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, 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.
The theme for 2018 is 'VOLUNTEERS BUILD RESILIENT COMMUNITIES'
This United Nations Volunteers theme recognises volunteers worldwide - with a special focus on local community volunteers - who contribute to making their communities more resilient against natural disasters, economic stresses and political shocks. The campaign theme combines the recognition of volunteers with concrete evidence from the State of the World's Volunteerism Report 2018.