International Volunteer Day
December 5 is International Volunteer Day (IVD). Officially called the ‘International Volunteer Day for Economic and Social Development’ it celebrates the work of volunteers around the world and promotes an understanding and appreciation of the act of volunteering. Volunteers work to improve the world, society, and the community.
The day has been on the calendar since 1985 when the United Nations first endorsed and adopted the idea. Every year, the United Nations Volunteers Group uses the IVD to coordinate a new campaign promoting volunteers and volunteering as a valued and essential part of community living.
Last year, the campaign theme was “Volunteers Build Resilient Communities”, with a special focus on local community volunteers, who contribute to making their communities more resilient against natural disasters, economic stresses and political shocks.
As kindness, care and compassion are central to Islam, it will come as no surprise to you to learn that the UK Government’s annual ‘Community Life Survey’ found that 65% of Muslims volunteer regularly. To give one’s time, energy, skills and service is a gift and a responsibility. Alongside Zakat, one of the greatest ways Muslims may choose to share and care for the environment and people is through volunteering their time and working for others.
To find out more about voluteering in your local community, visit gov.uk