April is Global Volunteer Month. Giving back provides a fulfilling feeling, helps you connect with others, and supports good mental health. That’s just a few of the many reasons why you should celebrate Global Volunteer Month. So, what is Global Volunteer Month? Here’s everything you need to know for this month-long celebration!
What Is Global Volunteer Month?
Nothing is more commendable than donating your time to do good for the world. Community staples like soup kitchens, animal shelters, and emergency services wouldn’t be possible without the support of volunteers.
That’s why it’s so important to raise awareness about volunteering and lead by example by participating in volunteer work. Global Volunteer Month promotes both of these initiatives by shining a light on volunteers and encouraging others to follow in their footsteps.
The History of Global Volunteer Month
The first Global Volunteer Month started in Canada in 1943 as a way to honor the women who aided wounded soldiers and assisted with collecting supplies during World War II. When the war ended, the month-long celebration faded away.
In 1974, the United States adopted Volunteer Week. Since then, this holiday has evolved back into the Global Volunteer Month that we all celebrate today!
3 Ways to Celebrate Global Volunteer Month
Whether you are looking to volunteer, are a volunteer, or appreciate volunteers, April is the month to give thanks and give back! Here are some fantastic ways to celebrate Global Volunteer Month!
1. Donate Your Time
Time is one of our most precious assets. We can always make more money and donate it within seconds from our smartphones. However, donating your time requires being present and engaging with others in the community.
Volunteer Month is an excellent opportunity to help your neighbors in need and to make volunteering a regular part of your routine. Consider reaching out to common places that look for help, such as an assisted living center, local farm, or homeless shelter, to inquire about volunteering opportunities.
2. Do Something Local
Can’t commit to a regular volunteering date? There are many other ways you can give back this month. In fact, committing to volunteer even once or twice can help you diversify your contributions to society!
Plan a couple of days per week this month where you can create opportunities to be more charitable. For instance, you can organize a canned food drive at work, create social media fundraisers, donate your clothes, pick up litter outdoors, or make a cash donation to an organization of your choice.
Every little bit counts, whether you’re donating time or money!
3. Throw A Party
Do you have a favorite charity and appreciate the work they do? Throw a party for their volunteers.
Remember, volunteers aren’t being compensated for their time. While volunteers perform these charitable deeds out of the goodness of their hearts, they still deserve recognition for their hard work and time.
Throwing a party for volunteers is a fun way to help them feel appreciated, which in turn, only reinforces their desire to do good through volunteering.
There are many ways to show your appreciation for your community and its volunteers this Global Volunteer Month. Get in on the fun all month long and carry that goodwill into the rest of the year! To find volunteer opportunities with the J visit our volunteer page.