International Volunteer Day 2018

05/12/2018 08:30 AM

International Volunteer Day

IVD 2018 – Volunteers Build Resilient Communities

International Volunteer Day (IVD) mandated by the UN General Assembly, is held each year on 5 December. It is as a unique way for volunteers and organizations to celebrate their efforts, to share their values, and to promote their work among their communities. This year, IVD celebrates volunteer efforts that strengthen local ownership and the resilience of the community in the face of natural disasters, economic stresses and political shocks.

As this year’s event focuses on how volunteers can build resilient communities, we would like to thank all SES volunteers in NSW and across Australia for the great work they do every day. Your contribution in making our communities safer and more resilient is invaluable. Today we celebrate your enthusiasm, dedication and assistance in supporting communities affected by severe weather events and other emergencies.

We would also like to acknowledge all volunteers in Australia and in the world. With over six million Australians volunteering their time and effort for various purposes, and over one billion volunteers worldwide, we can embrace the potential of volunteering as a core foundation of resilient communities. Volunteering makes it possible for people to self-organize, share information and respond to shocks and stresses quickly. By coming together to volunteer, the sense of solidarity and connections among people working together are strengthened, which helps to stay resilient in times of disaster and crisis. #ResilientCommunities

Volunteering with the NSW State Emergency Service is an exciting and rewarding way to give back to your community. But don't take our word for it! Read some volunteer stories and decide for yourself. 

What's it like to be a volunteer?

Volunteer Experience

And remember, if you want to thank SES volunteers the best day to get involved is on WOW Day

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