International Volunteer Day

5 December 2023




A close up of a male volunteer crossing his arms with his t-shirt focused in on the word "Volunteer" printed on it.

International Volunteer Day (IVD) is an annual event celebrated on the 5th of December, that recognises and celebrates the contributions of volunteers around the world. This day was established by the United Nations (UN) in 1985 as a way to honour and encourage volunteerism, and it has been celebrated every year since then.

Volunteering is a selfless act that involves giving time, energy, and resources to help others without expecting anything in return. It is a way for individuals and organisations to make a positive difference in their communities and the world at large. Volunteering can take many forms, from helping out at a local food bank to participating in international development projects.

IVD is an opportunity to highlight the impact of volunteering on local and global issues, as well as to recognise and celebrate the efforts of volunteers everywhere. It is a time to encourage more people to get involved in volunteering and to support organisations that rely on volunteers to carry out their work.

There are many ways to celebrate IVD. Some people choose to volunteer their time and skills on this day, while others organise events or fundraisers to support a specific cause. Many organisations and groups use this day to raise awareness about the importance of volunteering and the positive impact it can have on individuals and communities.

IVD is an important day for the global community to come together and recognise the power of volunteering. It is a time to celebrate the tireless efforts of volunteers everywhere and to encourage more people to get involved and make a difference in their communities. Whether you are an experienced volunteer or just getting started, there is always a way to make a positive impact and be a part of something bigger.

Here at Blind Low Vision NZ, we are thankful for the support of our many volunteers around Aotearoa New Zealand. Join us in thanking them for the impact they have on our blind, deafblind and low vision community.

“Never doubt that a small group of thoughtful, committed citizens can change the world; indeed, it’s the only thing that ever has.”  – Margaret Mead


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