A volunteer is the most powerful social capital that any nation has. Being a volunteer is a matter of pride for an individual, a kind of social work which needs sincere dedication and utmost care as well as attention to those who deserve it.
There are the several reasons that one may choose to volunteer. The first reason is that it enables us to gain new skills, ability through practice or training. Volunteer allows you to work together with different groups of people. We gain skills like organisation, time management, problem solving, leadership, presentation, teamwork, interpersonal communication, creative thinking etc.
Sir Archibald McIndoe has rightly pointed out that, “Skill is fine and genius is splendid but the right contacts are more valuable than either.” Volunteering enables confidence, self-development and self-motivation.
On the eve of international Volunteer Day 2020 Antonio Guterres, Secretary General of United Nations (UNSG) had a great message for the world, highlighting the important contributions of volunteers amidst the COVID-19 pandemic:
“Around the world volunteers have been assisting vulnerable groups, correcting misinformation, educating children, providing essential services to the elderly and supporting frontline health workers. As we gradually recover from pandemic, volunteers will have a key role to play in accelerating the transition to green, inclusive and just economics. Indeed, volunteering is the backbone of our societies. Often working with the United Nations, volunteers build a sense of togetherness. They strengthen social cohesion and they help to protect communities, especially by reaching those most at need. This is why, on International Volunteer Day, I appeal to all governments to promote volunteering, support volunteer efforts and recognise volunteer contributions to the achievements of the sustainable development goals.”
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