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Paper on the economic value of volunteering and contribution-in-kind (EUCLID & Volonteurope), 2011

Paper on the economic value of volunteering and contribution-in-kind

Roundtable discussion on European financial regulation review and civil society. Contributions from EUCLID & Volonteurope, Authors: Filippo Addarii, Luisa De Amicis, Tamara Flanagan, January 2011.

AGE and Intergroup on Ageing organised a meeting on 'Enhancing the participation of older volunteers through the 2011 European Year of Volunteering (EYV2011)'

AGE and Intergroup on Ageing organised a meeting on 'Enhancing the participation of older volunteers through the 2011 European Year of Volunteering (EYV2011)'

In the context of the European Year of Volunteering (EYV 2011), the Intergroup on Ageing and Intergenerational Solidarity held a meeting on 21 September 2011 to highlight the important contribution that older volunteers bring to society and to reflect on how best to remove the current obstacles to volunteering among older people.

This meeting highlighted how to encourage and facilitate participation in volunteering activities amongst the ageing population.  It also stressed the necessity to bridge the efforts of the EYV2011 and the upcoming 2012 European Year for Active Ageing and Solidarity between Generations (EY2012).  Furthermore, it provided an occasion for Intergroup members and stakeholders to reflect together on how their expectations for the current European Year of Volunteering are being met as well as the benefits that volunteering brings for older people and how this links into the aims of the EY2012 to promote active ageing.  

During the meeting, a Resolution on the importance of involving older people in volunteering activities was endorsed by Cristina Gutierrez Cortines (EPP), Kinga Göncz (S&D), Jean Lambert (Greens), Kartika Liotard (GUE), Liz Lynne (ALDE), Claude Moraes (S&D) and Lambert van Nistelrooij (PPE), Co-Chairs of the Intergroup, and by Martin Kastler (PPE), rapporteur for the EP report on the EY2012. This Resolution presents volunteering as a vital component of active ageing and includes a number of recommendations to the EU and stakeholders at national and local level that would enhance volunteering opportunities for older people.

The meeting showed that all of Europe must mobilize its efforts to support the EY2012 and to extend the work of EYV2011.  Such actions will promote active ageing, intergenerational solidarity, and will provide the stepping stones to the creation of an Age-friendly Europe.

Resolution: http://age-platform.eu/images/stories/Resolution_A4_format.pdf

Paper on the economic value of volunteering and contribution-in-kind (EUCLID & Volonteurope), 2011

Paper on the economic value of volunteering and contribution-in-kind. Roundtable discussion on European financial regulation review and civil society. Contributions from EUCLID & Volonteurope, Authors: Filippo Addarii, Luisa De Amicis, Tamara Flanagan, January 2011

Call for innovators - Social Innovation Competition: Naples 2.0

The International Social Innovation Competition for Naples is open.

 

Working in partnership with local organisations and Unicredit Foundation we have identified 6 challenges in Naples such a villa confiscated to Camorra - the criminal group - to be turned into a profitable business for the community, and called social innovators to submit their solutions.

All innovators are eligible including public and private, profit and not for profit institutions, organisations and enterprises from across the world. This is an opportunity for everybody if interested in taking a challenge for the good of society testing his/her skills and creativity on a difficult ground as Naples.

An international jury will evaluate the applications and proclaim 6 winners at the international conference taking place in Naples on 21 - 23 September.

The winners will receive 10'000 € each one to transform the idea into a project working in partnership with local partners. The organisers will fundraise for the entire budget to implement every project they deem effective and sustainable.

To apply please here

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Hurry up! there are 6 days left to join Discover e-volunteering' Competition!

Are you running a project in which people are helping others via the Internet? The 'Discover e-volunteering' Competition is just for you! Hurry up – there are 6 days left to join the Competition, win prizes and show Europeans how much good they can do in the Web!

 

E-volunteering is volunteering conducted via the Internet. Free Web counseling, forming assistance and self-help groups, promoting partnership, searching for information, or on-line language courses are among many examples of e-volunteering. Through this Competition we hope to show their diversity and to encourage all Europeans to undertake social activity in the Internet!

All organisations from the European Union cooperating with volunteers through the Internet may take part in the Competition. The application form is available on the website: http://www.e-volunteering.eu/competition/ . The deadline for submitting the applications is July 31, 2011.

The Competition will consist of the following stages:

  • May, 25 – July, 31, 2011 - Call for appliactions
  • August, 22 – September, 5, 2011 – The Competition Selection Committee selects 9-12 best projects
  • September, 12 – October, 12, 2011 – On-line voting
  • November 2011 – Final Gala in Warsaw

Attractive financial awards for the Competition winners are funded by the Polish Fundacja Orange (1st prize) , Fondation Orange from France (2nd Prize) and Intel Technology Poland Ltd (3rd prize). The total sum of prizes in the Competition is 6 000 euro.

