Volunteers: Putting More “Human” in Human Rights

A Red Cross Volunteer providing first aid assistance in Haiti.
A Red Cross Volunteer providing first aid assistance in Haiti.

There is something so incredible, so special, so warm and fuzzy about people dedicating their time, their sweat, their skills and their passion to make sure others are able to live in safety, freedom and health.

Each day at VolunteerMatch we see nonprofits engaging volunteers in new ways to fight for and protect human rights all over the world. From online fundraising and social media marketing, to marching in rallies and demonstrations, to being the voice of a child in need, volunteers make a difference every day for those who can’t always help themselves.

And when you look into the eyes of these volunteers, when you listen to their storiesand stand by their side, you can see their passion and their pride. You can feel how much they care about those they are helping and about each other. For them, it is not so much about the policy, or the PR, or the money raised. It’s about the humanity.

A volunteer with Rising Fountain Development Program pumps water in a rural village.
A volunteer with Rising Fountain Development Program pumps water in a rural village.
A volunteer helping out at the San Francisco Food Bank.
A volunteer helping out at the San Francisco Food Bank.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

It’s important to remember, no matter what’s going on (or not going on) in the world, in the government or in our own communities, that we can always learn more from our volunteers.

This post is part of Blog Action Day 2013, which brings together bloggers from different countries, interests and languages to blog about one important global topic on the same day. This year is all about Human Rights.