Shenzhen Set to Become a City of Volunteers
According to plans released by the government, Shenzhen will be building a city of volunteers with ten percent of residents to be registered volunteers by 2015, a day before the International Volunteers Day. Shenzhen has 8 million permanent residents and is expected to reach 11 million by 2015.
City government departments and local companies have been asked to set up volunteer teams that will offer services in environmental protection, medical support, legal aid, information consultation, education and culture. Student volunteers will also be recruited to lend a hand in helping the less fortunate. A management team will be created to provide services to volunteers, assist in supervising operations, protect volunteer rights and provide the government with the right volunteers.
Shenzhen was the first city in China to start volunteer work in 1989. In 1990 Shenzhen registered its first volunteer association. As of now there are five volunteers and three organizations that will be receiving the Mayors Award for Voluntary Services.