlight our common human future on this planet.
International Volunteer Day (IVD), on 5 December, has been 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-involving organisations, to raise awareness of, and gain recognition for, the contribution they make to their communities.
The IVD theme for 2019
IVD is an opportunity for us all to promote volunteerism, encourage governments to support volunteer efforts and recognize volunteer contributions to the achievement of the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) at local, national and international levels.
United Nations Volunteers are marking #IVD2019 with the theme "Volunteer for an inclusive future", highlighting SDG 10 (Reduced Inequalities) and the pursuit of equality – including inclusion – through volunteerism.
Volunteering provides opportunities for people, particularly those often excluded, to concretely impact their own lives and play a constructive role in their communities by volunteering their time and skills. Through volunteerism, communities around the world often experience strengthened solidarity and inclusion.
When accessible to all, irrespective of age, sex, disability, ethnicity or status, volunteering can become a powerful equalizer.