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The history of the Mosvolonter resource center began in 2014, when Russia hosted the XXII Winter Olympic Games in Sochi. At that time, only sports volunteering was available for Moscow volunteers, and today the center develops more than 10 types of volunteer assistance.
For people who cannot imagine themselves without the help of others, there are different types of volunteering in Moscow: sports, environmental, cultural, patriotic volunteering, volunteering in medicine, donation and others.
Since the beginning of 2021 alone, about 70 events have been held, including the large-scale Vaccination Helpers campaign. More than eight thousand volunteers took part in these events. They devoted over 72 thousand hours to helping the city.
“Volunteering is selfless help to the people around you and to your city. Today, the Mosvolonter team has more than 125 thousand volunteers, and their number continues to grow. This means that Muscovites are ready to help, improve the urban environment and develop a culture of good deeds, ”said Dmitry Pokrovsky, director of the Mosvolonter resource center.
Sports volunteers are involved in organizing sports events. They help viewers to find their way, accompany athletes and fans, answer questions from participants and guests about the event, about the site where the event is taking place.
In 2021, volunteers supported the organizers in holding events such as the European Weightlifting Championships, the Grand Prix de Russie international snowboarding competitions, the Moscow Marathon – 2021 and others. 433 volunteers took part in this season’s sporting events; they devoted 7234 hours to helping the residents of the city.
The most popular area of volunteering is social. Volunteers help orphans, large families, disabled people, and older people.
The most ambitious and longest running in this direction was the All-Russian action “We are Together”. In Moscow, the action to help people who are on self-isolation due to the coronavirus began on March 28, 2020 and lasted a year. During this time, it was supported by more than 23 thousand volunteers, more than 48 thousand applications for the delivery of food, medicine and essentials were fulfilled.
As part of cultural volunteering, city assistants conduct excursions, take part in the restoration of historical monuments, support concerts and creative evenings, help in museums and libraries.
At the end of 2020, the Moscow Culture Volunteers program was launched on the basis of Mosvolonter. It will develop in seven areas, such as volunteers for museums, libraries, parks, theaters, heritage, cultural centers, and hospitality. Registration is now open for two directions: cultural heritage volunteers and library volunteers… More than 1,100 Muscovites have already joined the cultural volunteer program.
Medical volunteering brings together more than five thousand caring citizens of different ages and professions. Medical volunteers provide assistance to staff in hospitals and clinics, conduct master classes on first aid, and promote a healthy lifestyle. It is possible to become a medical volunteer even without specialized education, because the tasks of volunteers can be very different – from administrative work to nursing.
Volunteers who participate in the patriotic direction of volunteering help at events dedicated to important historical dates and events. For example, 1.5 thousand people took part in the celebration of Victory Day this year. With their support, patriotic actions “Red Carnation” and “Congratulate the Veteran” took place in Moscow, the headquarters worked for the meeting of veterans arriving to celebrate the 76th anniversary of victory in the Great Patriotic War.
Media volunteering is one of the new directions of volunteering. Volunteers cover volunteer actions and events, tell about them with the help of photographs, information materials, videos.
In the first half of 2021, a team of media volunteers took over 1.2 thousand pictures and wrote 20 notes and articles on the results of city events.
Most of the various formats of participation in event volunteering. Volunteers help at city, federal and international events and can fulfill a variety of roles. They meet and accompany guests, help with the accreditation of participants, help in the work of press centers, coordinate the audience.
Thanks to the development of the volunteer movement, new directions are also emerging, one of them is eco-volunteering. Volunteers give lectures on separate waste collection, hand out leaflets, and talk about environmental pollution in social networks. They also participate in subbotniks, forest planting and waste sorting campaigns.
This year, within the framework of the ecological direction of volunteering “Mosvolonter”, volunteers will be able, together with partners of the resource center, to help animals, to beautify urban and natural areas, to create eco-trails. You can register for participation in the Moscow Environmental Volunteers program on the website “Mosvolontera”.
Another area is corporate volunteering. It has appeared quite recently. In this case, the city is helped not by individual volunteers, but by entire companies. They go to psycho-neurological boarding schools (PNI), nursing homes, become mentors in orphanages and help animal shelters.
Anyone can join any of the areas of volunteering. To do this, it is enough to contact the Mosvolonter resource center in person at the address: Tverskaya street, 9, register on the center’s website https://mosvolonter.ru. Or contact his employees on social networks “Instagram”, “In contact with” and Facebook.
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