The United Nations (UN) made a historical epoch decision when its General Assembly expressed their views for the recognition of volunteerism, which led to the establishment of the International Volunteer Day (IVD), through Resolution A/RES/40/212 on 17 December 1985.
The International Volunteer Day (IVD) provides an opportunity for volunteer-involving organizations and individual volunteers to work together on projects and campaigns promoting their contributions to economic and social development at local, national and international levels.
By merging UN support with a grass root mandate, IVD has been a unique opportunity for government agencies, non-profit organizations, community groups, the private sector and volunteer-involving organizations to work together to attain common goals. Since then, governments, the UN system and civil society organizations have successfully joined volunteers around the world to celebrate the day on 5 December.
Therefore, Voluntary Aid and Development Organization (VADO) considering the need to identify as a compliant unit with the United Nations idea adopted this resolution towards supporting, promoting and contributing utilitarian strategies that will help to further the ideals of volunteerism.
Furthermore, the United Nations Public Service Day which is commemorated every 23rd June, has informed us on the need to channel our volunteer-based efforts into programmes and projects that will enhance the delivery of services both from the public, private and non-profit sectors; engaging young people in providing public ancillary services as volunteers and grass root socio-economic development actors, where manpower resources can be subsequently tapped, in contributing to nation building and human capacity development.