International Volunteer Day

International Volunteer Day takes place every year on 5 December. It's an opportunity to celebrate and thank people all around the world who dedicate their precious time and efforts to voluntary service. For the IFRC, it's about celebrating our nearly 15 million volunteers engaging in local humanitarian action for global good.

Why do we celebrate it?

At the IFRC, we are deeply proud of our incredible volunteers who save lives and strive for our shared humanity every single day. Even though the scale of today's challenges—be it COVID-19, the climate crisis or the dangers faced by communities at risk of disaster—can feel overwhelming, there is hope.

Hope in the form of countless acts of kindness from one person to another. Because wherever and whenever there is a crisis, there is a Red Cross or Red Crescent volunteer ready to support those affected. Their commitment never wavers, and their compassion has no limits. 

For International Volunteer Day 2022, we're continuing the celebration we started on 8 May on the power of kindness. Look out for content celebrating every single one of our 192 National Societies across our social channels in December!