aim of Volunteering Hungary - Centre of Social Innovation (ÖKA) is to provide support to Hungarian
volunteers and their host organisations with information¸ advice and training;
to spread the culture of volunteer work¸ and its integration into our
communities with private entities¸ civil organisations¸ institutions and
businesses through concrete programmes.
ÖKA offers its services for all the
different actors of society (individuals, NGOs, government, local authorities,
institutions and companies).
Our core activities:
Recruitment, registration and referral of volunteers
and registration of volunteer opportunities
Framing and review the legislation on volunteering
Educational and training program: maintenance of a countrywide
network of volunteer management trainers, organising accredited training
Professional consultation with governmental
Implementation of Institutional volunteer
Organising Volunteer Promotion Activities
Development of senior volunteer
Volunteering Award Ceremony
Conference on volunteering
Managing professional and promotion campaigns and
Tour, Regional Road Show, TEszedd Programme, ÖTLET Program, etc.)
The beginning of ÖKA's history:
The preparations of the UN International Year of
Volunteers 2001 started in Hungary
in 2000. More than 70 civil and religious organizations, and the
representatives or governmental bodies participated in the work.
During the Hungarian program series there has been
many actions organised in the fields of professional, local, small and big settlement
programs. Researches, studies and other professional documents were prepared.
The year has also offered a great opportunity for drawing the attention of the
government on the importance of the volunteers’ work, and the economic and
social magnitude of volunteering.
It was stated during the year for the first time that
in order to create the necessary infrastructure for volunteering and the
development of the volunteering culture, a National Volunteer Centre is needed.
The cooperation and work of 5 non-profit organisations
enabled the execution of this idea, so in September 2002 the Volunteer
Centre of Hungary (ÖKA) could start its operation officially. ÖKA has been first supported
by the Hungarian Soros Foundation and the Charles Stewart MOTT Foundation.