16 nongovernmental organizations from across the country come to Cluj to learn the secrets of successful work with volunteers. The successful prescription it will be shared by Cluj-Napoca Volunteer Center, which is the main trainer and by Pro Vobis and IOGT Tippetue Norway, partner trainers.
The participants places to attend the training course in the field of volunteer coordination, within the “Volunteer Management from A to Z” project, were “sold out” quickly. 69 organizations applied for the selection process and 16 were selected. The selected organizations are from Sibiu, Iasi, Constanta, Cluj-Napoca, Satu Mare, Bistrita, Targu Mures, Bucuresti, Sf.Gheorghe, Deva, Craiova, Brasov and Piatra Neamt.
“The general perception about volunteers and volunteer movement in our country is that Romanians are not enough interested in volunteering and their not willing to offer their time to support the community. Even so, the expertise show us, the ones who are active in this sector, that each year more and more people dedicate their time to volunteer activities. In this context, the needs of the organizations that involve volunteers, are also growing. In other words, we need not only to develop the infrastructure in the field but we also have to invest in the organizations that work with volunteers. In this manner the organizations will be able to offer high quality volunteer activities with a good impact at the level of volunteer work in the community and also at the level of maintaining/increasing the volunteer’s motivation for involvement. Through this project, we desire to prepare the organizations for the recruitment, selection, training, supervision, motivation and evaluation of the volunteers. The implementation of these steps in a professional manner, with specific instruments, have a contribution to a successful volunteer involvement and therefor to an efficient work in the community.” explained the executive director of Cluj-Napoca Volunteer Center (CNVC), Nicoleta Chis-Racolta.
Besides the 4 days training course, the 16 selected organizations will benefit of six months of consultance, with the aim of developing new strategies regarding their own volunteer programs, job shadowing internships in the field of volunteer coordination and general support in organizing different community actions that will be part of “No Hate Speech” campaign initiated by the European Council.
The level of performance of the involved organizations will be measured by the number of volunteers involved, the quality of their coordination and especially through the results of the volunteer work in the community.
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The “Volunteer management from A to Z” project is taking place from april 2014 until march 2015 and it is financed through SEE Grants 2009-2014 , by NGO Fund in Romania (www.fondong.fdsc.ro) with a total amount of 34 942 euro. Cluj-Napoca Volunteer Center’s partners within the project are Pro Vobis – Centrul National de Resurse pentru Voluntariat and IOGT Tippetue Norway.