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International Volunteer Day - Dec. 5, 2007

The International Volunteer Day was adopted by the United Nations General Assembly through Resolution A/RES/40/212 on December 17, 1985. Since then, governments, the UN system, and civil society organizations have successfully joined volunteers around the world to celebrate international volunteering on December 5, of each year.

International Volunteer Day provides volunteer organizations and individual volunteers the opportunity to increase awareness about their projects at all levels. Whether your goal is to donate 100 books to a local library or assist the United Nations in achieving the Millennium Development Goals, each of you has the right and responsibility to share your volunteer commitment with those around you.

A 2006 report on volunteering by the Bureau of Labor Statistics reports the following data:

Celebrating the hard work and dedication of international volunteers on December 5, is crucial, but, as the UN notes, "The critical question is, however, what happens on December 6? Newspapers may turn their attention elsewhere and sound bites may fade away, but the work of volunteers goes on with or without publicity and well-deserved recognition."
Encouraging more people to volunteer is a 365-days-a-year task for GFWC and all community service organizations that depend on the passion of individuals.

International Volunteer Day enables us to recognize the power of volunteers, and pay tribute to their commitment to enhancing the lives of others through community service. 

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