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13 october

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#WeAreTogether clubs to open in the regions of Russia

Volunteers provide support to people not only during crises, but also in everyday situations

#WeAreTogether clubs to open in the regions of Russia

In 32 regions of Russia, #WeAreTogether clubs of the All-Russian mutual assistance campaign are opening. These clubs have brought together volunteers, NGOs, participants and partners of the nationwide campaign.

Their work is aimed at supporting people not only during emergencies, but also in everyday situations: they contribute to the provision of targeted assistance to the elderly and people with limited mobility, families in need and large families, single parents and pregnant women.

“Our task is to help the volunteer community in its development and work, as well as to help those who create conditions for its successful activity, including government bodies and various budget organizations,” stressed the First Deputy Chairman of the Commission of the Civic Chamber of the Russian Federation on Youth, Volunteerism and Patriotic Education, Chairman of the Council of the Voluntary Centers Association Artem Metelev.

The opening of a #WeAreTogether club took place in Pskov Region last week. The meeting brought together volunteers, social activists, representatives of the non-profit sector and business who took part in the campaign #WeAreTogether. The Governor of Pskov Region Mikhail Vedernikov emphasized that 2020 was a turning point for the volunteer movement in the region. Furthermore, he spoke about the work of the volunteer resource center “Team 2018” which had passed the certification procedure.

In Stavropol Krai, during the first meeting of the #WeAreTogether club, the chair of the Pyatigorsk Duma Lyudmila Pokhilko noted that people in the region were well aware of the need for volunteering in the community and were ready to provide comprehensive support for its development based on the experience of the #WeAreTogether campaign.

“The campaign was a breakthrough that showed the real potential of volunteers. We have seen that this is a real force that the whole country can rely on in such a difficult period,” she said.

The opening of a #WeAreTogether club was also held in Kazan. During the period of the coronavirus pandemic, the Republic of Tatarstan, like all regions of Russia, represented by NPOs, volunteers, authorities and business, united into a single team and provided various kinds of assistance to residents for six months.

“A team made up of 6,686 volunteers was formed to assist in the delivery of food and medicine to the elderly in the Republic of Tatarstan, and the leadership of the republic, large transport and food companies, as well as the non-profit sector, acted as partners. For this we thank you again and again!” said the Deputy Minister of Youth Affairs of the Tatarstan Republic Anna Zakhmatova.

At the first meetings of the #WeAreTogether clubs, the Association of Volunteer Centers and regional administrations, the participants jointly discussed ways to adapt the project most effectively in each specific region, and strengthen cooperation between NPOs and the business community. The participants also discussed new initiatives and outlined the first joint projects, as well as exchanged views on the situation with the development of volunteerism in regions across Russia.

Tags: Artem Metelev

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