Spain – Ordinary people with extraordinary abilities: International Volunteer Day

05 December 2019

(ANS - Madrid) - Today, Thursday 5 December, International Volunteer Day is being celebrated. The Salesian Family wants to focus on this day, given that volunteering is one of the driving forces behind the activities it carries out.

The Salesian Family commemorates the International Day of Volunteering as a large number of volunteers all over the world collaborate with the youth-center oratories, in social platforms and in parishes, in missionary volunteer programs, as in youth and ecclesial movements.

To celebrate this day, for example, the "RECONOCE" program, promoted by the Confederation of Youth Centers "Don Bosco" of Spain, has proposed to flood the social networks with photographs that bear witness to the importance of volunteering. The idea is that each volunteer uploads a photo of him/herself with the hashtag #PersonasCorrientesConHabilidadesExtraordinarias and thus give "faces" to this day of celebration, December 5 (# 5D).

In 1985 the UN proclaimed this international day to give recognition to the work and dedication of all those who work as volunteers, as well as to all the organizations that support them. Volunteering allows individuals and communities to participate in their own growth and that of societies.

"RECONOCE" is a project led by the Confederation of Don Bosco Youth Centers of Spain, in collaboration with the "Didania" Federation and the "ASDE" Scouts of Spain, who decided to work together to highlight the experience of volunteering in the sector of educational leisure time, to make the business world and society in general aware of the skills acquired through volunteering and to improve the employment opportunities of young people. Just these three youth organizations, together, have about 15,000 volunteers throughout Spain ...

The Confederation of Don Bosco Youth Centers of Spain currently consists of 9 Federations that operate in 14 Autonomous Communities and which, in turn, comprise 126 youth centers. It has around 3,521 volunteers and 127 people who work full-time with contracts, all of whom serve around 66,000 people in various programs and initiatives.

Updates, with all the news of the project, are available at the website:

Furthermore, every year the volunteer platform of Spain, to which the Salesian organizations belong, publishes a poster around the celebration of this #5D; this time, with the slogan: "Volunteering and Planet" related to the 25th United Nations conference on climate changes (COP25) underway in Madrid.

Last week, the organizations of the Salesians and the Daughters of Mary Help of Christians presented their proposals for the care of this common house through the Campaign: "Ponte en verde por el futuro de los jóvenes" (Go green for the future of young people.)


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