International Volunteer Day (IVD) is an ability for volunteer-involving organizations and each volunteer to support their offerings to improvement at local, national, and international levels. By merging United Nations (UN) support with a masses command, IVD is a sole chance for volunteer-involving organizations to work with government agencies, non-profit organizations, community groups and the private sector.
More than 1.2 billion youth in the world today, with incredible potential to tackle challenges are acting as agents of change. When young people volunteer, the opportunity provides them with valuable life and job skills; it strengthens their competence to lead and become occupied in their communities and global society.
Besides International Volunteer Day (IVD) offers an chance for volunteer organizations and each volunteers to make noticeable their assistance to the accomplishment of the Millennium Development Goals (MDGs). IVD was recognized by the UN General Assembly through declaration 40/212 on 17 December 1985. Since then, governments, the UN system, and civil society organizations have effectively connected volunteers around the planet to rejoice the Day on 5 December.
Apart from utilizing the help of thousands of volunteers every year, the United Nations Volunteers (UNV) programme works strongly with associates and governments to ascertain national volunteer programmes to produce structures that advance and maintain local volunteerism in countries. Through the Online Volunteering service, volunteers can take action for sustainable human development by supporting the activities of development organizations over the Internet. Every day many people are volunteering, online or on-site, contributing to harmony and growth and functioning to achieve the MDGs.
As stated by UN Secretary general Ban Ki-moon “Volunteerism is a two-way street. Even as volunteers help generate positive change for others, their own lives are often transformed by the act of volunteering itself”
I have been fortunate effort to volunteer with different organizations (BHUMI-Teach India Campaign, Corporate Social Responsibility team of my organization etc) at different part of time. It not only helped me become a better person, but also play a small role in helping somebody else life. My memories during the training and classes have been amazing. Some of the memories are documented here
Have you ever volunteered at any event? How has your experience been.