International Volunteer Day

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International Volunteer Day recognizes the contributions of volunteers worldwide. In 1985, the UN General Assembly mandated that Dec. 5 be celebrated as International Volunteer Day to encourage giving time in service of others. Volunteerism cultivates a sense of community while expanding the reach of charitable organizations. 

Dec. 5, 2018, has also been designated as a national day of mourning in honor of the late President George H.W. Bush. As we reflect on the legacy left by Bush, let us answer his call to shine as “a thousand points of light” through volunteerism and service. On International Volunteer Day, honor the memory of President George H.W. Bush, and demonstrate how "a neighbor can help a neighbor" by pledging your time and talent to one of the many charities participating in the 2018 Combined Federal Campaign.

Make a Pledge to Volunteer

Since 2017, federal, military, and Postal personnel have had the opportunity to pledge volunteer hours to participating charities through the Combined Federal Campaign.

hand in a circle Finding a charity to volunteer with is easy when you use the online Charity Search. Simply enter your location and check the “Volunteer Opportunities Available” box to sort through the charities. If you are reading through the physical Charity Listing, organizations with volunteer opportunities are identified with a hand icon.

When you make your pledge, opt to share your contact information so that the charities can reach out directly to you with volunteer opportunities. If you do not share your info, you will be responsible for contacting the charity to fulfill your pledge.

Campaign workers should visit the International Volunteer Day Toolkit for additional marketing resources. 


Date of Event: 
Wednesday, December 5, 2018 - 00:00