Happy International Volunteer Day
Wednesday 5th December is International Volunteer Day 2018. A day to celebrate the contribution of volunteers around the world. The positive impact of volunteering for both the volunteers and the organisations they serve are well documented. But volunteering also has an important role to play in building strong communities.
Nothing changes a community for the better like volunteering. Whether you are volunteering for a charity, school, hospital or sports club, doing good connects you with others in meaningful ways. It creates and cultivates a community that cares.
Volunteering is the glue that bind a community together, making it more resilient when faced with challenges. A community that encourages volunteering can be confident it will have people willing and able to pitch in and help when the need arises.
People that volunteer report feeling more connected to their community and the place where they live. Volunteering also helps bring different segments of the community together, and forms bonds between people from different cultural and ethnic backgrounds. Experts agree that fostering a sense of belonging among community member is crucial when it comes to good mental health and overall well-being.
In 2018 the focus for International Volunteers Day is the value of local volunteers, including the marginalized groups and women who, according to the United Nations newly released State of the World’s Volunteerism Report (SWVR) 2018, make up nearly 60 per cent of volunteers worldwide. To download a copy click here.
OKP’s Giving Trends Special Investigation Viva La Volunteers – an examination of volunteering in the Third Sector is also available to download. To download a copy click here.
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