Every single day, volunteers around the world make a difference in their communities. On International Volunteer Day, we want to pay tribute to the incredible Red Cross and Red Crescent volunteers.

There are more than 11.6 million active volunteers sharing their knowledge, skills and compassion in communities large and small in nearly every country in the world. All are dedicated to saving and improving lives – whether by responding to disasters and health crises, teaching people first aid, working to reduce the risk of disasters or the spread of disease, or helping vulnerable people to access the services and support they need to live full, safe, and dignified lives.

No matter the task or the humanitarian service offered, Red Cross and Red Crescent volunteers give their time and skills freely, without discrimination, and work hard to ensure no-one is left behind.

You can read about what motivates some of our volunteers here, and you can find information about your National Red Cross or Red Crescent Society – including about how to become a volunteer – here.

To all our volunteers – past, present and future – IFRC says:

Thanks for your commitment.

Thanks for your passion.

Thanks for your service.