The 2018 State of the World’s Volunteerism Report presents new evidence on the role of volunteerism in strengthening community resilience.
Weaving patterns of resilience
Volunteers are at the forefront of every major conflict, natural disaster and other acute shock. Less visibly, everyday and everywhere, all types of people are volunteering to tackle stresses that test their resilience, such as poor education, ill health and poverty. In many communities, particularly where public support and safety nets are absent, volunteering emerges as a fundamental survival strategy, because it enables collective strategies for managing risk.