Willingly a volunteer?

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.   The question posed in the title is appropriate, as ”brownie moms” and ”volunteer dads”… Continue Reading →

Member organization: Parempi avioliitto ry (Association for better marriage)

In this new article series, member organizations of the 25-year-old Kansalaisareena (Citizen Forum) describe their operations and activities. Hope, support, and strength from peer support couple activities Peer support couple is a volunteer couple that has been trained for its… 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: 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 →

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 →

Article Series: Citizen Frank

“If you help me today and I’ll help you tomorrow, we’ll both be better off.” At the top of the introduction to Kansalaisareena’s (Citizen Forum) activity is stated that “almost half of the Finns do volunteer work, and four out… Continue Reading →

Art born from the past with substance use

First there was a poem and the poem was inside Riikka-Lea Putkuri (48). Via the hand that moved the paintbrush colours and forms were born from the poem. The creating of the paintings was also a journey of the mind,… Continue Reading →

Volunteer coordinators’ view on volunteering among asylum seekers and refugees

An asylum seeker is someone who has moved to a foreign country and whose request or application for asylum is being processed. Whereas a refugee is someone who fled persecution or conflict, and is granted the right to reside in… Continue Reading →

Volunteering opportunity for English speakers

Michael Hummel, originally from Austria, moved to Finland in 2009 to work at Aalto University. Michael used to attend meetings organized by the Helsinki Fair Trade coffee club “Eetti”. There he asked his friends about volunteering opportunities for English speaking… Continue Reading →

Supporting the mental health of asylum seekers and refugees

SERENE – calm, peaceful, tranquil Most of those who have come to Finland as asylum seekers and refugees have lived through  extremely hard experiences, both back in their home countries and when fleeing from there. Often, difficulties continue also in… Continue Reading →

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