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Citizen activism

Different kind of lobbying: defending volunteering in the European Union

What are lobbyists up to while politicians are out campaigning for the EU elections? What does a non-profit lobbying organisation do? Why are refugees a priority item on the European volunteering agenda? Meet Gabriella Civico, Director of the European Volunteer… Continue Reading →

Volunteering for me and others

In the blog series ”Volunteering is diamond”, we publish articles on volunteering by students who study volunteer leadership at the HUMAK Open University of Applied Sciences.   I´ve never thought volunteering to be a big part or even a part of… Continue Reading →

How to get involved in volunteering?

In the blog series ”Volunteering is diamond”, we publish articles on volunteering by students who study volunteer leadership at the HUMAK Open University of Applied Sciences.    In my childhood, I got a comprehensive model to participate in various forms of… Continue Reading →

Member organization: Suomen Kylät ry

In this new article series, member organizations of the 25-year-old Kansalaisareena (Citizen Forum) describe their operations and activities. Suomen Kylät ry (“Finland’s Villages Association”) is an organization that acts nationwide for local development – the very tiny and concrete things… 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 →

Volunteering and the Active Model –seminar filled Kansalaisinfo Visitor’s Centre in April

The seminar about possibly including volunteer work in the active model, organized by Citizen Forum and the Finnish Parliament’s Support Group for Volunteer Work, was attended by 86 interested participants. Anne Kalmari (Centre Party), the chairperson of the Support Group… Continue Reading →

Member organization: The Traumatic Brain Injury Association of Finland

Susanne “Usi” Riikonen was in a rear-end collision in the end of August 2002. – I was stopped in front of a pedestrian crossing to let someone cross the road. I was already starting to move and I leaned towards… Continue Reading →

Voluntarily dedicated

Two middle aged women run into each other by coincidence. “Our exhibition has broken all the records!” “Such great things have been written about us in the media!”   The conversation continues. “Yeah, and it’s nice to talk to people… Continue Reading →

Fundraising legislation still needs refining – act now!

The Ministry of the Interior is preparing a new fundraising legislation. This is a remarkable reformation. Statements for the bill are collected until 14.3. The current plan is that the parliament will discuss the law proposal in the fall of… Continue Reading →

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