International Volunteer Day

graphic promoting international volunteer day on Dec. 5WHAT IS INTERNATIONAL VOLUNTEER DAY?

Every year, on December 5th we recognize and promote International Volunteer Day. This Day began in 1985 by the United Nations as a way to thank the hard work volunteers do selflessly for and with charities globally.

Will you join us?

Monday, Dec. 5 at noon ET

Learn more about how you can give the best gift (yourself) this holiday season by volunteering through the CFC. Our event will allow you to participate in breakout rooms to hear from CFC charities that have volunteer opportunities. 

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How else can you get involved?

Check out the charities that accept volunteer hours via the online CFC charity search. 

This year, the CFC is inviting all federal employees and retirees to be part of a global network of amazing volunteers, and supplement your CFC gift with a pledge of volunteer hours. If you have volunteer hours pledged from last year, reach out to your charity and ask them how you can help fulfill those pledges - even virtually!

Many charities this year need help, even from home. You may be invited to use your professional skills or personal talents, and help them:

  • Balance a budget book
  • Tutor children after school
  • Translate documents
  • Review a legal contract
  • Put together a care or hygiene package

International Volunteer Day is a great opportunity for charities to promote volunteerism and for all of us to recognize volunteer contributions globally; campaign workers, incorporate messaging on volunteerism and the importance of pledging your own hours in your #GivingTuesday messaging!