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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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We are proud to present you vcfsu.org website! Here is collected all the information about the activity of FSU volunteer centers. On the website pages you may find many interesting articles about the beginning of volunteer movement in different countries and cities, what projects there are at the moment, how are they developing, and many more.

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Anna Sobko
Anna Sobko

I am a candidate of technical sciences, docent, member of the board of the Ukrainian Association of Cooks, head of the department of hotel and restaurant business. Jewish community plays an …

Cherkasy | Ukraine
Anna Sobko
Anna Sobko
Cherkasy | Ukraine

I am a candidate of technical sciences, docent, member of the board of the Ukrainian Association of Cooks, head of the department of hotel and restaurant business. Jewish community plays an important role in my family’s life. I have two children, and thanks to its help, one of my daughters had the possibility to receive necessary medical care and get another chance to live. Thanks to the Volunteer Center, we may continue the chain of kindness and teach our children to appreciate life, to be generous and open. Just helping each other, we can save ourselves as a nation. As for me, volunteering is manifestation of my position as a citizen, the position of friendly attitude to people around me. This is an opportunity to use all my professional and life experience there, where it can really help somebody.

Rafalskaya Lyubov Borisovna
Rafalskaya Lyubov Borisovna

Lyuba was born and grew up in Tomsk (Russia) in the family of radio engineers. Then her father was transferred to the city of Rivne, so, the whole family moved …

Rivne | Ukraine
Rafalskaya Lyubov Borisovna
Rafalskaya Lyubov Borisovna
Rivne | Ukraine

Lyuba was born and grew up in Tomsk (Russia) in the family of radio engineers. Then her father was transferred to the city of Rivne, so, the whole family moved here. About 12 years ago Lyuba’s father left for Germany. A few years later, Lyuba’s sister Vera with her children also immigrated to Germany.

Lyuba graduated from the Department of Pharmacology of the University of Chernivtsi and has been working for many years as head of a pharmacy.

She is married and has a son, Mikhail. She lives with her husband Oleg and her mother Nadezhda Zarkh who sings in the Freileche Neshama choir.

Lyuba and her whole family take an active part in all Jewish Community Programs. Her son Mikhail attends children’s creative studios and the Sunday School. They go to Shabbatons and family camps. They are members of the Young Family Club and participate in almost all Community projects and celebrations.

When Rivne Volunteer Community was founded, Lyuba and her husband came up with great ideas: Lyuba runs the Flea Market Project and Oleg runs the Beauty and Health Project. Lyuba got this idea because she is fond of fashion and hates to throw clothing away.

Wonder Hat Project is another great idea of hers.

Her motto is: “It is easy to do good deeds but it is hard to forget about them”. That is why she helps others.

Govbah Karina
Govbah Karina

I learned about the volunteer network from my friends with the common interests. And when I wanted to register the Grandma into the project “The Dream does not age” I wanted myself and became a magician.

Kharkiv | Ukraine
Govbah Karina
Govbah Karina
Kharkiv | Ukraine

Govbah Karina. 19  years old. Student at law faculty.

I learned about the volunteer network from my friends with the common interests.  And when I wanted to register the Grandma into the project “The  Dream  does not age” I wanted myself and became a magician.  Older people have forgotten long ago how to dream and especially that feeling when your dream is fulfilled.  It is a pleasure for me to help people.  I like to make them happy.  To help people in those things that they themselves, probably, may fail or it is very difficult for them to do it.   People should always help each other because it is the meaning of human existence, in my opinion.  Without the aid, if everyone would by himself only — the chaos comes and it does not bring anything  good.

Vitaly Nadashkevich (29 years old)
Vitaly Nadashkevich (29 years old)

I am a director of the juridical and consulting firm “ Law Craft” . Very much I am interested in a question of social business, because I consider that it isn’t enough for our country of it.

Lviv | Ukraine
Vitaly Nadashkevich (29 years old)
Vitaly Nadashkevich (29 years old)
Lviv | Ukraine

I am a director of the juridical and consulting firm “ Law Craft” . Very much I am interested in a question of social business, because I consider that it isn’t enough for our country of it. Also I am interested in all ecological LVC projects. We, volunteers, have created the Council of Volunteers at the Jewish community of Lviv which I was entrusted to lead. I like to help people around, especially it is pleasant when these people begin to help the others.

Julia Potikha
Julia Potikha

If you are looking for a volunteer who wants to participate in everything that happens, so this is Julia Potikha.

Odessa | Ukraine
Julia Potikha
Julia Potikha
Odessa | Ukraine

If you are looking for a volunteer who wants to participate in everything that happens, so this is Julia Potikha. That is what Julia says about herself: “Hi. My name is Julia, I am 20 years old. I am a student, a poetess and, simply, a volunteer.

The Volunteer Center, unfortunately, she did not enter immediately, it was with the help of the Youth Club “Derech” in Beit Grand. What for do I volunteer? I do volunteering work, in order to direct my energy, which is more than enough, to the right direction. It is very important to feel useful to those who surround me. And also it is important to develop yourself in various interesting directions.
The relevance of volunteerism, of course, is that there are always people in need of assistance. And, the most important moment is, that there is always someone who will gladly help them.
The volunteering is the relationship between the thousands of people who work as one big body. For someone to screw a light bulb is the difficult work, but for someone else, it is like to click your finger. So, why not to introduce them for the successful cooperation. Thanks to such work the society blooms in my eyes. This gives me the faith in the surrounding world, invaluable experience and good people. »