Vodafone Foundation’s program Professional Volunteer has gathered 484 registrations. 21 people were selected for the final stage, out of whom the Vodafone board will pick 5 volunteers. The sixth professional volunteer will be elected through a public vote on the company’s website, while two others will be chosen from the Vodafone staff.
The Professional Volunteer program will take place between September and December 2010 and will consist in projects in education, health and family abandonment prevention, as well as programs dedicated to children and the elderly. The volunteers’ salaries will be insured by Vodafone and will amount to the volunteers’ most recent salaries in their line of work.
The finalists are of ages between 22 and 58 years old and originate from various backgrounds, such as journalism, medicine, IT, and economy. Among the NGOs selected for the program are: Habitat for Humanity, Romania’s Motivation Foundation, Sfantul Stefan Foundation (Saint Stephen), SOS Satele Copiilor (SOS for Children’s Villages), The National Association of Deaf People in Romania, the Chance for Life foundation, etc.
Professional Volunteer was launched in 2002 on a global level by the Vodafone foundation and is currently being developed in 17 countries, where it has reached a total of 700 volunteers. In Romania, the program was started in 2010.