International Volunteer Day

International Volunteer Day (IVD) is a chance for volunteer-involving organizations and individual volunteers to promote their contributions to development at local, national and international levels. By merging UN support with a grassroots mandate, IVD is a unique opportunity for volunteer-involving organizations to work with government agencies, non-profit organizations, community groups and the private sector.

IVD was established by the United Nations (UN) General Assembly on 17 December 1985. Since then, governments, the UN system and civil society organizations have successfully joined volunteers around the world to celebrate the Day on 5 December.

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.

Volunteering Western Victoria supports IVD and thanks all those who volunteer their time in our region. We encourage the broader community and all volunteer based organisations to get involved with celebrating our volunteers.

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What is IVD

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Ideas on celebrating IVD

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Tool to promote volunteering

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Preparing for the media around IVD

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Social media and IVD

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