International Volunteer Day was created by the UN General Assembly and is held each year on the 5th of December. United Nations Volunteers (UNV) assembles a campaign to promote International Volunteer Day every year, emphasizing the impact volunteers have in their communities and around the world. It is a global celebration of volunteers and an opportunity for everyone to recognize volunteers, and the contributions they make every day. 

Together, we can do anything! 

The year’s theme, Together We Can Through Volunteering, not only encourages us to thank all our volunteers around the world but also allows us to shed light on the difficult times we are facing this year. Volunteers are needed now more than ever! The COVID-19 pandemic has challenged us deeply and volunteers stepped up to help their communities and give aid to where it was needed. Let’s take this time to celebrate the power of volunteerism and thank volunteers worldwide for all their effort, hard work, and dedication to making this world a better place. 

Join the International Volunteer Day campaign and take action!

Here are some ways you can take part and participate.

1. Give a Blue Heart

Light up your social media with blue heart emojis to say thank you! Tag #GiveAHeart #TogetherWeCan. 

2. Record a Video

Explain how the UNV can address COVID-19 through volunteering. Post it on your social media and tag #TogetherWeCan.

3. Heart Your Mask

Express solidarity with volunteers taking action during COVID-19 and draw a blue heart on your mask, sending the message that you appreciate and acknowledge volunteers. Tag #HeartYourMask @UNVolunteers

4. Virtual Events and Live Chats

Stay up to date on IVD 2020 virtual events and live chats that are taking place during the week before and after IVD on the 5th of December 2020.

Join the conversation on social media using the hashtags #TogetherWeCan and #IVD2020, and tag #GoodDeedsDay to share how you are celebrating International Volunteer Day. 

Check out How to Say Thank You to Your Volunteers in 15 Creative Ways on the Good Deeds Day blog, and read about fun ways to say thank you to your volunteers – we can still show our gratitude and appreciation even during these difficult times. 


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