International Volunteers Day

Celebrating the contribution and achievements of volunteers.

International Volunteer Day (IVD) was formally adopted by the United Nations (UN) General Assembly in December 1985. Since then, IVD takes place annually on 5th December as a celebration of volunteers and volunteering in all forms. The main focus of IVD 2014 is not only to celebrate volunteerism in all its facets but also to pay special tribute to people’s participation in making a difference at all levels. The day is also an opportunity for the charities, organisations and individual volunteers to promote their contributions for the betterment of society at local, national and international levels.

Countries across the globe celebrate IVD supported by the Governments. IVD is also marked by many non-governmental organisations such as The Scouts and is supported by the UN Volunteer Programme (UNVP). The UNVP is involved in mobilising thousands of volunteers every year and works closely with partners and governments to establish national volunteer programmes and initiatives.

Volunteers are ordinary people doing extraordinary things, and for many charities they are at the heart of everything that is done and achieved by the charity; they are the true ‘unsung’ heroes of society.

READ Foundation runs 340 schools educating 80,000 children, employing 4,000 teachers and looking after 8,000 orphans, making it one of the largest educational NGOs of rural Pakistan.

READ Foundation Volunteers are the backbone of our charitable work and without their support we wouldn’t be able to help educate the needy and orphan children that we do.

Our volunteers get involved in various campaigns, events and challenges throughout the year in the UK and abroad.

To find out more about volunteering with READ Foundation and how you can get involved, please visit

Complete the online form and download the volunteer pack today!

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