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GNNVC Members

 

Use the interactive map to locate GNNVC members worldwide and use the tabs to learn more about each GNNVC member. Click on the volunteer center names on the left side to view their respective profiles.

National Volunteer Network Trust (NAVNET), Kenya

Agency for Volunteer Service, Hong Kong, P.R. China

Volunteering Korea

Korea Volunteer Center (KVC)

Volunteering New Zealand (VNZ)

Volunteer Now, Northern Ireland

National Council for Voluntary Organisations (NCVO), England

Ruach Tova, Israel

Association for Democratic Prosperity - Zid, Montenegro

Russian Volunteering Development Centre

Centro de Voluntariado Guatemalteco (CVG)

Centro Nacional del Voluntariado (CENAVOL), Peru

Volunteer Canada

Points of Light, USA

Volunteer Ireland

National Volunteer & Philanthropy Centre (NVPC), Singapore

Voluntarios de Panamá

Volunteering Australia

Federal Association of Volunteer Agencies (bagfa), Germany

Association of Volunteers Social Service Macao

Wales Council for Voluntary Action (WCVA)

National Volunteer Network Trust (NAVNET)

Kenya

NAVNET

Organizational Role & Activities:

The National Volunteer Network Trust (NAVNET) founded in 2003 is a non-profit national volunteer organization formed by VSO Jitolee returned volunteers who had completed their placements in various developing countries and recognized the value of their own experience as volunteers outside their country. NAVNET is the only National Volunteer Centre in Kenya and recruits Kenyans to offer voluntary service in Kenya.

NAVNET’s core mandate is to advance volunteerism in the East Africa region through advocacy, developing volunteer programs, running volunteer development and management training for organizations that use volunteers, recruitment and placement of Kenyan volunteers and acting as a one-stop centre for all information on volunteerism in the region. NAVNET partners with other volunteer organizations to promote development of a volunteer culture in Kenya.

Key Information about Volunteering in Kenya:

Volunteerism is part and parcel of Kenyan culture, mainly informally through communities assisting each other in a concept known as ‘Harambee’. However this is steadily changing and we are seeing more formal volunteering programs. Although there are a number of international volunteer organizations, National Volunteer Network Trust (NAVNET) is the only local organization that runs a volunteer centre to enable Kenyans to participate in national development through volunteerism.

Website: navnet.or.ke

Contact details:
[email protected]
[email protected]

Agency for Volunteer Service

Hong Kong, P.R. China

avs

Organizational Role & Activities:

Agency for Volunteer Service (AVS) is dedicated to playing a proactive and pivotal role in the promotion and development of sustainable volunteerism for the building of a civil society and caring community. It motivates, mobilizes and facilitates individuals, groups and organizations to provide value added and quality volunteer service through partnership with all sectors of the community and other effective means.

AVS provides referral, training and technical assistance services on volunteer management; responds to community needs through the organization of service initiatives; facilitates exchange and promotes good practice in volunteering. It advocates volunteering as part of life of Hong Kong people to spread the spirit of volunteerism.

Key Information about Volunteering in Hong Kong:

Two citywide surveys on volunteering in 2001 and 2009 found that the rate of formal volunteering in Hong Kong has increased significantly. People who have participated in formal volunteering accounted for 36% in 2009 compared to 22% in 2001. The trend is particularly encouraging among corporate employees, students and seniors. With the adoption of a new senior secondary curriculum in 2009 that stressed on other learning experience, volunteering among students is increasing markedly. Baby-boomer retirement also contributes to the expansion of volunteer resources. Together with promoting of corporate social responsibility and the widespread of ICT and social media, volunteering is expected to reach a new height in the coming years.

Website:
avs.org.hk

Contact details:
[email protected]

Volunteering Korea

South Korea

VolunteeringKorea

Organizational Role & Activities:

Volunteering Korea was established in April 1994 as an umbrella organization for Korean voluntary bodies. It had become a statutory organization to promote volunteerism in Korea by legislation of Framework Act on Volunteer Service Activities. Volunteering Korea is a membership-based organization with 137 member organizations and 250 partnership organizations.

