Sharing volunteer stories to win prizes
9/12/2011 9:48:17 PM
By Kieu Giang in HCMC

Sharing volunteer stories to win prizes

By Kieu Giang in HCMC

To recognize the important work of volunteers in local communities, the LIN Center for Community Development has launched the 2011 Volunteer Stories Competition themed ‘The Power of Sharing’.

The competition aims to highlight the positive impact of volunteers as they share their resources, time, expertise, skills, experiences and their high energy to community activities. Through the contest, organizers also want to encourage volunteers to share their stories to inspire others who have aspirations of volunteering in the community.

Organizers invite all volunteers and volunteer host organizations nationwide to submit their stories in the form of a written essay, photo, and/or short video documentary.

Besides ‘Best of the week’ prizes, this year’s prize categories includes most inspirational story, most committed story, most nurturing volunteer, and the best example of pro bono volunteer service - how a volunteer applied their professional skills and/or experiences to support a non-profit organization (NPO) in their community.

Contestants will be eligible to win one of several attractive prizes worth up to VND10 million. Especially, the LIN Center designed an awards scheme that allows winners to keep half of the prize money and give the other half to an NPO of their choice. Those interested should submit their entries to the email address by November 6.

After the contest, organizers will select the best stories to comprise a book to recognize the dedication and commitment of volunteers. 

“We  hope to raise greater awareness of the skilled volunteers who are working to build long-term capacity for NPOs in Vietnam. While the skilled volunteer model is new to Vietnam, we hope that first-hand examples will help bring to light the important role that skilled volunteers can play in community development,” said Nguyen Thi Thanh Truc, head of the Volunteer Stories competition.

The contest has the support of the Judith Carey Zesiger Family Foundation, SRI Vietnam, UNV Program, Megastar Cineplex, Emerald Digital Marketing and MobiVi.

For more information, contact Ms. Thanh Truc on 38 246 091 or access the website