Volunteerism comes from one’s heart and spreads around without any boundaries or restrictions. The first thing that needs to be done is for someone to see the reflection of himself to his fellow being. A volunteer puts himself in another man’s position and he is gaining by offering. That is by offering financial assistance, a little help, any kind of support, by saying something sweat, by offering a little time and love.
We can all give a little something effortlessly. We can all become volunteers, because we are all capable of loving and so we can all boost volunteering.
What is volunteering?
A volunteer is a person who offers time, energy, knowledge and skills to an individual, a team or an organisation without being paid.
Why become a volunteer?
• I want to offer to the society.
• I want to be with people who share the same values.
• I want to feel useful and necessary and, why not, to have fun.
• I want to use my knowledge, my skills and my experiences.
• I want to gain new skills and experiences that will be useful in my life.
The main volunteering principles of all kinds are:
• Volunteering benefits both society and the volunteer.
• Volunteer work is unpaid.
• Volunteering is always a matter of choice.
• Volunteering promotes human rights and equality.
• Volunteering respects the rights, dignity and culture of all people.
• Volunteering is a legitimate way for citizens to participate in their society’s activities.
• Volunteering is the only way people and teams can express human, environmental and social needs.
• Volunteering is an activity that is achieved only in a nonprofit context.
• Volunteering does not replace paid employees and is no threat to their working safety.
Volunteerism is progress, culture, expression and a way of life.
Who is volunteer?
A volunteer is a person who selflessly offers his spare time or his knowledge to actions bringing benefits to others with nothing in return. This is why volunteering is often compared to charity. However, volunteering mainly ascribes a new virtue, which is to love our fellow beings. It is quite common that the two concepts coincide, but volunteering constitutes a great inspiration especially nowadays, where individualism appears to be everywhere. The difference between a trained volunteer and the old concept of charity is that a volunteer shows no pity to people to whom he offers his volunteering work, but treats them as equals, as people who happen to face some difficulties and tries to help them. The difference is that he treats them equally and does not consider himself superior or better.
The volunteer profile
To be organised and trained.
To be specialised in his field of interest, so that he can act to his most when asked.
To be able, after being properly trained, to take action, if and when asked.
To be willing to get organised and coordinated with other volunteers, services or teams that have developed an inner bond and can easily function together.