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Volunteering is spreading to all sectors

42% of Finns say that they have volunteered during the last four weeks and half during last year. Volunteering is good for both the volunteer and the target of the activity. Most of the volunteer work is done among children… Continue Reading →

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 →

Editorial: Volunteering elections

The Parliament election takes place in about a month. The parties and the candidates are already campaigning intensively, mostly with the aid of volunteers. In Finland, all the parties think that an open and functioning society is one of the… Continue Reading →

Volunteering as a promoter of involvement and inclusion

I participated in the CEV (European Volunteer Center) Autumn Volunteering Congress on 25.-26.10.2018 in Brussels. Kansalaisareena (Citizen Forum) offered its member organizations an opportunity to participate in the conference. In my blog, I present thoughts arisen there about how volunteering… 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 →

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 →

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