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Citizen activism

Hygiene and security need to be guaranteed when voluntarily assisting on COVID-19

Among Finns, the corona virus has created a great desire to assist. For example, Facebook groups and Nappi Naapuri service have received a large amount of offers to help those who are isolated and/or in quarantine and in need of… Continue Reading →

Civil Society is going strong but is it diverging from the people?

Latest research has studied how representatives of organizations view the potential of their activities today. Civil society is getting more professional in character but that also has a reverse side. Does the financier guide organizations’ operations too much? This blog… Continue Reading →

Editorial: Volunteers can do anything

Climate Aid concert at the end of November at Helsinki Music Hall was a powerful effort involving dozens of music professionals and enthusiasts as well as others interested in the event. The concert and the children´s and youth events organized… Continue Reading →

Climate Aid encourages and calls for climate action

In May 2019, Brian May, the guitarist of the band Queen, hoped for another concert like the famous Live Aid concert held in 1985, but this time to combat climate change. The idea, that had probably rushed through the minds… Continue Reading →

Volunteerism in the third and fourth sector

The transformation of civic society is an active topic of discussion today. Next to the third sector voluntarism, an independent fourth sector has risen, gaining significant attention. This against the overall organizational concerns that people in general may not want… Continue Reading →

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 →

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 →

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