International Volunteer Day (IVD) is celebrated each year on 5 December and was established by the United Nations General Assembly in 1985. IVD provides volunteer organisations and individual volunteers with the opportunity to raise the public awareness of their contributions to economic and social development at local, national and international levels.
IVD is celebrated worldwide with thousands of volunteers involved in a range of events as diverse as the volunteers themselves. Events include clean-up campaigns, conferences, exhibitions, morning teas and many other activities all aimed at highlighting the role of volunteers in their communities.
COTA NT traditionally supports International Volunteers Day with a luncheon for staff and volunteers. In this way, it offers a thank you to its team of committed, hard-working senior volunteers who volunteer their time, skills and resources to COTA and to seniors in the Northern Territory. Without them our program of work would not have the success that it does.