Nase Mesto / Our Town / Pontis Foundation

by Pontis Foundation
Nase Mesto 2014
Nase Mesto 2014

The stream of volunteer energy will experience Slovak cities on 13 and 14 June 2014. Employees of companies who work as managers, HR professionals, bankers or directly in the production will take in their hands colors, brushes, shovels to beautify their surroundings or devote their time to seniors or people with disabilities. They join thousands of volunteers who take the part in the biggest corporate volunteering event in Slovakia and Central Europe - Our Town.

We will prepare for volunteers more than 200 activities in cities: Bratislava, Galanta, Sered, Šala, Nové Zámky, Pezinok, Trnava, Zilina, Spišská Nová Ves, Košice, Zilina, Liptovský Hrádok, Partizánske.

Naše Mesto linked volunteers as well as competitors

Last year, volunteers hung on specific lamps in the length of several meters at the shabby bus stop under a bridge in Bratislava. "We purposely chose this activity, called Flew, because it was outdoors and creative,“ said marketing manager of one bank, which also came with his team." Repainting bus stop under the SNP bridge during a night in a Green Square was kind of street art. We knew it would not last long. Therefore, we chose last year installation of 5 large lanterns. They were from steel construction to which volunteers reeled kilometers of tape packs, "revealed Matúš Vallo from OZ Mestské zásahy, who joined Naše Mesto on a regular basis. Without replacing the light will illuminate 15,000 hours. Reeling of the tapes and hanging lanterns linked not only volunteers but also competitors, whereas fluorescent lights and electricity is paid by corporate partners.

What’s happening in Naše Mesto these days

We have opened in March call for non-profits to submit proposals for volunteer activities. Activities can be suggested by non-profits, school, kinder gardens, municipalities, civic associations, individuals. They have to contribute to better living conditions for different target groups. We will check all the activities and provide applicants with grants to secure basic needs (material, plants, colors, cleaners, etc.). We will aslo organize training for all applicants focused on tools and ways how to motivate and work with volunteers.

All volunteer activities will be published on the website The actual on-line registration for individual volunteer activities will be open on May 12, 10:00 am. For corporate partners we will organize in May the training how to launch internal communication, how to work and recognize volunteers.

Several changes were made on the website Nase Mesto. We have changed selection criteria for volunteers to pick up the activity. The description of the activity is now more detailed and summary.

Next days we will be focused on internal communication and trainings for NGOs as well as companies.


Cleaning Stara Trznica
Cleaning Stara Trznica

Slovakia 10 years assisted in developing countries under the program:  SlovakAid

Slovak organizations have worked on more than 400 projects in Kenya, Afghanistan, South Sudan but also in Belarus, Tunisia, Serbia, and Macedonia and other countries. Pontis Foundation and the Ministry of Foreign Affairs organized on this occasion 16 - 17.10.2013 Conference 10 years under the logo SlovakAid in Bratislava.

Pontis Foundation operates in Belarus, in the Western Balkans, but also in Moldova, Kenya and Tunisia. "The story of our foundation is part of the story of Slovakia. First, we have gained much experience and practical assistance from developed countries and now we are sharing what we have learned for 20 years," said Lenka Surotchak, director of the Pontis Foundation .

Development Week culminated on Friday the 18th - Developing October day in Bratislava's Old Market, we introduced cuisine, film, theater and exhibition Afriktivity and different workshops.

Volunteers from EY 7 helped non-profit organizations

Since 2008, we are organizing Community Day EY. One day was enough to EY employees worked more than 800 hours for 7 -profit organizations. Volunteers together cleaned the old building in the center of Bratislava from several years of waste , beautified garden, took 31 seniors to autumn botanical garden, collected waste from the Little Danube, cleaned Horský park and animal shelter.

During the summer, we organized a successful sign language courses

Pontis Foundation and Slovak Telekom Fund organized during July and August sign language courses. We launched evening courses, held on Magio pláz in Bratislava and Kosice and three-day free courses. Both courses were led by interpreters of sign language Rober Šarina and Lubica Šarinová.

We cleaned Stará Trznica and filled three containers of waste

Stará Trznica will after several years again server to public. Three full high capacity containers were filled during the first Volunteer Day in the Stará Trznica. We joined to clean the interior, cellars and window.

Patients with multiple sclerosis will help special tablets

Tablets will remind them when to take medication and see a doctor. Program quality of life with multiple sclerosis allow them free access to the internet, to overcome their isolation and maintain social contacts, and more control over their treatment using modern technology.

