International Volunteer Day is observed on 5th December every year. This day is dedicated to developing awareness about the significance of volunteer work and tribute to the contributions of volunteers.
This day provides a chance to individual volunteers, volunteer organizations, government, and nongovernment agencies to celebrate their efforts and promote their work to the communities.
Historical Background of International Volunteer Day
Volunteers make a significant contribution to the social and economic developments of any society. Many volunteer services involve great personal sacrifices. To recognize the efforts of volunteers and to develop awareness about the significance of volunteer work, a resolution (A/RES/40/212) passed in general assembly of the United Nations on 17th December 1985. In this resolution, the UN invited Governments to observe International Volunteer Day for Economic and Social Development on 5th December every year. Moreover through this resolution, the UN urged Governments to enhance awareness about important contributions of volunteer services and motivate more people in all walk of life to offer their services as a volunteer. Hence the celebration of this day started from the year 1985.
International Volunteer Day – Who is Volunteer?
A volunteer is a person who does a job without pay. How does a person do a job without pay? Volunteers are intrinsically motivated. Their work is not based on any kind of greed and material reward. The reward of volunteers is recognition, appreciation, and joy. They do work for inner peace and expect the reward of their work from God.
A volunteer is motivated for the attainment of noble causes. These noble causes might be fighting against poverty, hunger, illiteracy, child labor, women discrimination, environmental pollution or it can be in the form of professional services of evacuation, rehabilitation, first medical aid during natural disasters and accidents.
International Volunteer Day – Why to be a Volunteer – Volunteer Poem?
International Volunteer Day-What are Benefits of Volunteering?
Volunteering provides benefits to both society and volunteers. The detail of these benefits is given below.
Benefits of Volunteering to Society.
- Volunteers play a significant role in the development of the economy.
- The developing social links of volunteers help to bridge the gaps between governments, sectors, organizations, enterprises, employers, and employees.
- Bring good people and causes together.
- Inspire others for good deeds.
- Bring hope to hopeless.
- Make the difference, bring happiness and smile.
Benefits of Volunteering to Volunteer
There are several volunteering benefits to volunteering like skill development, knowledge development, Health, Career… etc. The detail of these benefits is as below.
Skill Development of Volunteer
Volunteerism helps to develop new skills or sharpen existing skills of the volunteers. This skill can be technical, tactical or human. All these skills play a significant role from top to bottom in all business and social organizations.
Knowledge Development of Volunteer
As volunteers get the opportunity to work on real-life projects. Therefore during these projects volunteers come across huge pieces of information. This information transforms into experimental knowledge. Thus volunteers gain practical experimental knowledge which becomes their intellectual capital.
Health Benefits to Volunteer
Volunteerism is a healthy sign for volunteers. Volunteer enjoys several health benefits. Health benefits to volunteer areas below.
- Reduces Depression of the volunteer.
- Reduces Stress level of volunteers.
- Lower risk of disease.
- Reduces chronic pain.
- Increases physical fitness.
- Enhance mental fitness.
- Stay active.
Career Benefits to Volunteer
- Increase networking.
- Build self-confidence and self-esteem.
- Recommendation and Reference Letter.
- Develop transferable skills (critical thinking, problem-solving, interpersonal, etc.)
International Volunteer Day Inspirational Quotes
“Don’t ever question the value of volunteers, Noah’s Ark was built by volunteers; the Titanic was built by professionals.” ( Unknown)
“Services to others is the rent you pay for your room here on the earth.” ( Muhammad Ali)
Great Ideas for Volunteer Appreciation
International Volunteer Day provides a chance to appreciate the volunteer work. The below-given ideas list can help to appreciate volunteers.
- Have to use a permanent marker to sign a Thank –you T-shirt for a volunteer from all society, community members, celebrities…etc.
- Send a bouquet of fresh flowers to volunteer.
- Give a small plant.
- Send a prayer journal with a special prayer note to volunteer.
- Send a special volunteer cake.
- Go to lunch with a volunteer.
- Invite volunteers for dinner.
- Provide local restaurant coupon deals to volunteer.
- Send a Thank you card with a personal note.
- Reserve special care parking area only for volunteers.
- Reserve special restaurant place for volunteers.
- Offer Fresh cake and pastries.
- Mention the volunteer’s contributions in the major daily, weekly newsletters.
- Hug to volunteer with greet and smile.
- Get wash the volunteer’s car and clean inside.
- Give a bag of candies, nuts, and dry fruits according to volunteer’s taste with a Thank- you note.
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