Celebrate International Volunteer Day on December 5th

ACCP Staff

International Volunteer Day (IVD) is December 5th and was designated by the United Nations in 1985 to spotlight the efforts of people and organizations who volunteer around the world. The theme for this year’s IVD is “Solidarity Through Volunteering,” and emphasizes working together to solve the worldwide issues caused by climate change.

As the global pandemic showed us, the world is a small and interconnected place. What happens in one country is likely to affect other countries, and we are only as strong as our neighbors.

But corporate grantmaking and volunteer efforts around the world can be tricky, with differing needs, policies, cultural beliefs, and more. And it’s vital that as change makers corporate social impact teams address these issues to be able to make a difference. It is equally important to highlight and applaud these global efforts.

What our ACCP members are doing around the world:

Hasbro celebrates every December through a Global Day of Joy, where employees participate in more than 250 service projects in more than 40 countries.

The Coca-Cola Company created its “World Without Waste” program to help solve the worldwide issue of packaging waste and recycling.

AI4HealthyCities is part of the Novartis Foundation’s global vision to improve urban heart health and narrow health inequities within cities and communities around the world.

Through its Delivering for Good initiative, FedEx works with global nonprofits to provide disaster relief. In addition, the company has created a 50 by 50 goal – aiming to positively impact 50 million people worldwide by 2023, the company’s 50 year anniversary.

Are you an ACCP member with a global program? Let us know!

Resources for International Volunteer Day 2022:

For those interested in participating, here are helpful resources from the United Nations IVD, including social media posts, toolkits, and more.

ACCP has many volunteer-related resources available to our members in our Resource Library.

The International Association for Volunteer Effort’s (IAVE) Corporate Volunteering for a Post-Pandemic World research report offers insights into global volunteering.

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