241 entities benefit from voluntary units in Saudi Arabia

The number of entities benefiting from the project to establish voluntary units in accordance with the criteria and specifications of the Saudi National Standard for Volunteering has reached 241 governmental and non-profit entities, with the aim of organizing and enabling volunteer work in them, and contributing to achieving the objectives of the Kingdom’s Vision 2030, in the field of voluntary work.

The project to establish voluntary units targets 290 governmental and non-profit entities by the end of this year 2021, by increasing the adoption and enhancing the conviction of their employees to volunteer work, and the importance of engaging volunteers in addition to enabling the organization and its volunteer official, to achieve the Saudi national standard for volunteering.

These volunteer units perform a number of roles and tasks, most notably: Planning and Promotion: where the volunteer official determines the activities and procedures that he will undertake to activate the volunteer entity in the organization, design volunteer opportunities and attract through the national platform for volunteering, sorting and housing, in which applicants are differentiated, Orientation and training for volunteers are also provided, and training needs are determined for them.

It also provides support and supervision for volunteers, provides appropriate resources, and evaluates their performance, in addition to honoring and appreciating them by handing them certificates explaining their achievements.

The establishments benefiting from the establishment of voluntary units achieve many benefits, most notably: an increase in the average volunteer opportunities by 50%, as well as achieving an average monthly economic return of up to 30,000 riyals, in addition to an increase in the number of volunteers by 53%.

It is noteworthy that the Saudi National Standard for Volunteering is one of the initiatives of the Center of Excellence for the Development of Non-Profit Organizations at King Fahd University of Petroleum and Minerals. Applied, in partnership with the Ministry of Human Resources and Social Development, Al-Rajhi Humanitarian Foundation, and Abdullah Al-Subaie Charity, which contributed to supporting 40 volunteering units in the Kingdom.


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