The membership covers all voluntary sectors; volunteering institute, grass-root organization, social welfare organization, corporate and public volunteering groups. Volunteering Korea believes that volunteerism is a leading motivation and a core value for making a better and sustainable world.

Key Information about Volunteering in South Korea:

Survey in 2014 indicates that 22.5% of the Korean population over the age of 20 years are participating volunteer activities. In 2012 Korean government launched the second Five-Year National Plan (covering 2013 – 2017) for promotion of volunteering. The government’s vision for volunteering is to make a sustainable society through nation’s participation and sharing. The aim of this plan is to spread the volunteering culture and to enforce the capacity of civil society. Five areas of policy strategies and 35 agendas have been planned and are under implementation such as; participation and engagement of volunteering culture, supporting infrastructure, management and development, research & evaluation, and global cooperation.

Website:
vkorea.or.kr

Contact details:
[email protected]

Korea Volunteer Center (KVC)

South Korea

KVC

Organizational Role & Activities:

Korea Volunteer Center (KVC) was established in June 2010 as a hub for activities of local volunteer centers across the country by complementing expertise and facilitating operation. 246 volunteer centers are established according to the Framework Act on Volunteering Service Activities and the Enforcement Decree Article 19. KVC is strengthening the foundation of volunteer service system, spreading friendly volunteer culture for social change and conducting research to develop national policies of volunteering. Korea Volunteer Center has continued to do its best to make ‘Lively Korea’ with every citizen being a volunteer.

Key Information about Volunteering in South Korea:

Survey in 2014 indicates that 22.5% of the Korean population over the age of 20 years are participating volunteer activities. In 2012 Korean government launched the second Five-Year National Plan (covering 2013 – 2017) for promotion of volunteering. The government’s vision for volunteering is to make a sustainable society through nation’s participation and sharing. The aim of this plan is to spread the volunteering culture and to enforce the capacity of civil society. Five areas of policy strategies and 35 agendas have been planned and are under implementation such as; participation and engagement of volunteering culture, supporting infrastructure, management and development, research & evaluation, and global cooperation.

Website:
vc1365.tistory.com

Contact details:
[email protected] | Facebook

Volunteering New Zealand (VNZ)

New Zealand

VNZ

Organizational Role & Activities:

Volunteering New Zealand (VNZ) is an association of New Zealand organizations that have a commitment to volunteering, such as volunteer centers, national and other organizations.

Our vision is for a New Zealand that promotes, values and supports effective volunteering for the benefit of individuals and communities. Our mission is to promote, support and advocate for volunteering.

Our two key objectives are:

1. Engaged people who strengthen communities

a. Defined competencies for Managers of Volunteers
b. Capability and pathway development for Managers of Volunteers and organizations
c. Promoting and championing best practice in: Volunteer-involving organizations, Employer-supported volunteering within corporates, SMEs and government, Emergency and spontaneous volunteering, Online and virtual volunteering.
d. Promote awareness of the value of volunteering through: Awards and recognition activities, Celebratory events (IV Day, IMV Day & National Volunteer Week), PR and media.

2. Leadership through collaborative relationships positively impacting society

a. Partnering with others to identify gaps and develop NZ focused research and dissemination of learnings
b. Develop a framework for valuing volunteering in organizations
c. Influencing policy through advocacy (proactive and reactive)
d. Development of data management systems for the wider volunteer sector.

VNZ was established in August 2001 during the International Year of the Volunteer. Volunteer Centers and a number of national organizations had lobbied for the establishment of a national body for the volunteering movement in New Zealand.

Current member organizations cover emergency services, health, welfare, education, culture, faith based services, community support, ethnic groups, sport and recreation, conservation, special interests, advocacy and international volunteering.

Key Information about Volunteering in New Zealand:

On average, people in New Zealand spend 13 minutes per day in volunteering activities, the highest in the OECD where the average is 4 minutes per day. In the last year, 30.6% of New Zealanders undertook some formal volunteer work (i.e. for a group or an organization). In 2002 the New Zealand Government endorsed a Policy Statement recognizing that volunteers make a vital contribution to New Zealand’s social development, economy and the environment.

