Skilled Volunteers Help Empower Vietnam Nonprofits

by LIN Center for Community Development
Jun 20, 2012

Project update: June 2012

LIN Volunteer Stories Book
LIN Volunteer Stories Book

Dear LIN Friends,

In this updates, you will find news about our recent activities, as well as upcoming exciting projects.

LIN Skilled volunteer meeting – May 2012

On May 27, LIN Center held a meeting with the participation of 10 skilled volunteers at the main office of Huynh Tan Phat Scholarship Foundation, 11 Le Ngo Cat, District 3, HCMC. The topic of the meeting was “Meet the International Volunteers”.

In a friendly and open atmosphere, the volunteers shared with each other ways to look for volunteer opportunities and different models used in the U.S., France, Russia, Hong Kong and Vietnam to promote volunteerism among the youth. The participants also discussed the benefits and challenges of volunteering in Vietnam and in those countries.

This is an event that LIN organizes once every three months for skilled volunteers in Ho Chi Minh City.

LIN Volunteer Stories Book - Vol.2: The power of sharing

LIN Center is glad to announce the publication of Volunteer Stories (Volume 2): The Power of Sharing. The book is printed in both Vietnamese and English with lively illustrations by Do Quang Vu, LIN skilled volunteer. The 13 stories in the book were selected from 90 submissions for Volunteer Stories competition organized by LIN Center in September 2011.

We would like to express our deepest gratitude to all the sponsors of Volunteer Stories competition 2011, whose support is a strong motivation for us to get this book done: Judith Carey Zesiger Family Foundation, UNV Vietnam, SRI Vietnam, Emerald Digital Marketing, MobiVi, Megastar and The Word Magazine. The book, of course, wouldn’t exist without the contribution of the individuals and organizations who shared their heartfelt volunteer stories, pictures and videos with us. And last but not least, we owe many thanks to our volunteers who selflessly helped us with the translation, edition, revision and design of the book.

“The publication is well-designed and makes up of high-quality and moving stories. I particularly think that the best part is the bilingual presentation, thanks to which foreigners can read the book as well. Thank LIN very much and wish that LIN’s upcoming events will be successful!”

Huong Trang – a volunteer who submitted her story for the competition.

Launching: LIN Corporate Volunteer Challenge 2012

LIN Corporate Volunteer Challenge will officially start on June 23, 2012. LIN will invite interested companies and NPOs who signed up for the challenge to come to a meeting, organized along the same lines as a speed dating event. LIN will give a presentation to provide context and orientation, explain the challenge guidelines and then facilitate the speed matching process.

Each company will then be matched with one NPO to help mentor communication skills, produce a communication product that can meet the NPOs needs and help the NPO to develop an effective communication strategy.

Over the course of two months, the teams (each team with one company and one NPO) will compete with each other to deliver the best communication product and strategy. A judge panel will deliberate to select the team who presents the most effective outcome. The winning team will be awarded with prizes including communication services (eg. Website, digital marketing, printing voucher, etc.) which in turn will assist the NPO in expanding their fundraising network; raise public awareness and support for their cause.

“Few local NPOs in HCMC have in-house communication system, let alone communication staff. It is our belief that they would benefit from a partnership with a communication expert(s) who could help them to improve their skills and knowledge,” said Ms. Nguyen Thi Thanh Truc, Project Manager at LIN Center. “At the same time, this competition offers a great opportunity for the communication companies and their employees to do good and give back to the community in a meaningful way.”

LIN Corporate Volunteer Challenge 2012 seeks to increase the dialogue and interaction between the for-profit and non-profit sectors that are all working to strengthen the communities in which they live and work. The goal is to inform and inspire individuals and companies to think meaningfully about vulnerable groups in their community and how they can engage to make a positive impact. 

For more information about the Challenge, please click here.


Thank you so much for reading. We welcome all contributions, suggestions, or questions regarding our Volunteer activities. Please don’t hesitate to leave your comments here or contact us at: Your continuing support will enable us to carry out more helpful projects for Skilled Volunteers to help empower Vietnam not-for-profit organizations.     


Truc Nguyen

LIN Volunteer Coordinator



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LIN Center for Community Development

Location: Ho Chi Minh City, NA - Vietnam
Website: http:/​/​
Project Leader:
Dana Doan
Ho Chi Minh City, NA Vietnam

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