Unite for Children Through Volunteering
Bringing to life the spirit of solidarity, International Volunteer Day 2023 celebrates the incredible power of collective humanity and the positive transformations it brings through volunteering. This year’s theme reminds us of the immense impact we can create when we come together with one common purpose – to make the world a better place, especially for our children.
On December 5th, International Volunteer Day 2023 (IVD) beckons us to recognise and applaud the invaluable contributions of volunteers worldwide. It’s a day that unites individuals, organisations, and communities to acknowledge the selfless dedication of those who generously share their time and skills to uplift society. But this year, let’s focus on how volunteering directly benefits our children.
Established by the U.N. General Assembly in 1985, International Volunteer Day 2023 stands as a global platform to advocate for volunteerism as a dynamic force for economic and social development. In alignment with the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs), this observance champions the involvement of volunteers in tackling the world’s most pressing issues.
The SDGs provide us with a blueprint for a more sustainable and equitable future for all. International Volunteer Day plays a pivotal role by showcasing how volunteers actively engage in sectors that directly impact our children’s well-being:
- Poverty Alleviation: By volunteering in initiatives aimed at eradicating poverty, we pave the way for a brighter future for countless children.
- Education: Volunteers who support education are equipping our children with the tools they need to flourish, learn, and aspire.
- Healthcare: Through healthcare projects, volunteers ensure that children have access to the medical care they need to thrive.
- Environmental Conservation: The preservation of our environment secures a cleaner, safer world for our children to grow in.
- Gender Equality: Volunteers promoting gender equality are working towards a world where every child has equal opportunities and rights.
The history of International Volunteer Day stems from the U.N.’s realisation of the pivotal role volunteers play in development efforts. Resolution 40/212 paved the way for this observance to shine a spotlight on the incredible work of volunteers, raise public awareness, and inspire more individuals to join the cause. It is a day to celebrate those who dedicate their time and energy to building a better world, especially for our young ones.
So, how can you be part of this global celebration and actively contribute to the welfare of children? Here are some ways you can get involved:
Volunteer Your Time
Dedicate a few hours or an entire day to a cause that resonates with you. Whether it is helping underprivileged children or contributing to their education, your efforts can truly make a difference in their lives.
Join or Support a Volunteer Organisation
Seek out local volunteer organisations that align with your interests. Whether through donations or active participation, you can help them create a more child-friendly world.
Promote Volunteerism on Social Media
Use your online presence to spread the word about International Volunteer Day and the impact of volunteering on children. Share inspiring stories and quotes to motivate others to get involved.
Take a moment to appreciate the volunteers in your life, especially those who work tirelessly for the betterment of our children. A simple “thank you” can go a long way in acknowledging their efforts.
Join an NGO
Bal Raksha Bharat (also known as Save the Children) invites everyone to become a part of their volunteer program. They firmly believe that civil society’s active involvement is essential for true change and development. By volunteering with them, you have the opportunity to make a profound difference in the lives of underprivileged children and their families. Education, healthcare, and child protection are at the heart of their initiatives. If you are passionate about creating a brighter future for our children, Bal Raksha Bharat welcomes you to join their cause. Volunteers are not just the backbone of organisations like Bal Raksha Bharat; they are also the messengers of hope and change, inspiring society to stand together for our children.
This International Volunteers Day 2023, Let’s unite in our commitment to make the world a better place for our children through the power of volunteering. By acknowledging and celebrating the remarkable work of volunteers, we inspire more individuals to join this noble cause and create a ripple effect of positivity and change for our most precious treasures – our children.