Volunteers are committed advocates of making the world a better place.
From local community volunteers to those on the frontline of natural disasters, volunteers are quintessential to humanity – the billion volunteers globally (980,000 in Queensland) bring communities together. And the world is not only changed by people who share the volunteer spirit, volunteers, showing up and stepping up, become global citizens who highlight our common human future on this planet.
International Volunteer Day (IVD), on 5 December, was designated by the United Nations in 1985 as an international observance day to celebrate the power and potential of volunteerism. It is an opportunity for volunteers, and volunteer-involving organisations, to raise awareness of, and gain recognition for, the contribution they make to their communities.
2017 Theme: Volunteers act first. Here. Everywhere
This year's theme promotes the contributions of volunteers as first responders at local, national and international levels, together with their communities, civil society organisations, United Nations agencies, funds and programmes, government authorities, and the private sector worldwide.
In times of crisis, volunteers who help and support others can often become victims themselves of the crisis or tragic event, yet their courage is the driving force to reach out and assist those around them who need it the most.