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December 5

Some people are fortunate enough to earn their livelihoods in jobs that directly help to create a more peaceful, just and sustainable world. But much of the efforts to make life better for our communities and our world are done by volunteers -- people who work for a better world without pay.

Around the world, hundreds of millions of people volunteer - nearly 65 million volunteer in America! American volunteers do the equivalent work of over 9 million fulltime employees!

Recognizing the importance of volunteers, the United Nations Volunteers programme (UNV) works with a network of over 20,000 organizations to use International Volunteer Day on December 5 as an opportunity to celebrate the important contribution volunteers make, and as a launching point to inspire year-round volunteer involvement.

Many countries have national networks of volunteer organizations. In the US these include Youth Service America; the Points of Light Foundation which helps connect more than 2.5 million volunteers who provide services for 170 million people; and Action Without Borders, which links volunteers to 50,000 organizations in 165 countries.

US Government agencies that promote volunteering include AmeriCorps, which provides money for college tuition for youth volunteers; SeniorCorps which connects those over 55 to volunteer opportunities, and the Peace Corps for helping in other countries.

Volunteers ARE creating a better world, one person and one act of kindness at a time.


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DO ONE THING for a Better World

1. Volunteer in your community - for example, at a local nursing home, hospital, animal shelter, library, food bank or soup kitchen.

2. Volunteer 2-5 hours a week

3. Be a tutor.

4. Help a local nonprofit with a fundraising event.

5. Help protect the environment - join the Sierra Student Coalition:

6. Participate in a town-wide clean-up.

7. Hand out Do One Thing Cards to inspire others.



International Volunteer Day

Energize Inc. (training for volunteer leaders)
International Association for Volunteer Effort
Service For Peace
Volunteers of America
Youth Service America

World Volunteer Web
UN Volunteers

Corporation for National & Community Service
USA Freedom Corps
Peace Corps

Volunteer Connections:

Service Project Ideas
Ideas from Youth Service America
587 Eagle Scout Service Project Ideas

101 Ideas from California Scholarship Federation
Ideas from Ohio 4-H
AmeriCorps Service Project Ideas
Key Club Service Project Ideas
366 Community Service Project Ideas


Volunteer Day

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Volunteer Day - December 5

Muhammad Ali

Kofi Annan



Wallace Campbell

Rosalynn Carter

Pablo Casals

Carrie Chapman Catt

Jackie Chan

Harry Chapin

Shirley Chisholm

Sheryl Crow

Jamie Lee Curtis

Dalai Lama

Doris Day

Eugene V. Debs

Dana Delany

Marian Wright Edelman

Albert Einstein

Susan J. Ellis

Ralph Waldo Emerson

Ralph Fiennes

Saint Francis of Assisi

Benjamin Franklin

Mohandas Gandhi

Ruth Bader Ginsburg

Whoopi Goldberg

Audrey Hepburn

Thomas Jefferson

Angelina Jolie

Helen Keller

Robert F. Kennedy


Nicole Kidman

Martin Luther King, Jr.

Aung San Suu Kyi

John Legend

Wangari Maathai

Edward James Olmos

Dan O'Neill

Sarah Jessica Parker

William Penn

Natalie Portman

Jonas Salk

Susan Sarandon

Albert Schweitzer

George Bernard Shaw

Martin Sheen

Alicia Silverstone

Pierre Teilhard de Chardin

Mother Teresa

Emma Thompson

Sojourner Truth

Kathleen Turner

Lech Walesa

Alice Walker

Booker T. Washington

Faye Wattleton

Cornel West

Marianne Williamson

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