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On vcfsu.org you may check out personal stories of volunteers about how they started their volunteer activity, who supports them, and what does volunteering mean to them. Also you may find out in what projects they are involved, and what do they do in everyday life. Enjoy reading volunteers’ stories in a special website section.

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Maagal Junior volunteer project for teens, the opening of the new season

Since the end of the autumn holidays, “the younger brother” of the Maagal Volunteer Coordination Service – the volunteer platform Maagal Junior for teenagers in Moscow – opened a new …

Moscow | Russia
Start of the international volunteer project “The dream never gets old” in Bryansk

In the context of the project, volunteers help to make dreams of people over 60 years old come true. With the help of the project, volunteers want to make happy …

Bryansk | Russia
The second international volunteer camp in Drohobych and Borislav

This is how it was… The weather was bad, it was pouring, and sometimes the sun came out for a moment and quickly disappeared to give way to another heavy …

Lviv | Ukraine
Seminar at the youth club

On October 17, 2018, there was held a seminar on the volunteer activities of the Hasdey Yerushalaim center for the children from the Lemon youth club as a part of …

Saratov | Russia
The Jewish Volunteer Movement and the Purim Postmen

Despite the frost and drifts, on Sunday 4 March, the Jewish Volunteer Movement and the Purim Postmen were able to visit needy families with many children, elderly people, congratulated them …

Minsk | Belarus
A record of Ukraine is registered in our city!

Volunteers organized a musical concert for guests and honorary donors of the Sumy Regional Blood Service Center. On August 28, volunteers of our center witnessed the presentation of the certificate …

Sumy | Ukraine
Volunteers
Anna Sandul
Anna Sandul

I am 16 years old and I’m a schoolgirl. I practice dancing, actively train and participate in competitions. For me, volunteering is an opportunity to help other people, to meet …

Kropyvnytskyi | Ukraine
Anna Sandul
Anna Sandul
Kropyvnytskyi | Ukraine

I am 16 years old and I’m a schoolgirl. I practice dancing, actively train and participate in competitions. For me, volunteering is an opportunity to help other people, to meet new people and develop my skills in communication with people from different social groups. I got into volunteer center from our children’s home, I came just to look, but I liked it, and I stayed. I am involved in different projects of our center. I usually communicate with the old (I visit them on Sabbath), help in conducting lessons with children at risk, go to orphanages. I love animals, especially dogs, very much, so I would like to help them, at least for a day, to surround them with love, attention and care. I like volunteering, like the people with whom I communicate and I am grateful to them for what they take care of me.

Olesya Petrova
Olesya Petrova

I became a volunteer, because it was always important for me to help people both mentally and physically. After all, if you have such an opportunity, energy and time, so …

Zaporizhia | Ukraine
Olesya Petrova
Olesya Petrova
Zaporizhia | Ukraine

I became a volunteer, because it was always important for me to help people both mentally and physically. After all, if you have such an opportunity, energy and time, so why not?

Once, I came to a charity event as a volunteer, I decided to expand my social circle. This has dramatically changed my life and now I’m regularly participating in various actions. This is an opportunity for me to make the world happier! But the most significant thing is a lot of positive communication with different people!

I became a volunteer because I feel that this is what I have to do. Volunteering makes me feel better, it gives me the feeling that you spent your day for a good reason.

I am a participant of the animators club “Hag Sameah”, and volunteering is an opportunity to realize my creative skills!

I am proud that I became a part of a large family of the volunteer “Doing Good, Ukraine!” movement!

Ron
Ron

During two years I attend the Youth Club “Afifon”. All the guys there are very steep and it is cool to spend time with them, but I have never noticed that they go somewhere for sports.

Kazan | Russia
Ron
Ron
Kazan | Russia

During two years I attend the Youth Club “Afifon”. All the guys there are very steep and it is cool to spend time with them, but I have never noticed that they go somewhere for sports. For example, to try themselves in football, basketball, or somewhere else!
And I really wanted to organize the guys that they defeat among themselves, that would be very cool.
Why am I in the volunteering?
Because it is cool, and if the topic is interesting, as sport for example, so I get much pleasure of it. To promote the healthy lifestyle and, moreover, you can spend more time with good people!
Why is volunteering important?
I don’t know the answer to this question, but I can tell about myself, that if people do something, then they like it, besides volunteering helps to bring many new acquaintances and friendships that will be very useful for you in the future.

Anna Velichko
Anna Velichko

Anna is a coordinator of Lehava program, organizer of volunteering projects in Jewish community of St. Petersburg.  Anna is involved in volunteering more than 10 years and thinks that year …

Saint Petersburg | Russia
Anna Velichko
Anna Velichko
Saint Petersburg | Russia

Anna is a coordinator of Lehava program, organizer of volunteering projects in Jewish community of St. Petersburg.  Anna is involved in volunteering more than 10 years and thinks that year by year an amount of initiatives offered by young people is increasing.

Anna believes that if we take this world as our home each of us wants to make it more beautiful, more comfortable and more kind.

KSENIYA SHEINIS
KSENIYA SHEINIS

I am a journalist. Listening is an important part of my profession. Listening is also necessary in volunteering, and I started to be a volunteer by making calls to lonely …

Yekaterinburg | Russia
KSENIYA SHEINIS
KSENIYA SHEINIS
Yekaterinburg | Russia

I am a journalist. Listening is an important part of my profession. Listening is also necessary in volunteering, and I started to be a volunteer by making calls to lonely elderly people, and congratulating them on their birthday. Despite the fact that the congratulation was informally and quickly said, I invented every wish individually for everyone. I felt on the other end of the line that wards were happy and smiled a lot during the phone call. And they had a desire to tell a little bit more about themselves.

Then there was created by chance “There is Time” project of the League of Volunteers by EJCC Menorah. This is the project, in which I was completely in. And it seems to me, that I brought it to the highest point. I had various interesting tasks: to come up with what dishes to cook from the Jewish cuisine, arrange everything, find interested residents, held a delicious master class. Is this altruism? Maybe it is. Sharing energy and knowledge is altruistic for sure!