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Volunteering is "contagious"

“Volunteering” is contagious in a positive way according to a representative from a Kenya based organisation, who attended a UN-supported conference on volunteering, recently held in Mexico.

According to the UN, more than one billion people globally offer their time and experience for free every year.

Volunteerism is seen as a powerful means of tackling development challenges across the world.

Pierre-Marc Rene has been speaking to Fredrick Sabia.

Duration: 3’34”

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Volunteering should be “open to all”

Volunteerism is a basic form of “social expression” and should be open to anyone who wants to contribute to the social good.

That’s according to Geoffrey Prewitt, the Chief of Development Programming at UN Volunteers (UNV).

Globally, there are around 7000 UNVs, as they are known, working in approximately 130 countries.

UN Photo/Deganit Perez.

Volunteering enhances "liberty of others" one meal at a time

Providing free healthy meals to the elderly might seem like a small step but it allows them to stay in their homes longer, thus enhancing their autonomy and, ultimately, their freedom.

That’s the opinion of Jose Luis Sanchez, a manager at Citymeals on Wheels, which ensures that homebound senior citizens in New York City never lack food or human company.

United Nations staff volunteered with the organization this Monday in observance of Nelson Mandela International Day.