The vision for this policy was to develop and maintain a society with a high level of volunteering, where the many contributions people make to the common good through volunteering and fulfillment of cultural obligations are actively supported and valued.

Website:
volunteeringnz.org.nz

Contact details:
[email protected]

Volunteer Now

Northern Ireland

Volunteernow

Organizational Role & Activities:

Volunteer Now provides the national infrastructure for volunteering across Northern Ireland, working to promote, enhance and support volunteering. We provide access to opportunities and encourage people to volunteer. We provide training and information, guidance and support to volunteer-involving organizations on issues of good practice and policy regarding volunteering, volunteer management, child protection, safeguarding vulnerable adults and organizational governance. We run campaigns to promote volunteering and recognize volunteers and deliver programs targeted at particular groups such as young volunteers.

Volunteer Now works across all sectors, not for profit, corporate and government. We are an independent charitable organization but do receive funding support from government and are recognized as the leadership organization for volunteering.

Key Information about Volunteering in Northern Ireland, UK:

Research indicates that some 30% of the Northern Ireland population over the age of 16 years are volunteers. In 2012 Government in Northern Ireland launched our first ever Volunteering Strategy. The Strategy recognizes that volunteering makes Northern Ireland a better place for people to live in and that it helps people to connect with each other, their communities and the causes they care about. The Government’s vision for volunteering is a society where ‘everyone values the vital contribution that volunteers make to community well being. Everyone has the opportunity to have a meaningful, enjoyable volunteering experience.’

Website:
volunteernow.co.uk

Contact details:
[email protected]

National Council for Voluntary Organisations (NCVO)

England

NCVO

The National Council for Voluntary Organizations (NCVO) merged with Volunteering England in January 2013 to create a single national infrastructure for volunteering and voluntary organizations. It has over 10,500 member organizations, ranging from national charities to small community organizations. Among its members are 250 local volunteer centers, which support local volunteering organizations and broker volunteering opportunities, and which NCVO accredits.

Organizational Role and Activities:

NCVO provides guidance and support to volunteer-involving organizations on good practice and regulatory issues affecting volunteering. It seeks to ensure that the policy, legal and funding environment is conducive for volunteering through working with Government and other national agencies and by campaigning on key issues. Among changes it seeks in the next five-year strategy are: “More people are inspired to volunteer and given the opportunity to contribute to the causes they believe in”; and, “Organizations are more aware of the value of volunteering and inspired to create meaningful and well managed opportunities for people to get involved.”

Key Information about Volunteering in England:

England has had a strong tradition of volunteering, and currently 44% of the population (over age of 16) volunteer at least annually, and 29% at least monthly. Since the mid-nineteenth century volunteering organizations have played an essential role in establishing and supporting welfare provision, cultural, sporting and leisure activities, and community development. Since the early 1990s Governments have invested strongly in aspects of volunteering. Current economic conditions are putting pressure on the capacities of many volunteering organizations.

Website:
ncvo.org.uk

Contact details:
[email protected]

Ruach Tova

Israel

ruach

Organizational Role and Activities:

Ruach Tova (“good spirit” in Hebrew) is the one-stop-shop for any individual, group or organization wishing to volunteer, and for those in the Israeli community who seek volunteers. Established in 2002 to act as the connector between people who want to volunteer and those in need of assistance, a critical missing link in Israeli civil society, today Ruach Tova is the leading non-profit in the field of volunteering. Ruach Tova developed 3 innovative systems to encourage volunteering and giving in Israel and connect between the various needs and populations: (1) the internal Volunteer Management System contains a nationwide database of 3,500+ organizations and over 8,500 volunteering projects and allows us to match potential volunteers according to their preferences. (2) The Call Center connects people interested in volunteering with places in need of volunteers, providing them with personal guidance, placement and follow-up. (3) The Volunteer Search Engine allows anyone to easily search for the volunteer opportunity that best suits them and to sign up for activity. The Search Engine is located on the Ruach Tova website and in the volunteer section of Ynet, the leading Israeli newspaper.

