Nearly 100,000 volunteers in Poland

The Covid-19 pandemic has not decreased volunteers commitment but has only opened up new fields of activity, with emphasis on ill people and senior citizens, according to Caritas. Marcin Bielecki/PAP

Nearly 100,000 Poles take part in volunteering activities, including around 90,000 committed to projects carried out by the Caritas Catholic charity and 3,000 young people involved in missionary volunteering.

The Covid-19 pandemic has not decreased their commitment but has only opened up new fields of activity, with emphasis on ill people and senior citizens, according to Caritas.

According to the CBOS researcher, the percentage of Poles involved in volunteering has been on the rise. There are more women than men who are willing to offer their assistance to those in need (75 to 65 percent). Volunteering is more popular among residents of cities with the population exceeding 500,000, where around 83 percent see the need to provide help.

International Volunteer Day mandated by the UN General Assembly in 1985, is held each year on December 5. It is viewed as a unique chance for volunteers and organisations to celebrate their efforts, to share their values, and to promote their work among their communities, non-governmental organisations (NGOs), United Nations agencies, government authorities and the private sector, according to the UN website.