THE IDEA - Work together for a good cause
Newcomers and locals work together towards a good cause and get to know each other personally. The newcomer volunteers experience firsthand how people in Germany live, work, and communicate. They re-apply their unique talents to a new context and develop valuable skills while making new friends.
And the best part is that social volunteering is straight forward: There are no bureaucratic hurdles, newcomers can start right away! The potential is huge. Yet, getting started is still too difficult: How to find the right organization or project to support? Where to start? GoVolunteer helps newcomers on all steps of their volunteering journey.
THE PROGRAM - What is Active Newcomers about?
We support refugees and migrants with their start into volunteering and social engagement - with information, simple access, targeted trainings and personal coaching:
THE VOLUNTEERING PROJECTS - From Emergency Relief to Football Training
Our main goal is to support the newcomers to become an integral part of the society by helping them get involved in social projects and activities, focused on social issues that are important to them. It also offers them an opportunity to use their skills while learning new ones throughout the process. Therefore, ACTIVE NEWCOMERS offers a variety of prospects to help them engage in a wide range of societal challenges in diverse fields.
Our ACTIVE NEWCOMERS are working for these causes:
More information and overview of all projects at: www.engagierte-newcomer.de
Integration is a big challenge. But what do we actually mean when we talk about integration?
We say: "to be integrated" is not enough. "Collaboration" is the key. People identify with a community when they have the opportunity to work with others on issues that are important to them. When I team up with Majdi, Jürgen and Talila to fight against plastic waste in our oceans, I do not care where they come from. What is important to me is the fact that we share the same goals and values. Through joint activities and the struggle for the best solution, we enter into a constructive dialogue and get to know each other.
The goal of Active Newcomers: Integration through Participation! More than 1 million refugees and migrants seek social participation and work in Germany. Unfortunately, bureaucratic hurdles complicate the process from the very first step. Many newcomers find themselves in a situation of relative isolation, which is further exacerbated by language barriers and inadequate housing and living conditions.
An opportunity to overcome this isolation offers a social commitment that is uncomplicated and devoid of administrative hurdles. Refugees can build relationships and gain experience in the German workplace. The frequent contacts with German native speakers facilitate their language attainment. In addition, their engagement with like-minded people offers them an opportunity to break out of a psychologically stressful situation and to use their individual skills in a meaningful way again.
It is a win-win situation: refugees and migrants bring their new ideas and special expertise that are highly compatible with the assignments in the non-profit sector.
We want to finally harness this potential with the ACTIVE NEWCOMERS by addressing these 3 acute needs:
In the next 18 months, through our program, we want to enable more than 200 newcomers to get active on more than 50 charitable projects in a variety of fields. We help refugees and migrants in the following ways:
Do you care about tolerance and diversity? Do you believe that every person is unique and has the ability to enrich our community? Are you deeply concerned about social issues? Are you a change-maker at heart? Then ACTIVE NEWCOMERS is definitely a good fit for you!
With the program ACTIVE NEWCOMER by GoVolunteer ...
Your donation will be doubled: With our successful concept, we have already won over the European Union (ESF) and Aktion Mensch as sponsors for our active newcomers. Your support is what is needed now. And the great news is - every euro you donate is doubled by a public grant.
This is a great opportunity: Each donation creates a double effect and helps a newcomer to help other people! #MachMit
ACTIVE NEWCOMERS has successfully put the first 20 participants in a social volunteering opportunities as part of the pilot project, funded by the EU and Aktion Mensch. However, our limited seed funding will soon expire.
Therefore, we start a new crowdfunding campaign. With the proceeds we want to realize two key goals:
To realize these goals, we need a budget of € 50,000. This budget will be invested in the development and implementation of trainings and community events, personal care, technical infrastructure, workshop materials, rental of event space and information materials (offline and online). With every Euro that exceeds the funding threshold of 20,000 Euro, we can include additional participants in these offers and promote an extension of dedicated NEWCOMER to other locations.
For example: The event series "Work and Job Search in Germany" with five events costs us €350 per participant. Our goal is to realize at least three further series of events in order to be able to address the most urgent individual training needs of the first 200 participants.
Your donation will be doubled: Our previous sponsors, the European Union (ESF) and Aktion Mensch, have agreed to double each donated euro through a public grant (up to a maximum of 50,000 euros). This is a great opportunity!
THE ORGANIZATION – GoVolunteer | Help where you are needed
GoVolunteer stands for an active society: As Europe's largest volunteering community, we aim to make volunteering part of everyone’s daily life. The idea is simple: connect volunteering projects with people who want to help - and motivate others to follow their lead. On www.GoVolunteer.com you choose from over 3,500 projects in more than 200 cities. Find a project that fits your skills and interests and start volunteering today.
By making volunteering easy and rewarding, GoVolunteer gives every single person the opportunity to actively shape our society. Many hands can do a lot of good: We link the unique potential of volunteers to the needs of social initiatives. And more than that: By connecting people and encouraging collaboration for a common goal, we help our community grow together.
The Federal Commissioner for Migration and Refugees has named GoVolunteer as an important engine of integration. GoVolunteer e.V. is a non-profit association based in Berlin.