International Volunteer Day is celebrated on December 5 with great enthusiasm around the world. This day is dedicated to all those who make a contribution to society in all forms, be it big or small. It is only through collective efforts that we can bring about positive change in the world. So, join this noble cause and be part of the most compassionate movement on the planet!
Volunteering has been around for centuries in Europe, with many people motivated by religious and humanistic values to offer selfless help to people in need, in both war and peacetime. Often, it was spontaneous and not organized in any way, similar to people helping each other in private now.
In 1863, the International Committee of the Red Cross was founded in response to wars and the subsequent human suffering. People came together to help in whatever way they could – carrying water, providing first aid, bringing food. Over the years, the organization grew beyond the framework of war and is now outside of politics and state borders. In addition to the Red Cross, the Salvation Army and the United Way were also popular in America.
Volunteer work offers a variety of benefits, including:
- Developing new skills and learning how to react swiftly in emergencies.
- Staying active regardless of age.
- Building networks of like-minded people with shared values.
- Having a therapeutic effect.
- Gaining a better understanding of life and reconsidering priorities.
How to take part
To be part of this cause, you can take part in events held in your city, become a volunteer or donate to charities. You can also watch documentaries or feature films on the topic to learn more.
When is International Volunteer Day celebrated in 2023?
International Volunteer Day is observed on December 5 each year.