About "We Volunteer!"
To celebrate the European Year of Volunteering 2011 Campus Engage, the national network for civic engagement in Irish higher education, is sponsoring a collaborative photographic exhibition, "We Volunteer!" which will feature student volunteers from across Higher Education in Ireland. "We Volunteer!" will serve to highlight and promote student volunteering throughout 2011.
The photographic exhibition, "We Volunteer!" will be hosted at a number of locations nationwide (e.g. College campuses, key conferences and events) as well as at European locations. An online exhibition will accompany the touring exhibition. "We Volunteer!" will provide a great opportunity to showcase the wealth and diversity of volunteering thereby acknowledging the tremendous contribution students make within their communities. The exhibition is also an exciting way to share the myriad of benefits students experience from volunteering and inspire more and more people to volunteer.
To keep up to date with the latest news on "We Volunteer!" and to view the touring Art Exhibition and the Online Exhibition visit www.wevolunteer.ie
"We Volunteer!" will:
- Celebrate, acknowledge and recognise the contribution of student volunteers
- Generate a shared connection for student volunteers across Ireland and Europe
- Provide an impetus for others to investigate voluntary opportunities for themselves.
Get involved with "We Volunteer!"
Here are some ways to get involved in "We Volunteer!":
- If you are a student share your volunteer story online throughout 2011
- Attend the exhibition launch
- Visit the exhibition when it is your area
- Apply to host the exhibition at your event or campus
Jacqueline Aherne, UL
Joanna Brophy, NUI Galway
Elaine Byrnes, UL
Daniel Farrell, TCD
Aidan Healy, UL
Fr. Joe Jones, DCU
Ann Lyons, Campus Engage
Roisin McGrogan, TCD
Anna Murphy, LIT
Terri O'Boyle, DIT
Monica O'Brien Smith, Paul Partnership
Darragh O'Connor, NUI Galway
Audrey Power, DCU
Lorraine Tansey, NUI Galway
European Year of Volunteering 2011 (EYV2011)
The European Commission has designated 2011 as the European Year of Volunteering, to be known as EYV2011.
In the European Union millions of citizens are volunteering. People of all ages make a positive contribution to their community by investing some of their free time in civil society organisations, in youth clubs, in hospitals, in schools, in sport clubs, etc. For the Commission, volunteering is an active expression of civic participation and strengthens common European values such as solidarity and social cohesion. Volunteering also provides important learning opportunities, because involvement in voluntary activities can provide people with new skills and competences and improves their employability.
The objectives for European Year of Volunteering 2011 as proposed by the European Commission are:
- Work towards an enabling environment for volunteering in the EU
- Empower volunteer organisations and improve the quality of volunteering
- Reward and recognise volunteering activities
- Raise awareness about the value and importance of volunteering
For further information on EYV2011: www.eyvolunteering.eu