Fully aware of its social responsibility in raising awareness and promoting the common good and greater social justice, NOVA has been promoting and supporting (both centrally and through its Faculties, Schools and Institutes) various volunteer activities, together with other entities who are directly involved in the practice of solidarity and citizenship.
NOVA’s Volunteer Program (Regulation) aims to include both short-term activities (linked to specific goals) and long-term activities (on a regular basis in accordance with the needs of social groups, volunteers’ intervention areas, and of the entities partnering with the program).
Volunteering should be performed without the expectation of obtaining any form of benefit. Notwithstanding the foregoing, we consider the award of a Diploma with a Citation of Citizenry to be important for our students, as a form of acknowledgement of their work. Every student is encouraged to draft their social CV from the beginning of their volunteer activities.
“To volunteer is to place my talents in the service of the common good! It’s a contribution to a fairer and more just society!”
· Raising awareness within the community to the importance of volunteer activities;
· Optimizing the practices of volunteer activities within and outside of NOVA;
· Opportunities for learning and developing technical, scientific and social skills;
· Making available to all NOVA students volunteer activities in social, educational, health, scientific, sports, cultural, environmental and entertainment sectors;
· Specific activities allowing for the cooperation with local groups/associations/entities with the aim of providing positive, stimulating and interesting experiences to vulnerable groups.
What is volunteering?
In accordance with the Law n.º 71/98 of November 3rd, “volunteering” is the set of actions of social and community interest performed gratuitously by people, within the scope of projects, programs and other forms of intervention on behalf of individuals, families and communities, developed not-for-profit by public or private entities. The present Law does not apply to those cases where, despite gratuitous in nature, the set of actions are isolated and sporadic, or determined by reasons of familial, friendship or neighborly ties.
Volunteering is, therefore, an activity inherently linked to the exercise of citizenship, which can be translated into a relationship of solidarity, and individual and community civic participation, performed in a free, responsible, and organized manner, for the purpose of solving problems afflicting certain social groups or even the community at large.