Volunteerism development programmeIn the modern society volunteering is encouraged and valued as one of the key initiators of the social capital development, and volunteers have an important role in the shaping of cohesive and stable social environment. The countries with developed democracy appreciate various organizations and institutions that promote and support volunteer engagement of the citizens for the common good.
Volunteerism development programme is a part of the systematic and well-planned action of the Volunteer Centre with a goal to establish continuous, structured and quality support to the volunteers, organizations in need of volunteers and other stakeholders relevant for the volunteering development. By this, we want to ensure permanent transfer of values of the civic engagement, solidarity, and humanity.
Improvement of the structured support to the development, and the affirmation of the volunteering which contributes to the faster, more human and more effective improvement of the quality of life in our community. Structured support considers the set of those activities and methods which are directed to the promotion and advocacy of volunteering, development of innovative models for engaging volunteers and to provide continuous information and consultation services to the key stakeholders in the community.
Long-term Goal of the Programme:
Specific Goals of the Programme:
- To promote and affirm the values of volunteering.
- To increase the number of volunteers in Slavonia and Baranja.
- To encourage and implement innovative social projects that involve volunteers.
- To encourage development of inclusive volunteering as a contribution to the integration and greater employability of persons at risk of social exclusion.
- To improve the capacities of organizations and institutions to involve volunteers.
- To contribute to affirmation of youth volunteering through education for volunteering.
- To encourage and support employee volunteering in the community.
There are lots of different definitions and dimensions of volunteering around the world, but there are several key elements worldwide that describe volunteering as unpaid, not career-oriented, non-profit and freely chosen activity, which appears in various ways.
What is volunteering?
This definition was accepted in Croatia and adopted by the Croatian Law on volunteering (NN 58/07, 22/13): “Volunteering considers free willingly investment of persona time, effort, knowledge and skills needed for providing services or activities for the benefit of the other person or for a common welfare, and they are provided by the persons, in the manner provided by this Act, without the existence of conditions regarding financial payments or claims of the other pecuniary benefit for the volunteering done. “
„Volunteerism is a basic expression of human relationships. It is about people’s need to participate in their societies and to feel that they matter to others. We strongly believe that the social relationships intrinsic to volunteer work are critical to individual and community well-being. The ethos of volunteerism is infused with values including solidarity, reciprocity, mutual trust, belonging and empowerment, all of which contribute significantly to quality of life.
People the world over engage in volunteerism for a great variety of reasons: to help to eliminate poverty and to improve basic health and education, to provide a safe water supply and adequate sanitation, to tackle environmental issues and climate change, to reduce the risk of disasters and to combat social exclusion and violent conflict. In all of these fields, volunteerism contributes to peace and development by generating well-being for people and their communities. Volunteerism also forms the backbone of many national and international non-governmental organizations and other civil society organizations as well as social and political movements. It is present in the public sector and is increasingly a feature of the private sector. “(UN State of the World's Volunteerism Report, 2011)
Volunteers contribute to the implementation of the EU policies, like, for instance, the policy of social inclusion and development aid. Volunteering can be used as a tool for encouraging active and responsible civic engagement in the EU, which is crucial in realization of the European ideals and values, like democracy, solidarity, and active engagement in the society. This social phenomenon can be a powerful tool for conciliation and rebuilding in divided societies.
Republic of Croatia with its public policies joined the new wave of democratic standards creating enabling environment for affirmation of values and volunteering practice.
Translation to English: Sanja Džalto, volunteer