International Volunteer Day is an international observance designated by the United Nations (since 1985). It is focused on economic and social development and offers an opportunity for volunteer organizations and individual volunteers to make visible their contributions – at local, national and international levels. The day is observed by many non-governmental organizations, including Red Cross, scouts and others.
The main focus of International Volunteer Day (IVD) in 2016 is not only to celebrate volunteerism in all its facets but also to pay special tribute to people’s participation that leads to stronger governance, social cohesion, peace and sustainable development. International volunteer day is a unique opportunity for people and volunteer organizations to work with Government agencies, non-profit institutions, community group, academia and the private sector.
We inquired about our team members’ engagement in volunteer work — because what better time could there be? As we go into the holiday season, we want to acknowledge and highlight the best at the core of our human nature, and work together to make the world a better place. Here’s what our friends had to say:
I have served as a volunteer for 6 years in my local 4h club. I have helped with service projects of picking fruit and vegetables for donation to a food pantry. I have also helped the 4h clubs in my area to host events and contests for the personal development of each member. It’s fun to help and great to spend time with the kids!
We are a family that volunteers year round in many different forms. One interesting (and fun!) way my daughter volunteers is through dance. Her dance company partners with the Norman Rockwell Museum to bring dance, art and history to life in local elementary schools. A museum curator presents scenes from Rockwell’s many illustrations and explains the history behind it, but also life of Norman Rockwell. Many of the children in the audience grew up in the same areas in which the scenes from the illustrations took place, so they can relate. Then, the dancers bring each illustration and the history behind it to life.
For some children, this is the first time they have seen ballet, or any dance, live, so after the performance, dancers hold a question and answer session in which students ask all kids of questions about the life of a dancer, and about Rockwell’s paintings/illustrations. Their interesting questions show that they were really paying attention to the performance and really liked it.