"On Dec. 5, the entire world is celebrating International Volunteer Day. I am very please to greet those who follow their hearts in helping others. For several years now, volunteers have been inspiring and encouraging positive changes in the society. It was the Revolution of Dignity and the Russian aggression, when the volunteer movement in Ukraine was born and received new forms of existence. Thanks to you, defenders of territorial integrity and independence of our state feel they are taken care of," the president's greeting reads.
Poroshenko stressed that "our volunteers react to social and individual challenges daily, and are always ready to support those who need help."
"Genuine patriotism, a sincere sense of duty, striving to freedom and democracy, empathy and care - these are the traits that secured you respect and trust from our compatriots. I am certain that together we will build thriving Ukraine, because your moral courage and adamant nature are a guarantee of that.
"I wish you and your families be healthy, wealthy, and in peace," the president summed up.