On 5th December, 2018, United Nations Volunteers (UNV) India celebrated International Volunteers Day (IVD). The IVD theme for 2018 was “Volunteers Build Resilient Communities” and aimed at recognizing and celebrating volunteers with a special focus on local community volunteers – those who contribute to making their communities more resilient against natural disasters, economic stresses and political shocks. As part of IVD 2018, UNV India hosted ‘V-Awards’ to recognize local community volunteers from across India who have conducted exceptional work at the grassroot level. ‘V-Awards’, an initiative of UNV India, aims to celebrate young people, who are making the world a better place for all, through their acts of volunteerism, every day and everywhere. This year, more than 450 applications from various regions of India were received for this prestigious award and a five-member expert jury was constituted to carefully select the most deserving candidates. The shortlisting process was grueling yet rewarding and the ten finalists were revealed in a grand event hosted at the UN House in New Delhi on the occasion of IVD.
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