International Volunteer Day

International Volunteer Day (IVD) is a globally recognised celebration dedicated to honouring and acknowledging the incredible contributions of volunteers worldwide. 

International Volunteer Day logo in orange

Observed annually on December 5th, it started as an international observance mandated by the United Nations General Assembly in 1985. IVD now serves as an opportunity to acknowledge, thank and shine a light on the important work of volunteers. Their unwavering commitment, selflessness, and generous dedication of their time and skills contributes to making a positive difference in their communities and beyond.

Positive change through volunteering

IVD highlights the profound impact of volunteerism in fostering social cohesion, promoting sustainable development, and addressing various challenges faced by communities globally. It also aims to inspire and encourage more people to engage in volunteer work, recognising the transformative power of collective action and solidarity in creating a better world for all.

Volunteering Victoria is proud to support International Volunteer Day, recognising the vital role volunteers play in building inclusive, thriving communities.

With over 2.3 million volunteers in Victoria, International Volunteer Day is an annual celebration of their vital contributions to programs, services, and causes across the state.

Join us in honouring and expressing gratitude to the countless volunteers who continue to make a meaningful difference in the lives of others and inspire positive change worldwide.

2023 Theme

This year’s theme – “If Everyone Did” – focuses on collective action. Together, we can make positive change. If everyone volunteered, what would the world be?

Event hashtags: #IfEveryoneDid #IVD2023

Find out more
2023 #IfEveryoneDid


The International Volunteer Day theme and resources are developed by UN Volunteers.
View their IVD 2023 Trello Board for the full package of resources.


International Volunteer Day logo in orange
International Volunteer Day logo in blue

Click below to access the editable certificate templates on Canva.

IVD Certificate of Appreciation - Template 1
IVD Certificate of Appreciation - Template 1