It’s Time to Reimagine Volunteering

We are living amazing times, surprising and disruptive  as well. And now more than ever we are taking a step back to reflect and reorganize. To reimage our life. We think about things which we haven’t conceived so far and we do things which we wouldn’t normally do. It’s a time when our mistakes and our differences are exposed and when vulnerable groups all over the world face critical situations.

No matter what you’re involved in right now, we want you to know that you too can be doing your part to make a change, even if in lockdown. How? Volunteer online. You can change someone’s life, today, from the comfort of your living room.

Online volunteering has been developing ever since the internet came around. But now, powered by the major lifestyle changes brought to us by this pandemic, volunteering online is for many of us bound to stay at home the only way in which we can make a difference. In the meantime, for many others it becomes a crucial way of receiving lifesaving contributions.

There are many organisations which offer formal online volunteering programs and you can easily find one that is suitable to you, from website creation, to translations, writing and editing or graphic design, just to name a few. Recently we’ve joined the UNV Online Volunteering  platform, an amazing such resource which connects more than 10,000 volunteers with public-impact opportunities in 187 countries.

Part of our first mission with the UN Volunteers is to spread the word and involve as many people as possible in the global conversations aiming to integrate volunteering into the 2030 Agenda of Sustainable Development. Along these lines we are sharing with you the survey which the United Nations Volunteers Programme and the International Federation of Red Cross and Red Crescent societies have launched as part of these global conversations to mark the UN’s 75th Anniversary. 

Its focus lies exclusively on the role of volunteering in building a brighter global future. 

The SDGs need urgent action. Take the #volunteerSDGs survey to let us know how volunteers can help deliver the extraordinary. Join our cause by making your voice heard and share this article to help others  share their opinions. Let’s help volunteers shape the world we want to see!

Your response will contribute to a global repository of crowd-sourced solutions which will be showcased at this year’s Global Technical Meeting on Reimagining Volunteering for the 2030 Agenda and will empower volunteers to help achieve a safer, fairer and more sustainable world by 2045 – the United Nation’s 100th anniversary.

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