Surfing the web for a good cause!

Fundación Cibervoluntarios, the joint second-prize winner, has been promoting e-volunteering in Spain for many yearsFundación Cibervoluntarios, the joint second-prize winner, has been promoting e-volunteering in Spain for many years.
The second European "Discover e-Volunteering" competition, co-funded by the Orange Foundation and Fundacja Orange Poland, drew to a close on 17 June with a prize-giving ceremony in Warsaw.

"Discover e-Volunteering" is the only European-level competition for non-governmental organisations and employees who want to use the internet to help their communities by becoming "e-volunteers".

This second edition of the competition was a great success, with entries of over 70 projects in 24 different countries across two different categories (existing e-volunteering projects and new corporate volunteering projects). An international jury selected a short list of 13, which was then voted on by internet users. The winning projects are detailed below.

Existing e-volunteering projects:

first prize: "Our City: To Know It Is To Love It" - Croatia. During monthly guided tours of the city of Rijeka, young people ask older people about their history and their lives. They then publish photos and videos of these interviews online in order to share what they learn about the city’s rich history with the wider public.

joint second prize:

The Belgian association De Druglijn helps people suffering from addiction (drugs, alcohol etc.) via an email support and information service.

In Spain, Fundacion Cibervoluntarios uses digital technology to combat social exclusion by training vulnerable people to use the internet.

joint third prize:

The Turkish association Spinal Cord Paralytics collects photos of places that are inaccessible to people with disabilities, in order to alert the relevant authorities.

Nobody’s Children Foundation is developing a safer internet programme in Poland, with a hotline for children, training for e-volunteers and more.

New corporate volunteering projects:

The prize was awarded to Ukryty Potencjal, a Polish project to create a blog on educational materials for children with autism and their families. The project aims to involve e-volunteers employed in fields where educational materials are developed (psychologists, students, therapists etc.).

With such exciting examples of how the internet can be used, you’ll never look at your screen the same way again!

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