Dear LIN Friends,
Good morning from Ho Chi Minh City. This update comes right on time when we make an initial tally of the submissions to LIN 2011 Volunteer Stories Competition. As we mentioned in our last update, LIN Center, with the backing of the Judith Carey Zesiger Family Foundation, launched the Volunteer Stories Competition on the 10th of September to recognize the important work of volunteers who are making a difference in our communities.
We are proud to inform you that during the course of two months of the competition, we have received 93 stories, 32 photos and 10 videos from volunteers and volunteer host organizations nationwide. Through this year’s theme, “The Power of Sharing”, the competition aims to highlight the positive impact volunteers are having in our community.
Volunteers share their resources, their time, their expertise, their skillsets, their experiences and/or their high energy. In this competition, we encourage them to take one step further - to share their story. Besides “Best of the week” prizes, this year’s prize categories includes most inspirational story, most committed story, most nurturing volunteer, and the best example of pro bono volunteer service - how a volunteer applied their professional skills and/or experiences to support a not-for-profit organization in their community.
By sharing volunteer stories, the LIN Center wishes to give a voice to the unsung heroes who are working to empower the community through their volunteer work. In addition, we hope to inspire others to try volunteering in their community, each in his/her own way.
The Judge Panel consisting of 12 professionals, who are CSR experts, journalists and financiers, are working on the evaluation of the submissions to select the winners for the Grand Final Prizes. Volunteers and Volunteer Host Organizations that submit a story will be eligible to win one of several attractive prizes (up to VND 10 million). This is made possible thanks to the generous support of our sponsors: the Judith Carey Zesiger Family Foundation, SRI Vietnam, UNV Program, Megastar Cineplex, Emerald Digital Marketing and MobiVi.
To celebrate the practice of giving in Vietnam and to leverage the contribution volunteers make in their community, the LIN Center designed an awards scheme that allows winners to keep half of the prize money and give the other half to the NPO of their choosing.
Stay tuned for the result, which will be announced at the Award ceremony on the 4th of December in Ho Chi Minh City. After the competition is over, the LIN Center team will select a variety of the best story submissions to comprise a book of stories that recognize the dedication and commitment of Volunteers.
For now, you can log on to the competition website to find the many inspiring stories and photo and video entries: www.cauchuyentinhnguyen.com
Thank you for your continuing support to LIN Center and our Skilled Volunteer programs. We will come back with more exciting news about an ongoing survey to assess the local NPO needs for skilled volunteers.
With best regards,
LIN Volunteer Coordinator
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