In total 45 initiatives of local volunteers realised in towns and villages are competing this year for the Volunteer Initiative 2017 awards. The competition is organised by Tulip Foundation and the National Alliance for Voluntary Action for a seventh successive year and was open for all organisations and groups that have organised voluntary initiatives during the year regardless the place and the period of the realisation, the aim and organisation of the actions, the sources of funding, number and age of the volunteers.
Stefan Kitanov, Director of Sofia International Film Festival and a member of the European Film Academy, Alexey Lazarov, Chief Editor of Capital newspaper and Ognian Zlatev, Head of Representative Office of European Commission in Bulgaria will select the best and most effective initiatives on the basis of their results, the importance for the local community, the number and the involvement of the participants, the impact of the initiative for the development of the capacity of the volunteers and the team of the organisation, the financial effectiveness.
The best initiatives will be praised with a special certificate and award in the form of investment in the development of the volunteers. The awards will be announced at a public ceremony on 7 December at 14.30 pm at the City Mark Art Center Hall, 30 Yanko Sakazov Blvd., Sofia.
Volunteering is a personal and conscious act of learning, connecting with other people and solidarity among generations. Volunteering is part of the daily life of thousands of people in Bulgaria. They give their time and skills but need to be supported and encouraged. Jon us at the award ceremony so that we together praise the volunteers in Bulgaria and mark the International Day of Volunteers 5 December!