- More than 400 Underprivileged Children and Young People Benefited from Volunteering under the “Entrepreneurship Workshops” Program
Bucharest, January 25, 2018 – More than 100 entrepreneurs participated as volunteers in activities carried out by Vodafone Romania Foundation, covering a total of over 400 recipients, consisting of disadvantaged children and young people, as well as people with disabilities. The activities were part of the “Entrepreneurship Workshops” program conducted by the Romanian Business Leaders Foundation, for which the Vodafone Romania Foundation allocated a funding worth around 68,000 lei.
Participants in the “Entrepreneurship Workshops”, who were involved during the year 2017 in volunteering activities developed by the Vodafone Romania Foundation, have demonstrated that, indeed, doing good deeds is natural and easy. Activities included, among other things, the decoration of the walls of the pre-and post-surgery wards at the V. Gomoiu Children’s Hospital, wheelchair basketball games, jointly with people with mobility impairments, who are beneficiaries of the Motivation Foundation, as well as business counseling services provided to the social DecoArt Workshop, a workshop dedicated to young people with disabilities. The year 2017 ended with their participation in a mini-football championship, along with children from the Real Madrid Social Sports School, with over 60 children being involved in the largest volunteering program conducted by the Vodafone Romania Foundation, called “Letters for Santa Claus”.
Moreover, SalvatTex’s social affair representatives and the DecoArt Workshop delivered entrepreneur courses under the program, free of charge. Concordia sweetshop joined in the business mentoring program “Mentoria”. SalvatTex is a social retailer of second-hand clothing, which provides labor market reintegration opportunities to vulnerable social categories. DecoArt is a decorative pottery handicraft workshop, providing jobs to young people with disabilities.
Volunteers from the “Entrepreneurship Workshops”, who participated in the “Letters for Santa Claus” program, were awarded prizes under the Volunteering section of the 2017 Vodafone Romania Foundation Gala.
The “Entrepreneurship Workshops” project, launched by the Romanian Business Leaders Foundation in 2012, is dedicated to educating and supporting future entrepreneurial leaders to better manage their businesses. Since 2014, the workshops have grown in number, thanks to the financial support of the Vodafone Romania Foundation, becoming a national education and social involvement platform for the new generation of entrepreneurs. So far, more than 600 participants from across the country have benefited from courses organized under the program.
Romanian Business Leaders Foundation (RBL) is an apolitical, non-governmental and nonprofit organization set up in 2011. Its goal is to develop a platform for social action and involvement for business leaders in the private sector. The Foundation’s ultimate goal is to help Romania build an environment that is conducive to responsible business management, to the benefit of all Romanians. Details about “Entrepreneurial Workshops” are available at http://ateliere.rbls.ro/. For details about Romanian Business Leaders, please visit http://www.rbls.ro/.
Vodafone Romania Foundation is a Romanian nongovernmental charitable organization, set up in 1998, which operates separately and independently from the Vodafone Romania SA’s business. During its 20 years of activity, Vodafone Romania Foundation has funded 1,104 programs run by 706 NGOs throughout the country, in the fields of healthcare, education and social services. These projects had a total of 2.7 million beneficiaries – children, young and old people and physically, socially or economically disadvantaged people. So far, Vodafone Romania has invested over 28 million euros in projects run by nonprofit partner organizations. More details about the Foundation’s programs are available at fundatia-vodafone.ro, http://jurnaldebine.fundatia-vodafone.ro/ și www.facebook.com/fundatiavodafone.