Today, December 5, is International Volunteer Day. In addition to rallies, free medical care events, celebrations, and community gatherings, today is especially poignant in the volunteer world, because it marks the tenth anniversary of the 2001 International Year of the Volunteer (so the United Nations is calling today, IYV +10). It also corresponds with the European Year of the Volunteer, so the ripples in the pond are global…ripples that come from YOU making a difference at home or when you travel (or both).
If you’re looking for a new volunteer gig, here is a list of international organizations partnering with the U.N. to further the Millennium Development Goals by 2015. Or go out your front door. Just find a way, today especially, to be larger than your own skin. And celebrate the hard work you’ve already been doing. And by the way–thank you for doing that, and thank you for what you’re about to take on.