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30 November 2007
Volunteers in Bonn raise awareness in combating HIV/AIDS 
Bonn, Germany: To mark the International Volunteer Day (IVD) on 5 December, the Bonn-based United Nations Volunteers (UNV) programme is partnering with AIDS-Hilfe Bonn to organize activities on 1,5 and 8 December highlighting the work of volunteers and their contribution to combating HIV/AIDS.  Read article

From: UN Volunteers, Germany
More about: Germany  HIV/AIDS
15 November 2007
Swiss group recruiting volunteers to meet needs of disabled 
Basel, Switzerland: The Basel-based Welfare Group for Disability and Sexuality already arranges erotic massages for people with disabilities. But it is now providing full sexual intercourse and is also signing up gay volunteers to have sex with homosexual disabled people. The group's leader Aiha Zemp said it was a subject that "needed to be tackled." She said: "It's a big taboo that needs to be broken. Having sex is a basic human need like eating and drinking and we have to fight for this right for the disabled."  Visit site

More about: Switzerland  Sexuality
07 November 2007
Online shopping makes contributing to volunteerism easier 
California, USA: Throughout November nonprofitshoppingmall.com highlights the spirit of volunteerism by designating US-based volunteer organization Points Of Light & Hands On Network as its default beneficiary.  Read article

More about: United States  Advocacy
17 October 2007
Crisis of volunteers in Scotland revealed 
Fears of being falsely accused of harming children is the major factor preventing Scots from volunteering, and while 69% of adults consider working with children, only 5% actually do, a report claims today. Concerns over the culture of litigation is also a factor when it comes to working or volunteering with young people, a survey by Scotland's Commissioner for Children and Young People (SCCYP) found. In the poll carried out for the commissioner, 48% of adults said concern about being falsely accused of harming young people is the number one obstacle to becoming a volunteer.  Read article
02 October 2007
Volunteers helped rebuild houses in Ghana  by Noora Kero
Bongo district, Ghana: Gilbert Azagsa, one of 400 Ghana Red Cross Society volunteers who is helping to register the needs of people affected by the rains and flooding in Ghana is talking to Aduko Akolbire, a widow from Soe community. Aduko tells him that she is mostly worried about the lack of food and money.   Read article
28 September 2007
Nonprofit contribution to economy enormous 
Bonn, Germany: The civil society sector in a wide range of countries contributes about as much to gross domestic product as do the construction and finance industries and twice as much as the utilities industry, according to a Johns Hopkins University report released Tuesday at the first "Global Assembly on Measuring Civil Society and Volunteering" in Bonn, Germany.  Read article

More about: Germany  Civil society  Research
25 September 2007
Global assembly on measuring civil society and volunteering starts 
Bonn, Germany: The “Global Assembly on Measuring Civil Society and Volunteering”, convened by the Johns Hopkins Center for Civil Society Studies in cooperation with the United Nations Volunteers (UNV) programme and the United Nations Statistics Division, was launched today at the United Nations offices in Bonn.   Read article

More about: Germany
04 September 2007
Germany launches new volunteer programme for foreign aid projects 
Berlin, Germany: Germany launched yesterday a government-funded program aimed at encouraging up to 10,000 young people a year to work as volunteers in developing countries.  Read article

From: International Herald Tribune, France
More about: Germany  Infrastructure  Youth
24 August 2007
Irish volunteers now ready for deployment overseas 
The Minister for Foreign Affairs, Mr Dermot Ahern TD, and the Minister of State for Overseas Development, Mr Michael Kitt TD met today with volunteer members of Ireland's Rapid Response Corps – recently established to provide a pool of seasoned technical experts to be deployed in humanitarian emergencies.   Read article

From: ReliefWeb
More about: Ireland  Infrastructure
20 August 2007
Volunteering on the rise in the Philippines by Constantino Tejero
Manila, Philippines: Companies are venturing more into volunteerism to share with the community part of the benefits they’ve received. Tasks for the volunteers range from cultural and global education for local schools, to community cleanups, house-building, fund raising for local charity—or anything that would have “a positive and practical contribution to community initiatives.”  Read article

From: Philippine Daily Inquirer, Manila, Philippines

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