BECOME A VOLUNTEER

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Got some free time? An evening? A day? A week? A month? A summer? Join the Inocenti volunteer team to help children in need and their families.

If our organization sounds like something that you would take pleasure in being a part of—whether by participating actively, by joining us in a project or cheering us on from the sidelines, look no further.

Here are three ways you can share your time, talents and experience:

• Connect with us in Bucharest, Bistrita or in the US.
In Bistrita, Inocenti volunteers support us in all of our Programs and work in the Inocenti “Playrooms ” located in the Emergency County Hospital Bistrita – Nasaud – Department of Pediatrics, Beclean City Hospital and City Hospital “Dr. George Trifon” Nasaud . They also volunteer for Inocenti in its locations in the Child Protection Centers in Bistrita, Nasaud and  Beclean and in all locations of the Social integration Programs. Volunteers promote early literacy, volunteer at the Olimpiada Inocentilor and take part in local projects such as “Pass the Baton Day”, “Reading Day”, ” Festival of Friendship”, mini-trips, picnics, etc.
Contact the Bistrita Office here

In Bucharest, Inocenti volunteers are also able to help in all of our Programs and support us in a local pediatric hospital and in the Educational Support center locations. Volunteers help with local trips, tutoring, art projects, early literacy activities as well as bigger events like Christmas parties, the 2% campaign and fundraising activities.
Contact the Bucharest office here

In the US, volunteers regularly support Romanian Children’s Relief / Inocenti events; help organize campaigns such as the ‘Back to School’ campaign raising funds to equip students for the school year in Romania, help by translating.
Contact the US office here

• ERASMUS+
Volunteer through The European Voluntary Service (EVS). EVS enables young people aged 18-30 years to make a voluntary stage, 6-12 months in a host organization from another country, taking part in cultural, social or environmental projects. In Bistrita, the Inocenti Foundation acts as both host and coordinating organization, in partnership with the L’Escale Maison de L’Europe (Franta) organization. The project aims to host two foreign volunteers annually, who actively participate in the organization programs. The volunteers will participate in daily recreational activities, socio-educational and clinical support. The project aims also to help at personal development of the two volunteers by providing relevant intercultural learning experiences in a non-formal context.
Find out more about Erasmus+ here

• Sign up for our seasonal newsletter
We send a seasonal newsletter via email to keep our friends and supporters informed and so that they can learn more about the work that we do.
Sign up here

• Follow us on Facebook.

Why volunteer?

At Inocenti, our volunteers come to us from many different backgrounds and with a multitude of skills and experiences.
We have found that volunteering is a two way street. It can benefit the volunteer as much as the cause that they wish to help. Here are six good reasons to join the volunteering team:

It’s good for you
Volunteering provides physical and mental rewards. Experts report that when you focus on someone other than yourself, it interrupts tension-producing patterns and reduces stress.

It also makes you healthier: Moods and emotions, like optimism and joy strengthen the immune system. Did you know that the London School of Economics have proved that helping others spreads happiness? 
When researchers examined the relationship between volunteering and measures of happiness in a large group of American adults, they found the more people volunteered, the happier they were, according to a study in Social Science and Medicine. Compared with people who never volunteered, the odds of being “very happy” rose 7% among those who volunteer monthly and 12% for people who volunteer every two to four weeks.

Volunteers gain professional experience
A survey carried out by TimeBank showed that among 200 of the UK’s leading businesses:
73% of employers would recruit a candidate with volunteering experience over one without,
94% of employers believe that volunteering can add to skills,
94% of employees who volunteered to learn new skills had benefited either by getting their first job, improving their salary, or being promoted.

Also, if you are thinking of a career change then volunteering is a perfect way to explore new fields. Working alongside professionals is the ideal way to expand your work portfolio in your field and to gain a real insight into your chosen path.

It brings people together

As a volunteer you assist in uniting people from diverse backgrounds to work toward a common goal and building camaraderie. Both the recipients of your volunteer efforts and your co-workers can be a source of inspiration and an excellent way to develop your interpersonal skills. Volunteering also offers networking opportunities. Not only will you develop lasting personal but it is also a great way to learn about people from all walks of life, different environments, and new industries. Networking is an exciting benefit of volunteering.

Volunteering strengthens the community
Volunteering provides valuable community services so more money can be spent on local improvements.
The estimated value of a volunteer’s time is $15.39 per hour (60.91 Lei, 13.61 Euros)
As a volunteer you help support children and families, improve schools and develop the community.

You learn a lot
Volunteers learn a lot about the following:
Self-Worth: Volunteers discover hidden talents that may change your view on your self worth. Volunteering promotes growth and self esteem. Understanding community needs helps foster empathy and self-efficacy.
Government: Through working with local non-profit agencies, volunteers learn about the functions and operation of our government.
Community: Volunteers gain knowledge of local resources available to solve community needs.

You get a chance to give back
Fundamentally, volunteering is about giving your time, energy and skills freely. Unlike many things in life there is choice involved in volunteering. As a volunteer you have made a decision to help on your own accord, free from pressure to act from others. Volunteers predominantly express a sense of achievement and motivation, and this is ultimately generated from your desire and enthusiasm to help. It may be true that no one person can solve all the world’s problems, but what you can do is make that little corner of the world where you live just that little bit better.
Community service and volunteerism are an investment in our community and the people who live in it. You make a difference.

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