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Editorial: The VolunteersWelcome to the last edition of the Amity Newsletter in 2011. I came to Amity as the
interim editor for the ANL, replacing Anders Granberg who returned to his native Europe for further studies.
Over the course of the past twenty six years, the Amity Foundation is supported by endless numbers of volunteers in our projects. Based on the principle it is better to give than recieve . Myself included, as I was involved with several Amity organised events before serving Amity as a member of staff.
I was privileged to be part of the Summer English Programme (SEP) , the SEP demonstrated the needs for more teachers of English in China to connect with the English speaking world, as they had limited opportunity to connect with the outside world. The other project I was involved in was a service learning expereicence by visiting the orphans in northern Jiangsu. We understood that how vunlerable human lives could be in parts of China. Thousands of toddlers or infants were orphaned by traffic accidents or widows abondoning their own children and in-laws then marrying someone else in another place.
Although 80 millions of volunteers could outnumbered any other countries population alone, yet the percentage 7% out of a population of 1.3 billion is still a relatively low figure. In comparison to most western countries, over a quarter of the population offer themselves in voluntary services; there is also a realisation that Mainland China is still recieving support from a high proportion of support from external volunteers.
The rise of the Chinese economy provides a growth of the middle class in Mainland China. NGOs must utlise this opportunity to promote the virtue of philanthrophy amongst them. Addtionally, the increase in the number of university graduates amongst the new generation would provide NGOs with further human resources, to buy into this vision towards caring for others rather than solely focusing on personal wealth or reputation.
The advance of teachnology has given us the advantage to connect with one another more than ever before. Donation via the internet or mobile phones and campaigning through social networks has become more convenient than the conventional methods in newspapers or magazines.I hope by reading this issue of ANL, you can understand futherthe needs of volunteering and take extra action to support philanthropy in China.
The Amity Foundation is an independent Chinese voluntary organisation. It was created in 1985 on the initiative of Chinese Christians. It has worked to promote education, social services, health, and rural development in the underdeveloped areas of China.
Amitys work is grounded in the belief that all human beings share the same dignity. Abiding by the principle of mutual respect in faith, Amity builds friendship with both Christians and non-Christians in China and abroad. In this way, Amity contributes to Chinas social development and openness to the outside world. It makes Christian involvement and participation in meeting the needs of society more widely known to the Chinese people and serves as a channel for people-to-people contact and the ecumenical sharing of resources. Helping to develop civil society in China is one of the key aims of its work.
The Amity Foundation has about 60 full-time staff at its Nanjing headquarters. Hundreds of volunteers work with Amity all over China. The foundation receives funds from partners abroad as well as in Hong Kong and mainland China.
Volunteerism in China and Practice in Chinese Social Organisation She Hongyu
According to China Volunteers Association, by the end of 2010, there were more than 80 million volunteers in China, which accounts for 7% of the total population.
2008 has been recorded as a mile stone for volunteerism
in China, In the Olympics in Beijing, 1.7 million volunteers offered their service during the game. Media commented Smiling volunteers won another gold for Beijing. During the Sichuan earthquake, three million volunteers helped with the earthquake in all possible ways they could.
SEP volunteers visiting the school for migrant workers children
It goes without saying that the number for volunteers was surged by the two major events in 2008 and the media, thereafter has reached a new high. The earthquake and the Olympics no doubt, have greatly inspired and stimulated the enthusiasm for volunteerism among Chinese people, demonstrated the strong force and great potential of the volunteers, promoted the voluntary spirit and voluntary culture in the society.
Civil society organizations play important roles in society. In China, with the development of market economy, the role and function of government is changing, the sense of citizen as a whole is getting improved. The growing up of volunteers group, the development of voluntary organizations are the important factors of cultivating and constructing a civil society.
How can social organizations attract volunteers and promote volunteerism and expand their supportive groups?
Accountability of social organizations is vitalVolunteer service is defined as those who uses his/her
own time to provide service and help voluntarily with no
intention of gaining physical reward. Accountable service to the disadvantaged group will stimulate the enthusiasm of the volunteers and help them to realize the value and importance of their volunteer service. The high accountability of the organization will increase the desire and add the value for those who volunteer with the social organisation.
Training volunteers on the VMG of the social organization is key
Making volunteers understand the vision, mission and goal of the organization, appreciating the organization culture, willing to work with disadvantaged group such as the elderly, the disabled, the poor is important. One could not expect a volunteer who has desperate fear and strong stigma on the disabled people to work whole heartedly with the group. On the other hand, social organizations would require commitment from the volunteers to respect and work under the same VMG.
A toddler putting a bank note into the collection box at the Amity Carnival in Nanjing
A university student playing with a kid from the rural villages
A SEP volunteer helping Children of
Tree planting during SEP in Sichuan
Handing out Christmas gifts to students from under-privileged background
Supervision of volunteers work is important
Voluntary work needs supervision by experienced staff at the social organizations. Guiding through the process, setting clear standards for the job volunteers involve, solve problems that occur along the road will help maintain a stable force of volunteers.
Innovation of the voluntary work is the lifelineCreating new voluntary opportunities, involving volunteers with
new creations and innovation would give a constant new blood to the voluntary work
Motivating scheme as a strategyRecognizing the volunteers contribution, giving them proper
recognition in public will strongly motivate volunteers to involve more actively. Amity Foundation give annual dinner to key volunteers and award the top 10 volunteers to recognize and appreciate their contribution to the organization in the year.
Promote understanding and appreciation of the voluntary spirit in society as a long term goal
Through all kinds of activities that volunteers participate, social organizations shoulder the responsibilities promoting the voluntary spiritmake volunteerism a habit in peoples lives.
Strategies to promote volunteerism
Establishment of complete law frame for voluntary serviceThere should be a complete law frame to specify and protect
the right of voluntary service by the citizens, and also to regulate the illegality in the process. Strengthen organizations capacity in bringing up the quality of voluntary activities. Social organizations