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International Volunteer Day 2019

International Volunteer Day (IVD) is held annually on 5 December to raise awareness on the important role volunteers play in responding to challenges facing the world.

IVD is mandated by the United Nations General Assembly and is viewed as a unique chance for volunteers and organisations to celebrate their efforts, to share their values, and to promote their work among their communities, non-governmental organisations (NGOs), United Nations agencies, government authorities and the private sector.

The theme for IVD 2019 is “Volunteer for an inclusive future”. Volunteering frequently provides opportunities for people, particularly those often excluded to concretely impact their own lives and play a role in their communities by volunteering their time and skills. Through volunteerism, communities often experience strengthened solidarity and inclusion.

The strength of volunteers in protecting their communities is especially evident in the number of CFA volunteers who have given up their time in recent weeks to be a part of strike teams in New South Wales and Queensland and those who have contributed to CFA’s surge capacity in other ways while remaining at home. To read VFBV CEO Adam Barnett’s article on CFA Surge Capacity from the VFBV November 2019 newsletter click here.

If you know a CFA volunteer who has strengthened their community through volunteering, consider nominating them for a Spirit of CFA Award, applications close on 3 January 2020. More information about the Spirit of CFA Awards can be found here.

More stories promoting the value of CFA volunteers and the contributions they make to their local communities:

Huntly CFA volunteers light up the town with safety messages
Young Boort CFA volunteer jumps from school into the fire zone
Stawell parents tag team to ease NSW fire threat
Victorian volunteers step in to stop fire spreading in NSW
Rushworth volunteers return for second stint to ease NSW and Qld fire threat 
Werribee CFA volunteer says protecting the community is number one priority
Flowerdale CFA volunteers return favour to help NSW
South-east Victorian CFA volunteers help ease NSW and Qld fire threat
Commendation for long-serving Bunyip CFA volunteer
Alexandra volunteer recognised for dedicated service
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CFA Volunteers are the unpaid professionals of our Emergency Services. VFBV is their united voice, and speaks on behalf of Victoria's 60,000 CFA Volunteers.