Key Information about Volunteering in Israel:

Data from Israel’s Central Bureau of Statistics and a recent international survey by Johns Hopkins University’s Center for Civil Society Studies show that while Israel’s non-profit sector is larger than other countries (Australia, United States, France, Norway, the Czech Republic and more) the percentage of volunteers working in the sector is lower in comparison. According to the data and study, 19% of people age 20 or older reported volunteering at least once during the previous 3 months. 23% of the 45-49 age group reported volunteering, compared with 17% of all other age groups.

Of those volunteering, the time spent is significant: 75% of volunteers reported volunteering on a weekly basis. Of these, 80% reported volunteering for 5 or more hours per week and a significant group volunteer for over 20 hours. Rates of volunteering are somewhat lower among immigrants from the former Soviet Union and even more so among Arab-Israelis.

Israel offers a number of large-scale unique volunteering opportunities for youth and young adults. Examples include: A Ministry of Education project requires all 10th grade students to volunteer at least 60 hours to be eligible to receive a high school diploma, high school graduates can serve a Volunteer Year in the Community before entering the army, and National Service provides a full-time volunteer experience for those exempt from military service.

Website:
ruachtova.org.il/en

Contact details:
[email protected]

Association for Democratic Prosperity – Zid

Montenegro

adp

Organizational Role and Activities:

Association for Democratic Prosperity – Zid (ADP – Zid) is a civil society organization established in 1996 based in Podgorica, Montenegro.

ADP-Zid is focuses on the programs oriented toward the development and social responsibilities of all stakeholders in the community. Currently, ADP – Zid is working on different projects and activities within the following programs:
• Development of volunteer service in Montenegro;
• Community Development;
• Social responsibility of enterprises;
• Youth and active citizenship;
• International cooperation and EU integration;
• Legislation and civil society development.

ADP-Zid has been working on the development of volunteerism and voluntary policies since 2000. We were the initiator of the National Strategy for the Development of Volunteering in Montenegro, which was adopted by the Government in October 2009. Later, together with the Ministry of Labour and Social Welfare, we drafted the Law on Volunteering which was adopted in April 2010. Starting with 2010, we organize and deliver training sessions on volunteer management for teachers, professors and educators generally from all Montenegrin municipalities, twice a year.

In 2007 ADP-Zid established the Annual Award for Volunteerism at the national level. ADP-Zid is nationally recognized as an organization that is seriously engaged in the development of volunteering. We have a large base of volunteers – over 500 – who are in every moment ready to join in various activities.

Website:
zid.org.me

Contact details:
[email protected]
[email protected]

Russian Volunteering Development Centre

Russia

russian

Organizational Role and Activities:

Russian Volunteering Development Centre (legal name of the Moscow Charity House) began operating in 1990 and has since devoted itself entirely to the development of volunteerism in Russia.
The main goal of the Russian Volunteering Development Center is the development, support and promotion of volunteerism in Russia.
The main activities include:
• the establishment and operation of local and regional volunteer centers and strengthening their cooperation through networking;
• conducting annual national conferences on volunteerism;
• conduct regional educational seminars / trainings for professionals from volunteer centers engaged in volunteering and young volunteer leaders in more than 50 regions of Russia;
• the development and dissemination of collections of guidelines and materials.
In 2014, we were the first in Russia to develop quality standards for activities of volunteer centers.

Key Information about Volunteering in Russia:

Studies show that the population in Russia is involved in volunteer activities, both formally, through the work of NGOs (3 – 4%) and informally (considerably even more). However there is no data about the number of informal volunteers in Russia.
In the last three decades in Russia we can mention a few phases for the development of volunteering. The first impulse is during the 90s, as a result of democratic reforms. Russian NGOs began to develop and accumulate knowledge and professional experience in the development and promotion of volunteerism. The second wave of development in volunteering took place in the period 2006 – 2010, when volunteering was brought to the attention of the state and society. As a result, Russia began to create a more favorable legal and economic environment in the area of volunteering. Finally, nowadays, Russia is experiencing a new wave in the development of volunteering.

Website:
добровольчество.рф

Contact details:
[email protected]

Centro de Voluntariado Guatemalteco (CVG)

Guatemala

CVG

Organizational Role and Activities:

Centro de Voluntariado Guatemalteco (CVG) is an organization established to promote, strengthen and celebrate volunteerism in Guatemala. It gathers several institutions committed to volunteer as a service to the communities and the development of the country, within those organizations are included non-profits, governmental agencies and universities with volunteer programs.

