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In total, almost 19 thousand residents of the capital took part in the project.

The results of the Moscow Volunteers crowdsourcing project were summed up in Moscow. It took place on an electronic platform “City of Ideas” June 23-29. Platform users offered their ideas to popularize volunteer activities in the capital. In total, 56 citizens’ initiatives are being implemented in the city.

Almost 19 thousand people took part in the project. The residents of the capital actively showed themselves in the discussions and made more than two thousand proposals. The most popular area for submitting ideas was the topic “Incentives for Volunteers”, where participants left more than 400 comments. More than 300 ideas were collected in the direction “Popularization of volunteering”, “Silver Volunteering” (this movement of volunteers over 55 years old) received over 200 ideas.

Quote “Volunteering is a noble cause, an invaluable contribution to the development of society and the urban environment. Thanks to the crowdsourcing project, we learned which areas of volunteering are most important for Muscovites and how the city authorities can help them implement ideas. The best proposals selected by the expert commission will begin to be implemented this year, ”said Ekaterina Dragunova, Chair of the Committee for Public Relations and Youth Policy.

For example, at the request of residents in Moscow, an electronic board of honor for volunteers will be created. On the digital platform, they will tell about the most active city assistants: who and how they support, where they study or work, what are their hobbies. The honor roll will allow you to encourage volunteers and thank them for their selfless work.

Everyone will be able to apply for participation in volunteer projects in other regions of the country. These are forums, festivals, sports competitions and other events. Also, among Muscovites, teams will be recruited that will travel across Russia to exchange experience with other volunteers. In addition, the participants of the crowdsourcing project proposed to open regional “good centers” in the capital. Here Muscovites will be able to get acquainted with volunteer projects, find like-minded people and join the volunteer movement. Another proposal of the townspeople is the organization of photo exhibitions in parks dedicated to good deeds. And the “silver” volunteers will have the opportunity to visit shelters and feed homeless animals, and conduct excursions around the city.

After the launch of the Moscow Volunteers project, users began to accrue points for registering on the City of Ideas platform, joining each new project, as well as for photos that were moderated and published in the section “Citizens’ Ideas Implemented by the City”. The points received by the user for participating in the “City of Ideas” are summed up with the points earned in the “Active Citizen” project. More information about the rules of accrual can be found at website.

Urban crowdsourcing projects have been carried out since 2014. During this time, 33 projects have passed, more than 260 thousand Muscovites have proposed over 110 thousand ideas. More than four thousand of them were selected by experts for further study, and over two and a half thousand ideas have already been implemented. Thus, thanks to crowdsourcing projects, new public transport routes have appeared in Moscow, a Moscow standard for children’s recreation has been developed, public service centers, children’s and adult clinics, libraries and parks have been transformed.

What volunteers do and how to join a volunteer squad

Since 2014, the largest center for supporting the volunteer movement in Russia has been operating in the capital – the Moscow city resource center “Mosvolonter”. Its activity began with a sports direction, and today the organization develops more than 10 different types of volunteer assistance. Today, 125 thousand volunteers are registered on the center’s website. They take an active part in volunteer projects and competitions, help to hold significant city events, charitable and patriotic actions, and support residents of the capital. The role of volunteers has increased especially during the spread of coronavirus infection: they help in hospitals, and also deliver food, medicine, animal feed and other necessary things to those who need it.

Over 1,400 city institutions have become Mosvolonter’s partners over its seven-year history. Among them are non-profit organizations, representatives of the business community, higher and secondary specialized educational institutions, schools, and executive authorities of Moscow. They provide venues for events, help find speakers and experts, and hold training meetings for volunteers.

Everyone is invited to become a city assistant: teenagers 14-18 need permission from their parents, and children under 14 can volunteer with official representatives or as part of the school’s volunteer association. Each volunteer is given a personal volunteer book at the resource center. It records achievements in Moscow’s public life.

You can join the volunteer community of the capital by registering on the website. All up-to-date information about ongoing events and promotions is available on the pages of Mosvolonter in social networks. “Instagram”, “In contact with” and Facebook.

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