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Medicine, ecology, science, education and enlightenment, as well as media are just a small list of areas in which volunteers from the capital provide assistance.

The capital continues to accept applications for the Moscow Volunteer – 2021 competition. Last year, a record number of volunteers – about 7.5 thousand – became its participants. Prize-winning places in seven nominations were taken by 20 individual participants and volunteer teams, and 81 volunteers were awarded in the special “Thank you” nomination.

“The Moscow Volunteer is a kind of launching pad for volunteer initiatives. The project gives everyone the opportunity to tell about their good idea, find like-minded people and get the support of the city. The mentors and practical skills acquired through the educational program of the competition will help to bring the idea to life, ”she said.

Natalia Sergunina, Deputy Mayor of Moscow.

Many of the contestants have already managed to turn their ideas into popular socially significant projects.

Join the “Club of Kind Hearts”

Volunteer project “Club of Kind Hearts”, who took first place at the Moscow Volunteer – 2020 competition in the Good Team. College ”, gained popularity among the youth audience. This is a volunteer squad created on the basis of the Tsaritsyno College of Management, Hotel Business and Information Technologies.

The club works in seven directions. This is event, patronage, sports, donor, environmental, social and pro bono volunteering. Such a wide range of activities enables more students to reveal their potential in the area of ​​interest. College students can join the project.

Together with non-profit partners, the Club of Kind Hearts holds campaigns to collect the necessary help for people and animals, is engaged in patronage visits to places of military glory, and organizes charity master classes. This year, volunteers from the city unit took part in the campaigns “Help Paw”, “Spring Week of Kindness”, “Vaccination Helpers”, “Congratulate the Veteran”, “Kind Heart” and others.

Start to popularize science

Volunteering can be associated not only with helping those in need or protecting the environment, but also with enlightenment, popularization of science. The Moscow Astronomical Club, which took part in the Moscow Volunteer – 2020 competition, conducts free lectures for everyone who is interested in stars, planets and comets, the structure of space and observations of it. At the competition, the club’s team presented the project “Astronomical Lecture Hall” in the nomination “Organizer of Good Deeds”.

Today, the lecture hall offers educational programs for children and adults who want to fill gaps in knowledge, as well as broaden their horizons, attend lectures by scientists and communicate with them after the seminar. Recently, classes have been held in the format of interactive broadcasts. You can find out more about the lectures of the Moscow Astronomical Club on its page on the social network “Instagram”.

Be a parent, teacher, friend

One of the most popular volunteer projects that took part in the Moscow Volunteer 2020 competition was the Parent University. Parents are taught how to be friends and teachers for their children, better understand their needs and provide knowledge and develop useful skills.

The organizers assure that almost every family is faced with the need to solve the same problems related to the relationship between parents and children. Patience, understanding, acceptance of each other’s emotions is what you need to learn and not be ashamed to learn, even if mom and dad consider themselves to be good and successful parents. The curators of the project share their experience with other families, talk about the most successful and progressive pedagogical practices. At the Parent University you can get advice and guidance from specialists in the field of psychology.

Today, more than 40 curators from eight countries of the world help the project on a volunteer basis. At the end of the 2020/2021 academic year, about 600 people were trained at the Parent University.

Each year, a six-month educational course is launched for parents. Groups are divided into male and female, each with its own mentor. The course can be taken online. Full-time groups organize meetings in large cities in compliance with all sanitary rules during a pandemic. Now there is a recruitment of students, the questionnaire must be filled in on website, and the course itself will begin at the end of September. A description of the training formats, as well as all the useful information, is on the project page on Instagram.

How the competition helped volunteers

There is practically no age limit for Volunteer of Moscow. Last year, the youngest volunteer was eight years old and the oldest was 73 years old.

Within the framework of the competition, the participants attended 150 events of various formats. These are meetings of volunteer corps, educational master classes, creative and motivational meetings. Most of them were aimed at training volunteers.

For several months, the contestants participated in organizing and holding events, undergoing training, presented projects of actions, defended the program of activities of their volunteer association, solved volunteer cases and presented their portfolio to the expert commission.

All winners and prize-winners of the Moscow Volunteer – 2020 competition were provided by the organizers and mentors with mentoring support in the development of initiatives. Each project, idea and participant contributed to the development of the volunteer movement in the capital.

Take part in the competition “Moscow Volunteer – 2021”

The Moscow Volunteer competition is being held for the seventh time. Representatives of all areas of volunteer activity can take part in it. Winners and awardees are determined in eight nominations in three areas, such as:

– “Activity” – nominations “I am a volunteer” and “Thank you”;

– “Project” – nominations “Organizer of Good Deeds” and “Good Idea”;

– “Team” – nominations “Good team. School ”,“ A kind team. College ”,“ A kind team. University “and” A kind team. Corporate Association “.

The Moscow Volunteer competition will continue in 2021 until December… To submit an application, you must select a direction and nomination (several are possible) and fill out a simple questionnaire with contact information on website… As in the previous year, the following are allowed to participate:

– volunteers from the age of 14 inclusive (individual participants);

– volunteer associations (teams of three people), including schools, colleges, universities, state, municipal, commercial and non-profit organizations;

– organizers of volunteer activities (socially oriented non-profit and other organizations).

The innovation of 2021 will be the opportunity to take part in the so-called useful program. Contestants will be able to help those in need by providing attention and targeted assistance to the elderly, disabled and lonely pensioners, become donors, visit animal shelters or support eco-projects. It is planned that within the framework of the useful program, numerous campaigns will be launched to collect feed for stray dogs and cats and recyclable materials, assess the availability of infrastructure for people with disabilities, and restore and improve cultural heritage sites.

Among other innovations of this year’s competition are the events for the exchange of experience “Good Meetings”, as well as the opportunity to test their volunteer initiative within the framework of the competition assignment. The winners of the competition of the past years will act as experts. Among them Anastasia Bakhmetyeva, winner in the nomination “Organizer of good deeds”, author of the project “Mediavizh” (competition of school social networks), curator of the senior pupils club of the regional public organization of children and youth “Civilization of the Young”, as well as Alexandra Obernaya, winner in the nomination “I volunteer “, a student of the Moscow State Pedagogical University, has more than 250 hours of volunteering, since 2021 she has been an employee of VDNKh responsible for the development of volunteering.

He will tell you how to become a volunteer and help the city instruction on the portal.

EDITOR’S NOTE: This article is a translation. Apologies should the grammar and or sentence structure not be perfect.

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