International Volunteer Day is a great reason to to celebrate and recognise your volunteers for the invaluable work they do

International Volunteer Day (IV Day), a United Nations led initiative, is held each year on 5 December.

One billion people volunteer around the world, all giving their time and skills to improve communities, save lives, fix things that are broken, and bring people together. Whether we are working locally as community gardeners, or on the sport fields, or as aid workers or working with migrant communities, we are part of the global movement of volunteers.

Let’s use this day to celebrate and recognise New Zealand’s volunteers for the invaluable work they do in our communities, locally and globally.

The theme for 2017 is “Volunteers Act First. Here. Everywhere.” The theme is recognition of volunteer efforts around the world, as well as a tribute to the support volunteers provide in times of instability, disasters or humanitarian crises.

“Groups and individuals—volunteers from all backgrounds—are effectively responding to humanitarian emergencies everywhere.” Says Olivier Adam, Executive Coordinator of the United Nations Volunteers (UNV) programme. “They are regular people who, in the face of human suffering, don’t hesitate to rapidly descend to the affected areas and help however it is needed.”

Whether responding to disasters or assisting their communities, volunteers makes a world of difference just by donating a bit of their talents and time.

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