CVG focuses its activity on the strengthening of its members through conferences, courses, workshops and others, in promoting volunteerism and celebrating volunteerism through activities such as the celebration of Global Youth Service Day, International Volunteers Day and also in the organization of Volunteering Fairs, among others.

Key Information about Volunteering in Guatemala:

Recent studies indicate that 75% of the volunteers in Guatemala are people from 18 – 30 years. In relation to gender odds are quite fair, 52% of the volunteers are women and 48% men. In the last years the number of volunteers in the country has increased by approximately 30%. Volunteering in Guatemala is increasing; currently there are more NGOs and companies with corporate volunteer programs committed to this action and working together for the development of the communities.

Website:
guatevoluntaria.org

Contact details:
[email protected]

Centro Nacional del Voluntariado (CENAVOL)

cenavol

Organizational Role and Activities:

CENAVOL is a not-for-profit civil association composed of volunteers associations with a clear vision of our rights and civic responsibility that seeks recognition, integration, training and strengthening of Peruvian volunteer associations by working within a network in order to increase the impact of our intervention and to contribute toward national development, acting in an ethical, responsible, united manner, thereby contributing to the incorporation of altruistic values and respect for the dignity of human beings in our society.

Key Information about Volunteering in Peru:

The Peru has a general law on volunteering, since 2004. In recent years, from the community, school, universities and companies, a greater impetus is taking to volunteering. Universidad del Pacífico, through its Research Center (CIUP), has conducted a number of studies on volunteering in Peru. According to a study corresponding to the first half of the year 2001, 34% of the population over the age of 18 had done volunteer work during the preceding year, and 43% of these volunteers were members of volunteer organizations, as opposed to sporadic collaborators, and had dedicated a mean of 195 hours per year.

According to the methodology of Portocarrero and Millán, the authors of this research study, the minimum value of the volunteer work performed in the country’s major cities is US $323.5 million, which is equal to 0.6% of GDP for the year 2000. These figures are an affirmation of the value of the contribution of volunteer efforts to the development of our communities.

Website:
cenavol.org.pe

Contact details:
[email protected]
[email protected]

Volunteer Canada

Canada

CVG

Organizational Role and Activities:

Volunteer Canada is the national voice for volunteerism in Canada. Since 1977, Volunteer Canada has been committed to increasing and supporting volunteerism and civic participation. Volunteer Canada collaborates closely with volunteer centers, local organizations and national corporations to promote and broaden volunteering. Volunteer Canada’s programs, research, training, tools, resources and national initiatives provide leadership on issues and trends in Canada’s volunteer landscape.

Website:
volunteer.ca

Contact details:
[email protected]

Points of Light

USA

Pol

Organizational Role & Activities:

Points of Light puts people at the center of change with a mission to inspire, equip and mobilize people to take action that changes the world. Points of Light has more than 20 years of history in mobilizing and supporting volunteers across the United States and a bipartisan presidential legacy. We engage volunteers to make meaningful difference in their communities through support services that allow them to use their time, talents, financial resources and collective voice as citizens.
In 2011, 4.3 million volunteers and 77,052 partners in 25 countries around the globe were mobilized through Points of Light. We convene a membership of the United States’ largest network of volunteer centers in more than 200 local communities through HandsOn Network.
We partner with the United States’ Corporation for National and Community Service as an implementing partner supporting government programs and priorities, including the AmeriCorps/Vista program.
We host the largest gathering of volunteering and service leaders in the United States and from around the world – more than 4,500 annually – at our Conference on Volunteering and Service.
We manage the Presidential Volunteer Service Award for the White House and convene events recognizing the importance of volunteering and service in partnership with the White House. We lead national service days/weeks on Dr. Martin Luther King’s birthday, during national volunteer week, Family Service Day, and in commemoration of September 11, 2001 among others.

