5th of December – International Voluntary Day

Volunteering is the practice of providing time and skills for the benefit of other people and causes rather than for financial benefit, requires you to be selfless and focus only on how you can create a meaningful impact. Great volunteers understand this and are eager to do everything possible to bring about a positive change. When you are working as a volunteer, it’s important to stay humble about your past accomplishments and skills.

Volunteering allows you to connect to your community and make it a better place and volunteering is a two-way street: it can benefit you and your family as much as the cause you choose to help. Dedicating your time as a volunteer helps you make new friends, expand your network, and boost your social skills.

In 1985 United Nations Volunteers founded International Volunteer Day.

Over the years, in this day governments, businesses, nonprofit organizations, and individuals contribute through various activities including:

1. Voluntary community projects.
2. Parades, marches, or rallies.
3. Award ceremonies for volunteers who made significant contributions to their communities.

In 2020 amid the Covid-19 pandemic on the world level, the volunteers have worked at the forefront of medical, community, and societal responses and the theme for International Volunteers Day 2020 is ‘Together We Can Through Volunteering’.

NGO from Poland EVS Wroclaw possibilities knows no borders organized an online conference dedicated to the International Volunteer Day. One of the current Smokinya Foundation volunteers – Radostyna Borovyk – took part as a speaker and shared her experience of volunteering in 2020, what difficulties were, what discoveries, how to cope during a lockdown, and how to find support for yourself and for others in volunteering.

Link to the video conference HERE

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This program is co-funded by the European Solidarity Corps program of the European Union.


5th of December – International Voluntary Day