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.

2017 Nelson Mandela International Day Volunteering Opportunities

This year, the South African Consulate General partnered with New York Cares for the following volunteering opportunities in New York City:

  • Assist the City Harvest Mobile Market - Bed-Stuy
    Wednesday, 19 July 2017, 8:45 a.m.

  • Sort Clothing with Housing Works - Queens
    Wednesday, 19 July 2017, 1:00 p.m.

  • Assist the City Harvest Mobile Market - Queens
    Thursday, 20 July 2017, 8:45 a.m.

  • Sort with GOOD+ Foundation - Manhattan
    Thursday, 20 July 2017, 3:00 p.m.

There are limited volunteer slots per event and RSVPs will be accepted on a first-come-first-served basis. Register by emailing

In addition to the above projects, a one-hour orientation will be held by NY Cares on Monday, 17 July 2017 from 4:00 pm to 5:00 pm at the South African Consulate General, 333 East 38th Street, New York, NY 10016. Photo ID is required to gain access to the building. After this orientation, you will be able to choose from thousands of volunteer projects through NY Cares that benefit children, adults, and the community.











Rev: Tuesday, 11 July, 2017