Key Information about Volunteering in the U.S.:

The United States has a long history of volunteering. Enshrined in the United States Constitution, the right to form voluntary associations has been a treasured aspect of American life since the nation’s birth.
In 2014, the volunteer rate was 25.4 percent, or 62.6 million people, compared with 29 percent of the population in 2003, according to the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics. (Official statistics on volunteer rates go back only to 2002.) The BLS counts volunteering as any unpaid volunteer work done in the past 12 months, from driving a neighbor to the hospital to serving meals to the homeless or tutoring inner-city kids. The most common volunteering activity in the nation is fund-raising, followed by food distribution and then general labor.

Website:
pointsoflight.org

Contact details:
[email protected]

Volunteering Ireland

Ireland

VolIreland

Organizational Role & Activities:

Volunteer Ireland is the national volunteer development agency and a support body for all local Volunteer Centres and Volunteer Information Services in Ireland.

Volunteer Ireland works to promote and celebrate volunteering in Ireland through campaigns such as National Volunteering Week and the Volunteer Ireland Awards. We support national volunteer involving organizations by offering bespoke training, consultancy and an extensive range of online guides and resources on engaging volunteers. Volunteer Ireland also provides support to for-profit companies interested in volunteering and offers volunteer management services for large-scale events and festivals.

Volunteer Ireland develops and supports best practice in volunteering and Volunteer Centers, including the evaluation of Volunteer Centers according to a quality standard framework. Volunteer Ireland works collaboratively with the network of local Volunteer Centers in managing I-VOL (the national database of Irish volunteering opportunities and listings) and striving to achieve our shared objective of an Ireland where everyone who wants to, can volunteer.

Key Information about Volunteering in Ireland:

In 2013 over 14,953 volunteers registered through I-VOL and local Volunteer Centers. These volunteers have contributed 508,735 hours of their time at a value to the economy of €11 million.
The most popular areas of interests for volunteers that registered with I-VOL local Volunteer Centers in 2013 were ‘Community Development’, ‘Children’ and ‘Arts, Culture and Media’.
Of those who signed up to volunteer in 2013, two thirds were female. 62% of newly registered volunteers had never volunteered before.
Volunteers who sign up with I-VOL and local Volunteer Centers are predominately young, over 40% of volunteers were aged between 16-25. Over two thirds of volunteers were aged under 35.

Website:
volunteer.ie

Contact details:
[email protected]

National Volunteer & Philanthropy Centre (NVPC)

Singapore

Pol

Organizational Role & Activities:

The National Volunteer & Philanthropy Centre (NVPC) leads and catalyses transformations in volunteerism and philanthropy to build compassionate and engaged communities in Singapore.

Our values are:

  • Collaboration
    We work in partnership, share knowledge and resources to achieve multiplier effect to attain common goals.
  • Innovativeness
    We drive change and pursue opportunities to deliver creative solutions.
  • Impact
    Our work is strategic, provokes mindset shifts, to produce results that are significant, meaningful and lasting.
  • Passion
    We go the extra mile to make a positive difference and energize others through the work that we do.

Established in 1999, the National Volunteer & Philanthropy Centre (NVPC) is the national body that promotes and develops volunteerism and philanthropy across all sectors, functioning as a first-stop centre, catalyst and networking agency to foster the giving spirit in Singapore, whether of time, money or in kind.

NVPC leads initiatives to fill the gaps in the community, specifically in volunteerism, philanthropy and capacity building. We also create opportunities for key partners like non-profit organizations, companies and public sector bodies, to collaborate and bring about impactful changes.

Our focus is on strengthening Community Giving efforts through our promotional and networking platforms, public education programs, training in volunteer management (including employee volunteering) and fund-raising, as well as grants, research and publications.
Key Information about Volunteering in Singapore:

The National Volunteer & Philanthropy Center’s Individual Giving Survey 2012 (IGS 2012) estimated that the volunteer participation rate in Singapore for that year alone was at a record high of 32.3%, with almost 91 million volunteer hours contributed.
Often deeply committed to causes, they are also very often the non-profits’ most convincing advocates and passionate donors. Findings from IGS 2012 showed that donor incidence was the highest among current volunteers in Singapore, with 95% stating that they were donors compared to only 86% among non-volunteers.

