Last Updated on March 20, 2021 CareOurEarth
Short name: International Volunteer Day
Date: Saturday, 5th December 2020; 35th Anniversary.
Sponsor: United Nations
Each year, hundreds of millions of people volunteer their time and skills to help improve the lives of others and make the world a better place. When they volunteer, they also gain a greater sense of belonging to the communities.
This campaign aims to promote volunteerism, encourage governments to support volunteer efforts and recognize volunteer contributions to the achievement of economic and social development at local, national, and international levels.
Inception: It was first officially held on 5 December 1986.
On 17 December 1985, the United Nations General Assembly declared 5 December, through the Resolution A/RES/40/212, as the International Volunteer Day for Economic and Social Development, commonly referred to as International Volunteer Day.
How to celebrate the Day:
On 5 December every year, governments, businesses, nonprofit organizations, and individuals throughout the world celebrate International Volunteer Day with rallies, parades, volunteer fairs, group clean ups, blood donations, conferences, exhibitions, fundraising, workshops, volunteer recognition events, and social media compaigns.
Annual theme of the campaign in recent years:
2020 Theme: “Together we can through volunteering”
2019 Theme: “Volunteer for an inclusive future”
2018 Theme: “Volunteers build resilient communities”
2017 Theme: “Volunteers act first. Here. Everywhere.”
2016 Theme: “Global applause – give volunteers a hand”
2015 Theme: “Your world is changing. Are you? Volunteer!”
2014 Theme: “Make change happen, volunteer!”