Plan Drafted to Make Shenzhen a City for Volunteers
In the next couple of years, Shenzhen is devising a plan that will encourage residents to volunteer and does charity work in hopes to make Shenzhen into a city of volunteers. The plan aims to create an altruistic society that is rewarded with selfless behavior.
Students are required to do voluntary work for 80 minutes every year, and it has become an optional course in colleges and universities in the city. It is also predicted that if a volunteer render his services for at least 60 hours in a year, then around 30 percent of residents have been assisted by volunteers by the year 2015.
Part of the city’s plan is to also construct a building that will serve as an office once the plans to be a city of volunteers push through. The plan shows that 10 percent of Shenzhen’s permanent residence will become registered volunteers by the year 2015 and at least 1,000 social organizations that handle voluntary services. As of today the city has 270,000 registered volunteers.
The plan is currently open for public opinion, residents can check details by checking the official website of the Shenzhen Volunteers Association. Once the drafted plan gets enough public opinion the first half of the plan will then be implemented on the first half of the year.