Website:
nvpc.org.sg

Contact details:
[email protected]
[email protected]
[email protected]

Voluntarios de Panamá

Panama

panama

Organizational Role & Activities:

Our mission is to motivate, mobilize and train Panamanians to be agents of change through volunteering. We do this through 3 work areas:
1. Training: Strengthening the capacity of nonprofit organizations in volunteer management.
2. Generating volunteer connections: Through our virtual portal, www.ponteenalgo.com, we systematize and broadcast the volunteer offer of more than 140 NGOs in the country, facilitating connections between people who want to volunteer with causes and organizations that need them.
3. Public Policies: We promote studies and laws about volunteering in the country, in order to boost the sector. In 2012 we did the National Survey of Volunteering and were part of the development process for the National Law on Volunteering.

Key Information about Volunteering in Panama:
20% of population in urban sectors are volunteers.
60% female / 40% male.
75% of adult volunteers practiced volunteering when young
57% of volunteers began volunteering in the last 5 years

Website:
ponteenalgo.com

Contact details:
[email protected]

Volunteering Australia

Australia

australia

Organizational Role & Activities:

Volunteering Australia is the national peak body working to advance volunteering in the Australian community. Its role is to represent the diverse views and needs of the volunteering sector while promoting the activity of volunteering as one of enduring social, cultural and economic value.

Volunteering Australia fulfils its peak body role by:

  • Providing public policy advice to Government on matters relating to volunteering
  • Providing a national focus for the promotion of volunteering and its principles
  • Establishing co-operative relationships with key national and international volunteering organizations
  • Encouraging the pursuit of excellence in volunteer management
  • Consulting with stakeholders to ensure proper representation of the volunteering sector
  • Mobilizing and supporting volunteer effort by providing a national service for recruitment and deployment of volunteers including assisting with the registration of spontaneous volunteers in national emergency response
    and recovery situations.
  • Key Information about Volunteering in Australia:

    Australia has a long history when it comes to volunteering. A community that gives freely of its time and financial resources is one with strong cohesion and social capital. Some key facts about volunteering in Australia are below.
    In 2010, 6.1 million people (36%) of the Australian population aged 18 years and over participated in voluntary work, with women (38%) more likely to volunteer than men (34%). Volunteer rates across the states and territories were relatively similar to the national average, but volunteering was more common among those living outside of a capital city. In 2010, the volunteer rate was 41% outside capital cities compared with 34% for capital cities. There was no significant difference in rates between the capital cities, except for Darwin (43%), where the rate was higher than the overall capital city rate.

    Website:
    volunteeringaustralia.org

    Contact details:
    [email protected]

    Federal Association of Volunteer Agencies (bagfa – Bundesarbeitsgemeinschaft der Freiwilligenagenturen e.V.)

    Germany

    bagfa

    Organizational Role & Activities:

    The Federal Association of Volunteer Agencies (bagfa) is a registered society and acts as both an umbrella organization and a professional association, promoting and empowering Volunteer Agencies on the ground.
    Established in 1999, Bagfa now has more than 150 members. Being religiously, politically and ideologically independent and impartial, our society holds a recognized charitable status.
    Our aim is to generate greater awareness for and appreciation of the achievements of Volunteer Agencies, as well as to improve their operating conditions. We represent the interests of Volunteer Agencies on the Federal level versus government and administration and take a stance on current developments around volunteering and citizens’ involvement. We advise Volunteer Agencies in professional matters, produce information and work material, organize trainings and support quality development in volunteering with our own quality management system. Agencies which fulfil the requirements of quality are granted with the Seal of Quality by the bagfa.
    To help the members in professionalizing their daily work, bagfa provides a wide range of theme days and working groups. We promote exchange, cooperation and project transfer between Volunteer Agencies. To achieve this we are organizing a big annual meeting of all members and award prizes for innovative projects.
    Together, we develop new areas of activity and new projects. Our professional expertise not only benefits Volunteer Agencies, but everybody who takes an interest in their work: citizens, organizations and associations, companies and government, administration and media.

