We work at the grassroots level throughout the Muslim World to counter violent extremism before it takes hold, to promote tolerance and understanding, and to foster better relations with the United States.
By Alexandra Johnson, Outreach Intern 2013
“National service and volunteering can be effective solutions to national challenges and can have positive and lasting impacts that reach beyond the immediate service experience.” – Barack Obama, July 15, 2013
Last week, the AUA blog and social media platforms celebrated and recognized International Volunteer Day (IVD) on December 5th. You might be asking, what happens on IVD? What can I do to participate?
In 1985, the United Nations established International Volunteer Day as a way to recognize all types of volunteering globally. Since then, it has reached the internet, where civil society organizations can submit a statement on their volunteer activities (http://www.volunteeractioncounts.org/en/ivd-2013/), and it has spread awareness on the importance of volunteerism as an agent of peace and human development around the world.
December 5, 2013, however, marked a historic new development International Volunteer Day. On the eve of IVD last week, Congressman Rick Nolan (D-MN) with eight co-sponsors announced the introduction of a resolution recognizing “International Service Day” and honoring volunteer service. The resolution calls on the Administration to “further develop the strong spirit of partnership and global service connecting the U.S. Peace Corps with its nonprofit [counterparts]…in service for enhanced impacts in cross cultural understanding and development outcomes.” This week Senator Ed Markey will be introducing a companion resolution in the U.S. Senate. An excerpt of the resolution, of particular relevance to AUA’s mission, can be found below:
Whereas international volunteering provides meaningful opportunities to build cross-cultural understanding while addressing vital human development needs;
Whereas a 2006 Terror Free Tomorrow poll of the world’s three largest Muslim countries (Indonesia, Bangladesh, and Pakistan) indicates that development assistance results in substantial favorable change in opinion toward the United States. (To read more Follow this link)
Join AUA in supporting this resolution, sharing the good news, and thanking the sponsors of this resolution. For our part, America’s Unofficial Ambassadors will continue to strengthen and widen our volunteer community, building understanding and creating people-to-people partnerships in the Muslim World for a safer and more cooperative future.