Time to help: why people become volunteers

June 24
Social sector

The volunteer community of Moscow today is more than 610 thousand non-indifferent people. Among them there are officially registered volunteers, as well as employees of non-profit organizations and government agencies involved in volunteer activities. Every year, with the support of volunteers, more than 170 events are held - charity and commemorative events, festivals, and city celebrations.

Among the volunteers there are people of different ages and professions. They develop sports, event, social, cultural, patriotic and media volunteering. There are those who are engaged in volunteering in medicine and donation of blood. Helping others, volunteers try different spheres, get acquainted with people and gain experience that can be useful in everyday life.

Moscow volunteers talked about what volunteering means to them and how to find time for good deeds.

Marina Rip: I started calling my parents more often

Marina Rip is an active volunteer. A year and a half ago, she joined the volunteers of the #MyVmeste campaign (we are together). Since then, despite the busy business schedule, Marina Rip always tries to find time to help others.

"I remember how after the briefing I immediately went to the first delivery of food. I really wanted to help people who needed support. My grandmother needed water, and she only asked for one bottle, because she was worried that it would be hard for me to carry it. The first delivery of food gave me one hundred percent understanding that people just need help, and not only during the pandemic. I started calling my parents more often," she recalls.

Most of all, Marina Rip likes the social and medical areas of volunteering. She supports elderly single people, children with disabilities, orphans, large families, helps in hospitals, participates in various organizational activities. Marina Rip plans to get feet wet in sports volunteering by helping the participants of the race.

"Volunteering for me is a gratuitous help to people and society, a lot of positive emotions and memorable moments. Volunteering is a way of life. Volunteering makes the world a better and kinder place, and thanks to it, I am changing for the better," she said.

Kirill Karpievich: If I want to help, then I have time for it

Kirill Karpievich is a student of the Moscow Automobile and Road Construction State Technical University (MADI). His activity as a volunteer began in 2015, when he joined the volunteer corps in his hometown of Neryungri in the Republic of Sakha (Yakutia). After moving to Moscow, Kirill continued to devote himself to volunteering.

The young man prefers participate in the events, as it allows him to gain experience that can be useful in the future life. For example, during the XXIX World Winter Universiade 2019 in Krasnoyarsk, he was a volunteer of the group that was responsible for arrivals and departures at Sheremetyevo Airport and learned a lot about the work of the airport.

"During the time I spent on duty, I got a really clear picture of how the arrival and departure service is arranged at a modern airport, how the process of interaction between the consular offices of the Russian Foreign Ministry and the Border Service of the FSB of Russia is organized. I even learned what to do when I forgot suitcase with important documents and the luggage when I was already on the airplane board! I got a huge experience of communicating with foreign guests," Kirill Karpievich recalls.

The volunteer always finds time to support others, and at the same time he studies at the university. According to him, it is not easy to combine studies with volunteer activities, but it is possible.

"I rarely have to find time for volunteer work. If I want to help, then I have time for it. Volunteering, of course, is associated with people, communication, emotions. It gives a feeling of duty done to the world. The feeling of putting a part of yourself into something that makes other people happier. A volunteer is, first of all, a person with an active civic position, who is ready to provide all possible assistance in various areas free of charge," Kirill Karpievich said.

Lyubov Efremova: It becomes a way of life

Lyubov Efremova is an active ‘silver’ volunteer. She became a member of the volunteer movement in November 2019 at the festival "Young Old: New Seniors".

"I'm retired, I don't work now, but it's great when you're young at heart! Therefore, there is a lot of time for volunteering, but it is still not enough. I want everything at once! It's exciting, it becomes a way of life," Lyubov Efremova says about volunteering.

Thanks to friends and soulmates – just as active as she is – Lyubov came to the Silver Age volunteer center. When I started the activity, I wanted to learn more about volunteering. So she got acquainted with the Mosvolonter center, passed the training program for novice volunteers ‘Kick into action!’, the ‘Project ‘Future’ program of the Association of Volunteer Centers for those who already have experience in providing free assistance. Today, her list of good deeds includes forums, sports marathons, events at the Victory Museum and the Darwin Museum. She also took part in the Vaccination Assistants campaign and is going to be vaccinated herself after the content of natural antibodies decreases after her disease.

Lyubov Efremova says that many of her friends and acquaintances do not understand why they have to get up at four in the morning for five days in a row to get to the other end of the city by seven in the morning. To this she replies: "You need to be a volunteer to feel involved in important events, to become a part of a huge volunteer team."

Source: mos.ru

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