More than 10,000 volunteers wearing the same T-shirts will help at various sites across Slovakia on June 8 and 9 as part of the Our City event, with the aim of improving the environment in which they live.
Organised by the Pontis Foundation, Our City is the biggest volunteering event in central Europe. This year, the volunteers will participate in activities in more than 48 municipalities across the country.
“People from companies are part of the communities, particularly in places they live in,” said Michal Kišša, programme director of the Pontis Foundation, as quoted in a press release. “If their employer allows them at least one working day of the year to join their colleagues and help a specific place where also their children play, not only will the environment improve, but also the relationship between the company and its employees will become stronger.”
Number of companies increases
Companies can see the increasing number of benefits from volunteering.
“Potential employees often ask at job interviews how a company helps the community,” Kišša continued. “Our City and the support for volunteering can be one of the answers."
The number of participating firms is increasing every year. In 2018, there will be volunteers from up to 135 companies from across the country.
Where will volunteers help?
Most volunteers will attend activities in Bratislava and the surrounding villages, with their number being as high as 6,200. One of the most popular activities is the cleaning of the Little Danube from the waste in small boats. There will also be activities in Nová Cvernovka, where people will help with the gardening, and Čunovo where they will clean and remove illegal landfills in forests.
Altogether 771 volunteers will be helping in Košice, where more than 30 activities are being prepared. At the local help centre of the League against Cancer, people will be cleaning the spaces and doing some gardening. In the Stonožka Family Centre they will be painting walls and climbing frames, while in the Pastierik Maternal Centre they will be creating sensory rugs.
Some volunteers will go to the castles, for example Devín, Čeklís (close to Bernolákovo in the Bratislava Region), Hrušov (Banská Bystrica Region), Lietava Castle (Žilina Region), and several castles near Prešov, like Šebeš, Soľnohrad, Obišovský and Lipovský.
7. Jun 2018 at 13:40 | Compiled by Spectator staff