    Key Information about Volunteering in Germany:

    A national survey in 2009 indicates that 36 % of the German population over the age of 14 years is participating in volunteer activities. An amount of about 500 local volunteer centers all over Germany tries to increase this number by launching new volunteer projects and cooperating with many different institutions.

    Website:
    bagfa.de

    Contact details:
    [email protected]

    Association of Volunteers Social Service Macao

    Macao

    macao

    Organizational Role & Activities:

    The Association of Volunteers Social Service Macao was founded in 1986 and we just celebrated the 25th year anniversary. Early 1986, when the Social Work Department has opened just six months, they have conducted a volunteer leadership training program to train 24 volunteers from 14 different service agencies in Macao, to encourage them in promoting the development of voluntary work force.

    Through this opportunity, those volunteers not only learned a lot of useful knowledge and skills but to discuss and exchange their voluntary services experience in Macao. From various workshops and discussions, they found that bridging role to enhance the communication of the various service agencies and solidarity organizations volunteers is vital thus to deepen the understanding of community volunteer work and promoting the development of voluntary work. After months of deliberation, The Macao Association of Volunteer Service” was established on July 18, 1986, later changed to The Macao Association of Volunteers” referred to as ”Righteous Association” and in August 14, 1987, The Association is officially registered. As of now, The Association has 7 paid staff and 14 volunteer staff in running daily tasks while when events take place, we will look for volunteers.

    Over the last two decades, the work from the previous Director-General, members of the joint efforts and volunteers has been recognized in the support of the Government and the community. In the coming years, the Association will keep their effort to enhance the level of the Macao volunteer service and to encourage more people join the volunteer service thus to make more improvements in social contribution.

    ➢ AIMS:

  • For the unity of the Macao’s voluntary social worker
  • For strengthening the social recognition towards the voluntary social work
  • For provoking the development of volunteer services in Macao
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    ➢ Activities

  • Volunteer service registration certificate programs
  • Self- positioning training camp
  • Interpersonal communication skills
  • Prevention of dengue fever youth volunteer program
  • Community management skills program
  • Summer Volunteer program
  • Member cultural and recreational activities
  • Visits
  • The Mainland Exchanges
  • Promote Neighborhood Volunteer scheme
  • International Volunteer Day celebrations and series of activities
  • Exchange business in conjunction with Zhong Shan, Taiwan and Hong Kong
  • Workshop to Enterprise
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    Key Information about Volunteering in your Country:

    Macao Government strongly supports NGO to promotion youth to be a volunteer. Lots of volunteer program is sponsored by the government.

    Half of the secondary school requires their student to join volunteer activity for 10-20 hours in a semester. That’s make lots of student volunteers.

    Website:
    avsm.org.mo

    Contact details:
    [email protected]

    Wales Council for Voluntary Action (WCVA)

    Wales, United Kingdom

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    Organizational Role & Activities:

    Wales Council for Voluntary Action (WCVA) is a registered charity that works to support, develop and represent Wales’ third sector. We have over 3,350 organisations in direct membership, and are in touch with many more through a wide range of national and local networks. WCVA’s mission is to provide excellent support, leadership and an influential voice for the third sector and volunteering in Wales.

    WCVA is committed to a strong and active third sector building resilient, cohesive and inclusive communities, giving people a stake in their future through their own actions and services, creating a strong, healthy and fair society and demonstrating the value of volunteering and community engagement.

    We run two important volunteering grant schemes, funded by Welsh Government, and a youth volunteering initiative. We convene the Wales Volunteering Policy Network and the national forum for local Volunteer Centres and we manage the Investing in Volunteers quality award in Wales. We also manage the Welsh/English bilingual www.volunteering-wales.net volunteering opportunities portal for Wales.
     
    Key Information about Volunteering in your Country:

  • There are about 931,000 people who volunteer or ‘help out’ at activities in third sector organisations in a year. This is about 30% of the population of 3.1 million and takes no account of informal volunteering and of those volunteering in the public sector, such as in libraries, schools and hospitals.
  • There are 277,300 volunteer governance positions in third sector organisations.
  • There is a local Volunteer Centre in every county in Wales.
  • Website:
    wcva.org.uk

    Contact details:
    [email protected]