How to support the fight against corruption and ethics in business?

People from companies and watchdog discuss why to support of organizations dedicated to uncovering corruption and transparent governance in Slovakia. Fund for transparent Slovakia was established in Pontis Foundation, supported by eight large companies who subscribe to the principles of transparent business without corruption.

We were involved in 11 th European Mobility Week

We co-organized a bike ride and inline in Bratislava, which was held during the Car Free Day on Sunday 22 September. Together with the companies we discussed the ecological modes of transport and the use of electric vehicles.

Sign Language Courses
Sign Language Courses
Little Danube cleaning
Little Danube cleaning
Why to be a part of Nase Mesto
Why to be a part of Nase Mesto

In a week, June 14-15th we will organize the biggest corporate volunteering event in middle East – Our Town / Naše Mesto, which take place simultaneously in 11 towns all across Slovakia. It enables us to communicate the benefits of voluntary community support and support the involvement of employees and volunteers across the country.

The Volunteer activities will take place in selected cities over two days in June. Almost 6 000 volunteers will help to NGOs, schools, kindergardens, civic associations to beautify their premises or will spend time with their clients.

More than 500 activities is ready for them. The employees of various companies, as well as the general public can join together and donate their time and efforts to support many worthy causes. Top managers and general employees will work together side by side in the same clothing. Their formal position is no longer important. Skilful hands take the lead.

A concrete jungle will be transformed by green parks. Rivers and water wells will be free from garbage. Playgrounds will have clean sand and colorful climbing frames. People will help others by showing new skills. Enthusiastic employees of various companies will have  not only changed their surroundings, but also themselves.

All necessary information are posted on -  through which all volunteers will also sign-up. Here they can choose an activity that is the best fit for them. Each city will have its own coordinator and the individual activities will be organized by NGOs, schools, nurseries, local authorities or volunteers. They received small grant to purchase necessary materials and tools for the work to take place.

Since 2007 up to today, more than 14 400 volunteers from 100 companies have taken part in these events. They donated 55 719 working hours. We have took part in renovating 7 castle ruins, 265 parks and public spaces, nearly 60 children's playgrounds and school gardens, 5  homeless shelters and 2 animal shelters. We have painted more than 15 km of fences around schools and kindergardens. Over 1 000 clients from social shelters spent day with volunteers full of adventure and new experience.

Be a part of Nase Mesto
Be a part of Nase Mesto

Pontis Foundation is focused on three main areas - corporate philanthropy, corporate responsibility and democracy development abroad. Foundation manages 12 corporate funds, and last year we gave to NGOs, schools and municipalities the grants in the amount of more than 1.1 million. €. We are committed to secure a mechanism assignation of 2% of the tax for the benefit of NGOs and we are a founding member of the Association of foundations regarding this subject. The Corporate fund Accenture at the Pontis Foundation supports NGOs , schools, cities and municipalities to help young people get a job and social skills in finding a job or own business start-up.

Six Kenyan teachers visited Slovakia through Kenyan school modernization project, which is realized by us in southeastern Kenya.

We lead the group Engage - which is the group of 24 companies that are the leader in Slovakia in corporate volunteering. Among other things, last year we collected 8 tons of clothes, baby, kitchen staff  and toys for 30 non-profit organizations. We have started work on a campaign a website for Naše Mesto (Our Town) - the biggest corporate volunteering event in Slovakia and Central Europe. Volunteers from Poistovna Slovenskej sporitelne began to teach young people from crisis center how to save some money for the future and took the children from orphanage to the ZOO. The Hewlett-Packard implements Elderly project aimed to help seniors. We have organized barbeque for a group  of 30 seniors, dancing party and unique photo exibition - portraits of seniors. Photos have been made  by volunteers from Hewlett-Packard Photo Club and leading Slovak stylist took care of seniors style. Through Helping heads volunteers can help to prepare fundraising strategy for Zilina synagogue, from which arise the Kunsthalle.

Furthermore, we have begun preparations for Via Bona Slovakia Award 2012 - a prestigious award for the company for corporate responsibility and philanthropy. Nominations are ongoing to February, 17 and winners selected by the jury will be known on April, 11, 2013.


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Pontis Foundation

Location: Bratislava, Slovakia - Slovakia
Website: http:/​/​
Project Leader:
Marek Chalány
program coordinator for individual philantropy
Bratislava, Slovakia

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