International Volunteer Day

International Volunteer Day, hosted 5 December is an international awareness day mandated by the United Nations General Assembly. The day provides a chance for individual volunteers, communities and organisations to celebrate their efforts and achievements. The day also acts as an opportunity to raise awareness about what it means to volunteer, and the important role it plays in responding to local, national and global
challenges.

There are many ways to volunteer your time, which is why nearly one in three people volunteer in Australia. Some may volunteer in animal shelters, some in libraries, and some in hospices. Another way to volunteer is by opening up your home and heart and helping children who would otherwise be in less than favourable circumstances. This may sound familiar to you, as foster caring is one way of volunteering.

Fostering, like all other forms of volunteering may involve some challenges, but it’s rewarding and positively impacts of the lives of many.

This year has been nothing shy of challenging. Volunteers were found in all walks of life to assist in the forefront of medical, community and societal responses. Whether your friend, a teacher, was doing shopping for vulnerable neighbourhoods. Or your father, a builder, was checking up on elderly people living alone. No matter what area people worked in, we all came together to support each other.

The challenging year we have seen truly shows the power of volunteers, and the selflessness of individuals. This synergy shaped the theme of International Volunteer Day to be ‘Together We Can Through Volunteering’. Together we have remained strong and supportive to get through the challenges at hand. The theme encourages us to thank all those who have volunteered their time and efforts, especially when resources have been
short over the past year.

To all our wonderful carers out there, thank you from the bottom of our hearts. Today is a day to celebrate the efforts you have put in throughout your time with us, and the lives you’ve changed. Today is a day of celebration, appreciation, and commitment to making the world a better place.