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Nelson Mandela International Day - Volunteer Interest Registration


Nelson Mandela International Day - Volunteer Interest Registration

This year, New York Cares is working with the South African Consulate General to make sure that is easy for everyone to inspire change during a week of service from July 17 – 21.

Take Action in honor of Nelson Mandela by following one of the 3 options below.

  1. New to New York Cares? Attend an Orientation hosted by the South African Consulate and learn about the work New York Cares does year-round. Sign up for this special session on July 17 (4PM - 5PM) at or see all upcoming sessions at
  2. Already Oriented? If you are already a New York Cares volunteer, let us know you are volunteering for Nelson Mandela Day, by clicking the sign up button below and then signing up for one or more projects between July 17th and 21st at
  3. Want to volunteer right away? Join a group from the South African Consulate on projects during the week of service, that don’t require a special training. You can register for these by emailing

For more information please contact Maggie Bernhard,, 212.402.1108 or visit the consulate’s Nelson Mandela Day page at:

Please note there is no project on 7/31. This is just a way to track interested volunteers.


Take Action! Inspire Change: Every year on 18 July — the day Nelson Mandela was born — the UN joins a call by the Nelson Mandela Foundation to devote 67 minutes of time to helping others, as a way to mark Nelson Mandela International Day. For 67 years Nelson Mandela devoted his life to the service of humanity — as a human rights lawyer, a prisoner of conscience, an international peacemaker and the first democratically elected president of a free South Africa.

How the Day came about: In November 2009, the UN General Assembly declared 18 July "Nelson Mandela International Day" in recognition of the former South African President’s contribution to the culture of peace and freedom.

General Assembly resolution A/RES/64/13 recognizes Nelson Mandela’s values and his dedication to the service of humanity, in the fields of conflict resolution, race relations, the promotion and protection of human rights, reconciliation, gender equality and the rights of children and other vulnerable groups, as well as the upliftment of poor and underdeveloped communities. It acknowledges his contribution to the struggle for democracy internationally and the promotion of a culture of peace throughout the world.