International Volunteer Day 2019 celebrated with Opening of Exhibition “Growing Together” in Sisak

6. December 2019.

December 5, 2019 Local Democracy Agency Sisak and the Town of Sisak celebrated the International Volunteer Day with the opening of the Exhibition of Photographs of Volunteer Programs of Sisak-Moslavina County.

The exhibition “Growing Together” is set for the fourth year in a row, and presents various volunteer programs implemented by associations and institutions throughout 2019.

The exhibition aims to promote the importance of volunteers’ contributions to community development and to encourage the development of high quality and sustainable volunteer programs. Nineteen volunteer organizers show different areas of volunteering with their photographs, including: animal protection, school volunteering, event volunteering, promotion and information, culture and environmental protection, social care and youth, inclusive volunteering and health.

This year’s exhibitors are: Center for Animal and Nature Protection – Key – Stružec / Popovača; High School Ivan Trnski High from Hrvatska Kostajnica; Primary School Braća Ribar – Sisak;  Primary School Budaševo -Topolovac-Gušće – Sisak; Primary School Braća Bobetko – Sisak; High School Glina; Popovaca Primary School Zorka Sever – Popovača; Sisak Cinema Club; Town of Sisak; Secondary school Viktorovac – Sisak; Association, Children and Youth Association „New World – Sisak; Sisak City Museum; Citizens’ Group “Sisak Volunteers”; The parish of St. Alojzije Gonzaga – Popovača; Children’s Home Vrbina – Sisak; Local Democracy Agency Sisak; Popovača Association of Fine Artists “Moslavački Štrk”; Association Topot – Kutina; Diabetes Society of the Town of Sisak.

On the same occasion, the Town of Sisak presented this year’s volunteer awards in the category of volunteers and volunteer coordinators. These recognitions aim to emphasize the importance and work of volunteers and encourage others to become involved in volunteer activities.

Introductory speeches were delivered by Paula Raužan, President of the Local Democracy Agency Sisak and Goran Grgurač, Head of the Administrative Department for Education, Culture, Sport, Veterans and Civil Society of the Town of Sisak.

Paula Raužan presented the work of the Sisak Volunteer Development Commission, an advisory body that is unique in the country, established four years ago with the aim of encouraging the development of volunteerism, in particular by promoting and improving the conditions for its recognition and reward. She emphasized that by volunteering we contribute to building the community we want, which is an inclusive, sustainable and solidarity community.

Goran Grgurač emphasized that volunteering is one of the most important topics of Civic Education that is implemented in all Sisak primary schools as an extracurricular activity and the importance of involving young people from an early age in community activities, as it raises citizens who are responsible and aware that everyone should give their own contributing to their community.

Musicians Vedran Šimunec and Valerija Vranješ, poet Siniša Matasović and Lada Borovnjak and Vida Cetinjan, students of the 3rd grade of the Braća Ribar Elementary School, who performed the short play, are responsible for the entertaining part of the program.

In the category of Volunteer Coordinator of the Year of the Town of Sisak, the first prize winner is Jelena Lučan, second prize winner Klara Krmpotic, and third prize winner Laura Prpić.

In the category of Volunteers of the Town of Sisak, the winner of the first prize is Ivan Bunjevac, the winner of the second prize is Spomenko Lončarić, and the winner of the third prize is Neda Žilić.

The recipients of the Commendation of the Sisak Volunteers of the Year in 2019 are Vesna Jurišić, Josip Javornik, Dunja Nilić, Marija Mesić, Tomislav Sekulić, Barbara Anusić, Saša Milinović, Leon Milinović, Sonja Lončar and Mihaela Drinčić. Commendations were also received from Božica Cerjak and Mirjana Svoboda, volunteers from the Local Democracy Agency Sisak.

You can visit the exhibition of photos of the volunteer programs until January 6, 2020 at the Theater 21 (Heidenheim Square 3, 44 000 Sisak), from Monday to Thursday between 14:00 and 21:00 and on Friday from 8:00 to 16:00.

The exhibition is part of the project activities:

“Follow My Steps! – Youth for a Sustainable Community” Co-financed by the Office for NGOs of the Government of the Republic of Croatia through the Swiss-Croatian Cooperation Program. It is implemented by ALD Sisak in partnership with Sisak – Moslavina County, Sisak Gymnasium High School and High School Ivan Trnski Hrvatska Kostajnica.

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Sisak Volunteer Center co-financed by the Town of Sisak and implemented by ALD Sisak.

Programme is co-financed by the Government Office for Cooperation with NGOs.

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The views expressed in this text are the sole responsibility of the Local Democracy Agency Sisak and do not necessarily reflect the opinion of the Govermnent Office for Cooperation with NGOs and the Town of Sisak. 

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