'Discover e-volunteering' is the only competition, both in Poland and in Europe, which aims at honouring and promoting the most interesting projects concerning the co-operation of non-governmental organizations with the e-voluntaries seeking to help others via the Internet.
It has been also chosen by the European Commission as one of the flagship projects of the European Year of Volunteering 2011.

Detailed information on the Competition, the Regulations, and promotional materials are available on the website: http://www.e-volunteering.eu/competition/

For more information please contact:

Patrycja Rokicka

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Marzena Kacprowicz

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The European edition of 'Discover e-volunteering' is organized by the Good Network Foundation and Fundacja Orange, in cooperation with Competition Partners. The European edition of 'Discover e-volunteering' competition is pursued under the project 'Values ​​and activities of volunteering and e-volunteering' co-financed by the European Union. The European Union is not responsible for any content generated by the project.

Join 'Discover e-volunteering' Competition today!

Does your organization co-operate with volunteers seeking to help others via the Internet? Don't wait till the summertime and join 'Discover E-volunteering' Competition now! Attractive prizes are awaiting for the authors of the best e-volunteering projects.

All organisations from the European Union cooperating with volunteers through the Internet may take part in the Competition. The application form is available on the website: http://www.e-volunteering.eu/competition/ . The deadline for submitting the applications is July 31, 2011.

 

The Competition will consist of the following stages:

  • May, 25 – July, 31,  2011 - Call for appliactions
  • August, 22 – September, 5, 2011 – The Competition Selection Committee selects 9-12 best projects.
  • September, 12 – October, 12, 2011 – On-line voting.
  • November 2011 – Final Gala in Warsaw.

Detailed information on the Competition, the Regulations, and promotional materials are available on the website: http://www.e-volunteering.eu/competition/

For more information please contact:

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The European edition of 'Discover e-volunteering' is organized by the Good Network Foundation and Fundacja Orange, in cooperation with Competition Partners. The European edition of 'Discover e-volunteering' competition is pursued under the project 'Values and activities of volunteering and e-volunteering' co-financed by the European Union. The European Union is not responsible for any content generated by the project.

SEE Youth for the European Year of Volunteering 2011

Sarajevo Seminar is the biggest event in the SEE region that promotes and celebrates European Year of Volunteering in 2011 and 10th anniversary of the International Year of Volunteering in this part of Europe. It is an opportunity that will allow for the productive interaction between enterprises, public institutions and civil society organizations coming from the South East Europe countries, the European Union, the United States as well as from international and intergovernmental organizations.

 

The ceremonial opening of the seminar is scheduled for the 21st of June 2011 at 10.00AM. The seminar participants will be addressed by the representatives of the Council of Europe, OSCE Mission in Bosnia and Herzegovina, Embassy of Poland in Sarajevo, a country which takes over the presidency of the European Union and the organization committee of the seminar.

The importance of this topic can be reflected in the decision of European Union to declare 2011 as the European year of volunteering. Beside European Union, the Council of Europe and UN also acknowledge and recognize volunteers as one of the main resources for combating poverty, social exclusion and promotion of solidarity. For that reason we would like to use this positive tide and give incentives to regional governments, organizations and companies to contribute to better environment for the development of volunteering also in the SEE region and thus mutually invest in the future of our communities.

During four working days, seminar participants will exchange information and experience about the following topics:

- aims of the European Year of Volunteering 2011 and initiatives for celebrating this year in Europe and region of South East Europe,
- volunteering concepts and practices in the region,
- legal framework and volunteering policies on European and regional levels,
- economic value of volunteering, coorporate social responsibility and coorporative volunteering.

The participants of the seminar will also be the speakers from European Volunteer Centre, International Association for Volunteer Effort, Alliance for European Volunteer Service, European Commission Programme Youth in Action as well as the representatives of the organizations from Bosnia and Herzegovina, Serbia, France, Italy, Hungary and USA.

This event is supported by Council of Europe - European Youth Foundation, OSCE Mission to BiH, European Commission - Youth in Action Programme, Technical Assistance for Civil Society Organization in BiH (TACSO BiH) and Civil Society Promotion Centre (CSPC).

Event program can be found at:

http://seeyn.org/images/stories/2011/see%20youth%20for%20the%20european%20year%20of%20volunteering%202011.pdf

 

European Employee Volunteering Awards Case Study Report (BITC), 2011

European Employee Volunteering Awards Case Study Report - Increasing the employability skills of people facing barriers to work. A report published by Business in the Community (BITC), 2011.

Corporate volunteering in Germany (Roland Berger/American Chamber of Commerce), 2011

Corporate volunteering in Germany (Corporate volunteering in Deutschland), Joint study of Roland Berger Strategy Consultants and the American Chamber of Commerce in Germany, April 2011

Summary: For companies in Germany, corporate volunteering is often standard business practice, and this will play an ever-increasing role. When asked about the reason for involvement in corporate volunteering activities, most cited the companies as the primary source of motivation. This shows that companies recognize corporate volunteering as their own social responsibility. Study in German only. Read the summary of the study in English here.

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