International Volunteer Day 5 Dec 2022

1 December 2022 | Articles

Act Together to Make a Difference

It is International Volunteer Day on the 5th December. Here are our thoughts on the day that we shared with the Kāpiti News:

International Volunteer Day this year celebrates solidarity through volunteering and how together we can make a difference in our community. The United Nations Volunteers Programme notes ‘Rising inequalities throughout the world implore that we need to work together to find common solutions. Volunteers, drawn together by solidarity, develop solutions to urgent development challenges and for the common good’.

Overall New Zealanders contribute a total of around 159 million hours of formal volunteer labour each year. The value of this formal volunteering is estimated at $4 billion per annum. This does not count all the informal Mahi Aroha that happens every day – from checking in on your neighbour to volunteering at school events.

Even though we are often time poor, volunteering in small ways can make a difference if we work together for collective action. Through one act of volunteering you can contribute to the UN sustainable development goals. For example:
• Goal 1: No Poverty: Volunteer at a community opshop, volunteer repair service or budget advisory service.
• Goal 2: Zero Hunger: Volunteer at a local foodbank or food rescue service.

• Goal 3: Good Health and Wellbeing: Be a volunteer companion for an older person or volunteer at a community health/wellbeing centre.
Kāpiti has a fantastic volunteer community with many opportunities to connect and make a difference. Volunteer Kāpiti currently have 80 volunteer roles on our website that you can choose from, from Governance roles to being a Christmas Gift Wrapping Elf!
Happy International Volunteer Day to all the Kāpiti volunteers out there, connecting together and making positive changes in our community. Do contact us if you want to join the volunteer movement and make a difference.

Susan Ansell
Manager, Volunteer Kāpiti
www.volunteerkapiti.org.nz