The celebrations of the International Volunteer Day, which will be celebrated on December 5th, will be celebrated in Portimão with the delivery of the Municipal Volunteer Prize and the holding of the round table “Volunteering in Portimão – An act of citizenship”, scheduled for the auditorium of the Museum of Portimão.
The Municipal Volunteering Award, officially announced on City Day 2018, is held annually and aims to 'recognize, support and distinguish best practices by promoting the exercise of social responsibility and active citizenship while stimulating the presentation of programs. innovators', according to the municipality.
"This distinction is aimed at the voluntary action of citizens and entities in the areas of solidarity and health, environment, social economy, education and training that promote the improvement of the quality of life of children, young people, the elderly, people with disabilities, shelter, migrants, ethnic groups and other vulnerable citizens, with relevant social interest and measurable impact on recipients ".
In this first edition, eight collective projects were admitted to the contest, which will be presented at the award ceremony, scheduled for 5:30 pm. During the roundtable, which will start at 3 pm, the local experiences of the Elos de Esperança Association -1980 will be shared by its president Maria Fernanda Cabral Teixeira, from the Algarve Food Bank, and by president Nuno Alves, from the City Volunteering Project. 2019, by Helena Moreira, and the European Solidarity Corps Project – Dypall Network, by young volunteers David Cardoso (Portugal), Giovanni Macaluso (Italy) and Verónica Vismara (Italy).
The moderation of the round table will be in charge of Diana Gomez, journalist of “Correio da Manhã”, followed by a debate open to all interested parties. The Elos de Esperança Association – 1980, operating in Portimão at the Algarve University Hospital Center, develops the “Hora da Divha” project, having received a total of 88,274 users from January to October this year. translated into 20,403 working hours.
It currently has 108 members, plus 18 honorary members, aged 18 to 84, whose daily work aims to humanize services, in partnership with the hospital structure. The European Solidarity Corps is the new European Union initiative aimed at young people, giving them the opportunity to volunteer or work on projects at home or abroad for the benefit of people and communities.
Portimão welcomes, for the 3rd consecutive year and in close partnership with Dypall Network, six volunteers from Spain, Italy, Poland and Turkey, who develop their main activity in Loja Ponto Já, Community Center of Cruz da Parteira and Dypall Network.
With regard to Banco Alimentar do Algarve, since 2012 in Portimão, it has 55 volunteers in the region and distributes an average of two million products per year, corresponding to approximately 2.5 million euros. This distribution is made through 106 institutions in the Algarve and reaches 15,100 people.
«The Portimão – European City of Sport project has made it possible for many volunteers this year to live rewarding experiences by contacting people from other backgrounds, expanding their social relations and developing personal skills in a spirit of participation and citizenship» , finalizes the autarchy.
The closing of the celebrations of the International Volunteer Day will be in charge of the Mayor of Portimão, Isilda Gomes.