Commission on Voluntary Service & Action is holding a Celebration of International Volunteer Day 2102 on December 5, with the theme "Think Globally - Act Locally" featuring a panel of speakers from several local New York-based non-government organizations that have been responding to urgent disaster relief & recovery needs in low-income communities devastated by Hurricane Sandy, a volunteer fair with a dozen more community-based organizations that serve people in need and organize for change, and our event will feature the special screening of Yann Arthus-Bertrand's most recent film: "A Thirsty World."
This film portrays how some non-government development organizations around the world have taken the initiative to address the systemic problem of lack of access to clean drinking water. A Q&A discussion will be held after the film headed by a representative from the Water Program of Grace Communications Foundation.
The event is organized by Commission on Voluntary Service & Action, a non-government organization that has an entirely volunteer staff and promotes volunteer service opportunities throughout the U.S. and the world. The event is being hosted by the LaGuardia Community College in Long Island City, New York and open to the public.
The panel discussion our event opens with will address the long-term role of volunteers in disaster relief & recovery in low-income areas where the devastation of Hurricane Sandy exacerbates the pre-existing problems of unemployment, hunger and lack of affordable housing. All the organizations that participate in our event will be signing up many new volunteers there.