• "Volunteer work is a way to grow in the self-giving love which gives life its deepest meaning”. –Benedict XVI.

Why should I volunteer?

“…Volunteer work is a way to grow in the self-giving love which gives life its deepest meaning”.

~ Pope Benedict XVI

 

What is volunteering?

Volunteering is a gratuitous, conscious and unpaid activity for the benefit of others, going beyond friendship and family relations.

The relationship between volunteers and Caritas is characterized by the ‘Exchange Principle’:

Volunteers Give

Caritas Gives

  • Time
  • Energy
  • Commitment
  • Enthusiasm
  • Knowledge and Skills
  • Experience
  • Friendship
  • Orientation and Training
  • Tasks and a Schedule
  • Supervision
  • Support
  • Resources
  • Motivation
  • Recognition

Volunteers Receive

Caritas Receives
  • Knowledge
  • Experience
  • New Skills
  • Friendship
  • Satisfaction
  • Knowledge and Skills
  • Support Achieving Goals
  • Public Awareness
  • Representation
  • Contacts

 

What motivates people to volunteer?

1) Ideological, ethical and moral reasons – volunteers want to:

  • Work for positive social change
  • Share their skills, abilities and knowledge to contribute to a social cause
  • Give something back to society, rather than only receive

2) Personal reasons – volunteers work to:

  • Get gratification and satisfaction from helping others
  • Learn and acquire work experience and new skills
  • Add something new to their CV
  • Have an opportunity to interact with a different culture
  • Have an alternative experience to standard free time spending
  • Make new friends, as well as personal and professional networks

Read more in “Volunteers’ Handbook” or just download the handbook here.

 

Work of volunteers in Caritas Georgia

In Caritas Georgia volunteers have a possibility to help different persons in need. Programs of Caritas are working with such types of people as: orphans, refugees, homeless, lonely elderly, sick, socially vulnerable persons, victims of natural disasters and armed conflicts, children leaving on street, and many others. Even a few hours of volunteering per week can change somebody’s life.

 

Voluntary actions

Except of possibility of being involved in different charitable programs or administrative work of Caritas Georgia, there are actions that are fully based on work of volunteers. These actions are:

  • Soup for homeless

Soup for homeless is action of our volunteers to support people living in the street with hot meal twice a week.

  • Clothes distribution Point

Clothes Distribution Point is an action of volunteers to support socially deprived people twice a week.

  • Voluntary Summer Camps

Voluntary camps take place in summer period, when volunteers organize Educational camps for children from socially vulnerable families or Work camps to improve public institutions in poor towns or villages.

 

Nobody can do everything, but everybody can do something.

Become a volunteer! Apply here!


Inga Ckheidze-001 Inga Chkheidze

Volunteering Officer

Caritas Georgia

Nutsubidze Pl. II, Jgenti str. 3a
0183 Tbilisi, Georgia

Tel./Fax: (+995 32) 221 78 19

e-mail: inga.chkheidze@caritas.ge