Vodafone Romania Foundation have started the registrations in the “Professional Volunteer” (“Voluntar de profesie”) program, the 2016 edition, by which the selected persons will replace for nine months their usual professional activity with being an employee hired by an NGO, their monthly incomes being provided by the Vodafone Romania Foundation. This year, six persons will be able to have a nine months break from the activity they perform for their employer and to be devoted to a social case they choose.
Vodafone Romania Foundation will provide the monthly net salaries within the limit of EUR 1,000 per each person, for the nine months period, as well as administrative expenses related to the projects. The initiative addresses to all the active persons in the workforce, regardless of age, city or profession, including the Vodafone Romania employees.
“This program is one of the most important projects developed by Vodafone Romania Foundation yearly, and it addresses to those who always have wished to work in a non-profit organization, but they didn’t have the opportunity. Our initiative aims to support NGOs, which often don’t have the needed resources to hire enough specialists”, stated Angela Galeta, the Vodafone Romania Foundation manager.
The applicants have to identify an NGO for which they wish to work and to decide together with this NGO the project to be implemented. It has to be included in one of the funding fields of the Vodafone Romania Foundation – health, education, social services or volunteering – and to target an economically, socially or physically disadvantaged community. More details about the eligibility criteria, regulation and schedule of the program, are available at www.fundatia-vodafone.ro, the “Voluntar de profesie” section.
“Professional volunteer”, an innovative program launched in 2002 by Vodafone Group Foundation under the name of “World of Difference”, is currently held in 28 countries across the world. The program is designed to support the non-profit organizations who need specialized working people, but who cannot support the annual salary expenses for such employees. In the six editions of the program since it was launched in 2010 in Romania, 60 “professional volunteers” have worked for NGOs across the country, performing more than 40,000 working hours.
Vodafone Romania Foundation is a Romanian NGO having a charity statute, being separated and independent from the commercial activity of the company, founded in 1998. In the 18 years of activity, Vodafone Romania Foundation has funded more than 963 programs in the health, education, social services and volunteering fields, their beneficiaries being children, young people, elderly people and physically, socially or economically disadvantaged people. Until today, Vodafone Romania Foundation has invested EUR 23 million in projects developed by the partner non-profit organizations. More details about the foundation’s programs are available at www.fundatia-vodafone.ro, www.facebook.com/fundatiavodafone.