- Over 400 disadvantaged children and young people benefitted from the volunteering activities through the program “Ateliere de Antreprenoriat”
More than 100 entrepreneurs participated as volunteers, in 2017, in the Vodafone Romania Foundation’s activities, whose beneficiaries were over 400 people, namely disadvantaged children and youngsters, as well as people with disabilities. The activities were part of the educational program “Ateliere de Antreprenoriat” (“Entrepreneurship Workshops” – e.n.) of the Romanian Business Leaders Foundation, funded by Vodafone Romania Foundation with almost RON 68,000.
Thus, the participants in the “Ateliere de Antreprenoriat” who got involved into the volunteering actions carried out by the Vodafone Romania Foundation, proved that making good is natural and easy to do. The activities included, among others, the decoration of the walls of the pre- and post-surgery departments of the Clinical Hospital for Children “Dr. Victor Gomoiu”, basketball matches in wheelchairs, along with people with motor deficiencies, beneficiaries of the Motivation Foundation, as well as business consultancy from which the DecoArt Social Workshop benefited, in which young people with disabilities are working. The year ended with the participation of the volunteers in a mini-football championship, together with children from the Real Madrid Foundation Sports Social School and with the involvement of more than 60 of them into the largest volunteering program of the Vodafone Romania Foundation, “Scrisori pentru Mos Craciun” (Letters for Santa Claus” – e.n.).
Moreover, the representatives of the social businesses SalvatTex and Atelierul DecoArt participated in the entrepreneurship classes offered for free through this program. Also, Brutaria Concordia has entered the Mentoria business mentorship program. SalvatTex is a social business whose profile is the sale of second-hand clothing, providing labor market reintegration services for vulnerable social categories. Atelierul DecoArt is a unit that makes handcrafted decorative clay objects, offering jobs to the young people with disabilities.
The volunteers from “Atelierele de Antreprenoriat” who participated in the program “Scrisori pentru Mos Craciun” have been awarded at the Volunteering section, at the 2017 edition of the Vodafone Romania Foundation Gala.
The project “Ateliere de Antreprenoriat” was launched by the Romanian Business Leaders Foundation in 2012, aiming at educating and supporting the future entrepreneur leaders in better conducting their businesses. Since 2014, the workshops expanded with the financial support of the Vodafone Romania Foundation, becoming a national platform of education and social involvement for the new generation of entrepreneurs. So far, more than 600 participants across the whole country benefitted from the classes organized under the program.
Romanian Business Leaders Foundation (RBL) is an apolitical, non-governmental and nonprofit organization set up in 2011. Its objective is to develop a platform of social action and involvement for leaders in the private environment. Its ultimate goal is to make Romania a better country for the responsible business, and thus for all the Romanian people. Vodafone Romania Foundation is a Romanian non-governmental charity organization, distinct and independent from the trade operations of the company, set up in 1998. In its 20 years of activity, Vodafone Romania Foundation financed 1,104 programs developed by 706 NGOs across the country, in the fields of health, education and social services. The projects had more than 2.7 million beneficiaries – children, youngsters, elderly, physically, socially or economically disadvantaged people. Until today, Vodafone Romania Foundation invested over EUR 28 million in projects developed by the partner nonprofit organizations.