How to reach potential volunteers?

”I would like to help but I don´t really know how.” ”I have been thinking that I could do something good for a long time.” I have heard these phrases several times from the people close to me. People are… Continue Reading →

Even in the summer, it’s worthwhile to be a volunteer

For many people, summertime means freedom from work and studies. Abdirizak, 26, from Vantaa, missed having something to do and volunteered with elderly people. – I do have time to play football and go swimming in the evenings and on… Continue Reading →

Blog: Online volunteering as a form of volunteering

My own history of volunteering and activities in different organizations, both in non-governmental organizations and at the university in different tasks as a student, raised questions in my mind every now and then. I wondered why other people commit to… Continue Reading →

Invigorating subculture by volunteering in Tampere

When writing this, I was in my third year at the HUMAK University of Applied Sciences, studying to become a cultural producer. Let’s go back to when I found myself studying volunteer leadership at HUMAK. Subculture music has been a… Continue Reading →

Volunteer coordinators can now complete a tailored immediate supervisor degree

– When I heard that an in-service training program that leads to a degree is starting for volunteer coordinators, I was super exited! says Elisabet Hallikainen from Sylva ry. Hallikainen’s wish came through when she was accepted to the first… Continue Reading →

Where are young people?

The change in the age structure of volunteering has been noticed. The average age of volunteers is increasing and the number of young people involved in volunteer activities is decreasing. In their discussions people contemplate why young people are not… Continue Reading →

Apuna ry brings hope and joy to the everyday lives of disadvantaged people

The phone rings at 8:30 pm on a Tuesday evening. On the phone is a panicky mom – her family has not had a warm meal in days. The next child benefits won’t come until a few weeks from now… Continue Reading →

Blog: Getting more young people involved in volunteering through marketing

Volunteer work has an important role in today’s overburdened welfare state. As the population is aging and the welfare state does not have the resources to upkeep the increasingly bureaucratic service sector, the third sector is expected to supplement the… Continue Reading →

Throw the dice to learn about volunteering!

Colorful slips of paper are lying all over the floor.  A huge plush die is under the table and the people in the room are staring at a peculiarly gesturing fellow man. What on earth is going on? There is… Continue Reading →

Blog: Empowering volunteer work

This text is based on my Master’s thesis on social work, which I completed for the Faculty of Social Sciences at the University of Lapland. I have almost 10 years of experience in working as a volunteer coordinator for the city of… Continue Reading →

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