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HCMC non-profits hold event for Int’l Volunteer Day
By Michael Smith in HCMC
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HCMC non-profits hold event for Int’l Volunteer Day

By Michael Smith in HCMC

Volunteers from the organizing committee discuss plans for Sunday’s International Volunteer Day event in HCMC - Photo: Courtesy of LIN Center for Community Development
A special event for International Volunteer Day will be held by not-for-profit organizations this Sunday Dec. 5 with 200 volunteers expected to attend.

Event organizers said the event aims to show the NPOs’ appreciation and encouragement for the many ways volunteers help build strong communities.

“Volunteers in Vietnam mainly just want to help and support the community,” said Pham Truong Son, Event Coordinator and Community Liaison at LIN Center for Community Development, one of the organizers.

Son said the 12 NPOs that were organizing the event had thousands of volunteers to thank for the work they have done through their volunteering projects. The event will be special because more than 80% of the NPOs that are organizing the event for International Volunteer Day are Vietnamese, Son said.

The NGOs that are organizing the event are Blue Dreams Volunteer Group, DRD Volunteer Club, Habitat for Humanity Vietnam, Health Volunteers Organization, IVC (International Volunteer Club), LIN Center for Community Development, SIFE Economic University HCMC, Smile Group, Suc tre (Youth Energy) Group, Sunshine Volunteer Group, Tri thuc tre (Young Experienced) Group, Volunteers for Peace Vietnam and the HCMC Women’s Charity Association.

Only two of the NGOs in the organizing committee, Habitat and Sunshine Volunteer Group were international, the Lin community liaison officer said.

The program to be held at the International International School Saigon Pearl in HCMC (92 Nguyen Huu Canh Street, Ward 22, Binh Thanh District) from 8:30 am to 11:30 am will have booths and games plus a forum for volunteers and NPO representatives to share their stories.

It will be much bigger than last year’s small gathering for volunteers, said Dana Doan, full time Advisor to the LIN Center.

Volunteers in Vietnam not only give their time they also provide important skills.

Son said LIN had about 60 active skilled volunteers who were indispensable to the organization, because they provided important services for free that the new NPO could not afford to pay for.

That included online volunteers who help with translating, website design, graphic design and financial management.

Ms. Bao, vice-head of Blue Dreams said, “The event is also a great chance for me and my colleagues to meet our counterparts at other volunteer host organizations to learn new approaches to attracting new volunteers and keeping existing volunteers engaged and motivated.”

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