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International Volunteer Day
International Volunteer Day
International Volunteer Day (IVD) is celebrated each year on the fifth of December and was established by the United Nations. The day is an opportunity for individual volunteers and volunteer-involving organisations to promote their contributions at a local, national and international level.
Volunteering is a great way to give back. Helping others and giving your time creates real change in the community. The DoSomethingNearYou website shows people what they can do to help; you can plant a tree, help an op shop, get involved in a fundraiser or community event, volunteer for emergency services, or keep fit with your local sports club. The opportunities are endless.
Not everyone has the time to get involved with a local organisation. Here at DoSomethingNearYou, more and more people are asking us how they can volunteer via the internet or their phone. Known as 'Virtual Volunteering', it's a way where you can offer your skills from the comfort of your own home. You can even volunteer in your pyjamas - it's virtual volunteering, so no one will ever know!
The United Nations has created a virtual volunteering portal where you can help people in developing countries. To find out more click here.
You can also volunteer virtually for the Red Cross by getting involved in Telecross. Volunteers get to make daily phone calls to older Australians to check on their wellbeing. This helps them to live independently and remain connected to the community. To find out more click here.
Virtual volunteers assist the Australian Museum by transcribing specimen labels, field notes and diaries. This helps to unlock the hidden knowledge in their vast collections. You can help them via your own computer. To find out more click here.
The State Library of WA needs virtual volunteers to transcribe 70,000 hand written WA Biographical Index (WABI) cards. No matter where you live in Australia you can give them a hand online. To find out more click here.
The Do Something charity is looking for virtual volunteers to get the word out on social media about volunteering. All people have to do is go to DoSomethingNearYou.com.au and share the site on Facebook and Twitter. Sponsored by ALDI and run by Do Something, the site shows people how to volunteer in all 16,000 suburbs around Australia. To share click here.
Want to help scientists who are studying Penguins in the coldest parts of the world? You can do so from the comfort of your home by annotating their images of wildlife in Antarctica and the Southern Ocean. To find out more click here.
You can join 1.2 million virtual volunteers by getting involved at Zooniverse.org. This site enables people to volunteer their time to help out science research online. To find out more click here.
Let's Get Started!
So let's get started and find a volunteering activity that suits you! All you need to do is type in your postcode or suburb at DoSomethingNearYou.com.au. Join us and celebrate International Volunteer Day - together we can make a real difference!