It would be impossible to mark this International Volunteers Day without recognizing the extraordinary work that has been done in 2020 to protect and prepare communities during the COVID-19 pandemic. We’ve seen hundreds of thousands of new volunteer sign ups globally this year.
Not only have we welcomed new volunteers, we’ve also seen new areas of volunteering we had never imagined before COVID-19. Whether they’ve served for ten years or ten months, volunteers have risen to the new challenges posed by the pandemic – quickly adapting humanitarian assistance to continue bringing hope and help to communities who need it most.
In a world that can feel increasingly divided, every individual action of solidarity, of peace, of lending a hand and supporting your community counts – no matter how big or small it may seem. As the world’s largest humanitarian network, we know this collective local action has a massive global impact.
On International Volunteers Day, as with every day, we are deeply proud of the millions of Red Cross and Red Crescent volunteers around the world saving lives and striving for our shared humanity. We thank each and every one of them.