International Volunteer Day 2013

International Volunteer Day (IVD) is celebrated each year on 5 December and was established by the United Nations General Assembly in 1985.  IVD provides volunteer organisations and individual volunteers with the opportunity to raise the public awareness of their contributions to economic and social development at local, national and international levels.

IVD is celebrated worldwide with thousands of volunteers involved in a range of events as diverse as the volunteers themselves.  Events include clean-up campaigns, conferences, exhibitions, morning teas and many other activities all aimed at highlighting the role of volunteers in their communities.

The theme for IVD 2013 is “Young. Global. Active.“, and will be a global celebration of young people acting as the agents of change in their communities.

Volunteering Australia supports IVD and thanks the over six million Australians who volunteer their time. We encourage the broader community and all volunteer based organisations to get involved with the celebrations in your area.