William Schmidt
Will Schmidt
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INFOGRAPHIC: 5 Ways to Celebrate International Volunteer Day

If you ask nonprofits what their most important resource is, a lot of them would say it’s volunteers. They recognize that volunteers coming together to better their community is a beautiful thing to witness.

Other nonprofits might cite statistics that add an economic value to volunteer hours. Independent Sector calculated that the average value for one hour of volunteering in 2015 was $23.56—that’s huge for nonprofits.

“The estimate helps acknowledge the millions of individuals who dedicate their time, talents, and energy to making a difference,” says Independent Sector. “Charitable organizations can use this estimate to quantify the enormous value volunteers provide.”

Any way you spin it, volunteers deserve their recognition and due time in the sun. That’s precisely why the United Nations founded International Volunteer Day (IVD) in December 1985.

Every year on IVD, the world stands together to pay tribute to volunteers’ participation in making a difference locally, nationally, and globally. This year, Classy put together an infographic to showcase different ways you can celebrate volunteering by, well, volunteering on December 5, 2016.

The best way to not feel hopeless is to get up and do something. Don’t wait for good things to happen to you. If you go out and make some good things happen, you will fill the world with hope, you will fill yourself with hope.

Barack Obama

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One of our favorite parts of International Volunteer Day is seeing the different ways individuals, groups, and organizations pitch in to celebrate. Even a simple social media post calling out the volunteers in your life goes a long way. If you or your organization end up doing anything to celebrate, be sure to let us know. Have fun!


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