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Volunteerism


In general terms, volunteering is the practice of people working on behalf of others or a particular cause without payment for their time and services. Volunteering is generally considered an altruistic activity, intended to promote good or improve human quality of life, but people also volunteer for their own skill development, to meet others, to make contacts for possible employment, to have fun, and a variety of other reasons that could be considered self-serving.

Volunteering takes many forms and is performed by a wide range of people. Many volunteers are specifically trained in the areas they work in, such as medicine, education, or emergency rescue. Other volunteers serve on an as-needed basis, such as in response to a natural disaster or for a beach-cleanup.

The social capital generated by volunteering plays a key role in economic regeneration. Where poverty is endemic to an area, poor communities lack friends and neighbors able to help. Thus, voluntary mutual aid or self-help is an important safety net. This model works well within a state because there is a national solidarity in times of adversity and more prosperous groups will usually make sacrifices for the benefit of those in need.

Skills-based volunteering refers to volunteering in which the volunteer is specifically trained in the area they are volunteering in. This is in contrast to traditional volunteering, where specific training is not required. The average hour of traditional volunteering is valued by the Independent Sector at between $18–20 an hour. Skills-based volunteering is valued at $40–500 an hour depending on the market value of the time.

Virtual volunteering, also sometimes called as eVolunteering, online volunteering, is a term describing a volunteer who completes tasks, in whole or in part, offsite from the organization being assisted, using the Internet and a home, school, telecenter or work computer or other Internet-connected device, such as a PDAs or smartphone. Virtual volunteering is also known as cyber service, telementoring, and teletutoring, and various other names. Virtual volunteering is similar to telecommuting, except that, instead of online employees who are paid, these are online volunteers who are not paid.

Micro-volunteering, is a term that describes an un-paid task that can be done via an internet-connected device and in small increments of time. It is distinct from virtual volunteering in that it typically does not require an application process or training period. Micro-volunteering via smart-phone was pioneered by a San Francisco-based social enterprise called The Extraordinaries in 2008.

Community volunteering refers to volunteers who work to improve community enhancement efforts in the area in which they live. Neighborhood, church, and community groups play a key role in building strong Cities from the neighborhoods up. Supporting these understaffed groups can enable them to succeed in a variety of areas, which connect social, environmental, and economic boundaries. Volunteers can conduct a wide range of activities. Some choose to support a variety of groups as a “volunteer broker.”

HIDS CUP 2010

HIDS CUP 2010 is scheduled to begin on the 7

th of December 2010. With only a few weeks to the HIDS CUP organized by Hoadehdhoo Island Development Society (HIDS) this year in association with Football Association of Hoadehdhoo (FAH), it is believed that this will be the biggest, most competitive and the best football tournament if not sports event held in Hoadehdhoo so far. HIDS CUP has always been one of the biggest sport events in the island and in this year 8 teams will compete. A total of 16 matches will be played and 12 awards will be given out excluding the best and fair player of each match but only one team will walk away with the title “Champions of HIDS CUP 2010”.

Looking into a brief history of HIDS CUP, from the beginning onwards HIDS has initiated to organize many of the youth development programs in Hoadehdhoo and one of the most effective and applauded is the HIDS CUP. The HIDS CUP was held for the sole purpose of the betterment of the youth in the areas of sport and social skills and sportsmanship at first in 2004 with a total of 4 teams. The tournament has been successfully held in the few years since, each year with immense upgrades within the tournament itself and in the progress of the youth. The players have shown great development in their skills and displayed a lot of talent in areas of football. The social impacts of this tournament includes not only this, but pronounced teamwork and social skills as well.

HIDS takes pride in the fact that every year a whole lot of promising new players are introduced into the tournament and this year with the establishment of FAH the teams are now registered as permanent clubs which has brought a whole new level of professionalism to the competition.  With the upgrades in the administrative and management side of the event and also first aid and health facilities HIDS CUP 2010 is sure to be a huge success. It was the ”Hoadehdhoo United” who were the champions of last year and who will it be this year?

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