Building a stronger community together
The United Nations Volunteers (UNV) program has released this year's State of the World’s Volunteerism Report called The thread that binds. The United Nations (UN) is working toward the path laid out in the 2030 Agenda and its Sustainable Development Goals that were adopted nearly three years ago by our world leaders. The importance of volunteerism is noted in the foreward of this report "Realizing the ambitions of the 2030 Agenda requires mobilizing extraordinary resources and talents and the goodwill of ordinary people around the world – and UN Volunteers, working alongside local volunteers around the world, are stepping up to the challenge." It goes on to state "Volunteerism connects people, enabling them to work together to tackle the pressing issues of our time. To make good on the promise to make the Sustainable Development Goals a reality for all, we need everyone to follow the lead of the current estimated 1 billion volunteers and make a difference in each of our communities."
While this report, along with its findings, refer to a world-wide exploration of the impacts of volunteering and may not directly relate to any one given area or locale, we still would like to point out these key findings in the overview to emphasize the greater importance volunteerism brings to individual communities with the empowerment and empactful choices it can provide.
The full 144 page report The thread that binds: Volunteerism and community resilience can be found here - https://www.unv.org/sites/default/files/2018%20The%20thread%20that%20binds%20final.pdf