Volunteering Australia proudly supports International Volunteer Day (IVD) on 5 December 2023, to raise awareness of the important role volunteers play in responding to challenges facing the world.
IVD is a day to celebrate and promote volunteering. There are millions of volunteers in Australia and the contributions that they make to communities around the country are enormous. IVD is an opportunity to acknowledge, thank and shine a light on the important work of volunteers.
The International Volunteer Day theme and resources are developed by UN Volunteers.
International Volunteer Day 2023 Theme: “If Everyone Did”
IVD 2023 campaign centres on the power of everyone. If everyone volunteered, the world would be a better place. Imagine more than eight billion of us volunteering. Limitless possibilities for sustainable development – food and education for everyone, clean environment and good health, inclusive and peaceful societies, and more.
Campaign hashtags: #IfEveryoneDid and #IVD2023
Volunteering Australia Shop
You can personally thank your volunteers with gifts of gratitude. Visit the Volunteering Australia Shop to order high-quality gifts, designed to recognise and acknowledge our nation’s volunteers.
About International Volunteer Day (IVD)
International Volunteer Day (IVD) mandated by the UN General Assembly, is held each year on 5 December. It is viewed as a unique chance for volunteers and organisations to celebrate their efforts, to share their values, and to promote their work among their communities, non-governmental organisations (NGOs), United Nations agencies, government authorities and the private sector.
Apart from mobilising thousands of volunteers every year, the United Nations Volunteers (UNV) program contributes to peace and development by advocating for the recognition of volunteers and working with partners to integrate volunteerism into development programming.
UNV coordinates International Volunteer Day on 5 December every year to recognise and promote the tireless work, not just of UN Volunteers, but of volunteers across the globe. Every day, volunteers dedicate time and effort to ensure the inclusion of those often left behind, drive climate action and advance the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs).
Read about the history of International Volunteer Day here.
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International Volunteer Day resources
The International Volunteer Day resources are developed by UN Volunteers.
You can find visuals and resources for common use in the campaign on UN Volunteers Trello Boards.