In the section “Why is it good for you?”, we have thoroughly explored what volunteering gives to you and why it is worth joining the BBS Sustainability Network either as a member, or as the owner of a specific project. Now we would like to show you how many ways volunteering appears at our University and what exactly it means. We are sure that everyone will find a way to take part in these fantastic initiatives.
We believe that a well organised, cohesive community with common values is an essential requirement and the main driving force behind BBS’s competitiveness and development. In addition to our nearly 18,000 students, we have a group of approximately 1,000 cohesive, responsible and professionally trained employees. A community of this size has a huge responsibility, but at the same time, the opportunity to be able to make a big impact with its actions. One such effect may arise from volunteering.
In 2018, before we began to co-ordinate BBS’ conscious and organised volunteer activities, we conducted a community-wide survey of how BBS citizens relate to volunteering, what ideas they have, in what areas, within what framework, and how much time they could devote to these activities. Interest in the topic has already been proven by the fact that our survey was completed in record numbers by both students and colleagues. The most important results:
- 70% of respondents have volunteered at some point in their life.
- 76% of respondents would like to volunteer in the future.
- Respondents would most gladly contribute to work which is typically light physical work (80%) and non-professional, intellectual (71%) work.
- Areas identified in relation to volunteering are sport and hobbies (55%), animal welfare (46%), education (45%) and the environment (41%).
- 49% of respondents would devote two hours and 55% 2-4 hours to volunteering.