The United Nations (UN) annually observes the International Volunteer Day (IVD) for Economic and Social Development on December 5th. The day, gives volunteers a chance to work together on projects and campaigns promoting their contributions to economic and social development at local, national and international levels.
This international observance day celebrates the power and potential of volunteerism. It is an opportunity for volunteers, and volunteer-involving organizations to raise awareness of, and gain recognition for, the contribution they make to their communities.
Together with other organizations such as UN Volunteers, we are orchestrating a round of #GlobalApplause to recognize all volunteers everywhere and the contribution they make.
Vision: A global movement of volunteers working for a just world.
Mission: Forum is a global network of organizations involved in international volunteering. Forum promotes the value of volunteering for development through policy engagement, mutual learning and by sharing innovative and good practices.
The Forum Charter outlines the principles, values and ethical behavior underpinning international volunteering for development. All members joining the network agree to, and sign, the Forum Charter. By so-doing, members affirm their commitment to a set of principles, values and ethical behavior underpinning international volunteering cooperation
The Forum Charter recognizes that:
International volunteering is a uniquely innovative and effective avenue for the creation of constructive relationships between nations, communities, individuals and across cultures.
International volunteering, when based on respectful, open human to human relationships and mutual exchange (the sharing of oneself, reciprocal learning, and exchange of skills, ideas and the ability to be humble) can be a catalyst for practical achievement in tackling shared development challenges. Thus, contributing in practical ways to the creation of a fairer, more caring and socially just world.
Volunteer to Fight Against Hunger
AARP and AARP Foundation: These organizations work with state and community partners and volunteers to help older adults enroll in the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program, commission research on the causes and consequences of senior hunger, and award grants to help develop or expand sustainable solutions for older-adult anti-hunger programs. Volunteer Opportunities: Community outreach, nutrition education, community events.
Feeding America serves 37 million people, including nearly 14 million children and 3 million seniors, through local agencies such as food pantries, soup kitchens, emergency shelters and after-school programs. Feeding America food banks provide nutrition education programs. In addition, the organization’s network operates programs that promote self-sufficiency, educates the public about the problem of hunger and advocates for legislation that protects people from going hungry. Volunteer Opportunities: Food rescue, driving, loading, repacking, community outreach, food banks.
No Kid Hungry. Families at risk of hunger need access to food and the skills to make healthy meals with their resources, nutrition education is a key part of the No Kid Hungry campaign. Through its Cooking Matters program, nutrition educators and chefs equip low-income families with skills to stretch their food budgets, shop smarter, make healthier food choices and cook delicious, affordable meals. Volunteer Opportunities: Community event planning, nutrition education, fundraising, advocacy.
UNICEF works in more than 190 countries and has helped save more children’s lives than any other humanitarian organization in the world. Nutrition is a key component to its work, whether through an emergency feeding program during a disaster or famine or an established community clinic offering nutrition education and support to young mothers. UNICEF is the world’s largest supplier of ready-to-use therapeutic food for malnourished children and helped increase the world’s supply of therapeutic food by more than 9,000 percent between 2008 and 2012. Volunteer Opportunities:
Fundraising, advocacy, education.
The World Food Programme serves the world’s least food secure in regions where hunger kills more people every year than AIDS, malaria and tuberculosis combined. Last year, the organization distributed 3.5 million metric tons of food to 97 million people in 80 countries. The World Food Programme works to prevent hunger through helping communities build assets, educate its people and develop stronger and more dynamic infrastructures - from establishing environmental sustainability and connecting farmers with markets to supporting breastfeeding initiatives and introducing school meal programs. The World Food Programme is funded entirely by voluntary donations. Volunteer Opportunities: Fundraising, advocacy, education
Fundraising, advocacy, education.
1. Food and Nutrition Magazine, 9 International and Local Groups Fighting Food Insecurity and Hunger
2. Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics, Volunteer Opportunities