International Volunteer Day (IVD) is observed annually on December 5th and is designated by the United Nations to celebrate and recognize the efforts of volunteers worldwide. The day serves to honor the commitment and impact of volunteers and volunteer organizations in their efforts to make a difference in their communities and contribute to positive social change.

IVD aims to:

  • Recognize Volunteer Contributions: Acknowledge and appreciate the invaluable contributions made by volunteers and volunteer-involving organizations in addressing various global challenges.
  • Encourage Volunteerism: Encourage and promote volunteerism at the local, national, and international levels, inspiring more individuals to get involved in their communities.
  • Raise Awareness: Raise awareness about the importance of volunteer work and its positive impact on social and economic development.
  • Promote Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs): Highlight how volunteer efforts contribute to achieving the Sustainable Development Goals, addressing issues such as poverty, inequality, education, and healthcare.

On International Volunteer Day, various events, forums, and activities are organized by volunteer groups, community organizations, and governments to honor volunteers and recognize their impact. It’s a day to celebrate the spirit of volunteerism and to encourage more people to engage in volunteer activities to create positive change in society.