Steering Committee

Every ship needs good helmsmen and helmswomen and, of course, a compass. We had both. This journey was only possible together. Committed women and men who live voluntary engagement and are committed to it supported the project office in steering in the right direction in the campaign year.

The steering committee at our side provided us with impulses, advised us, arranged contacts to the local scene and pointed out important topics, developments, and debates. Many of the members of the steering committee had enthusiastically supported Berlin's application to become the European Volunteering Capital from the very beginning. They were both advisors and powerful multipliers: they had many opportunities to shape and carry the plans of the European Volunteering Capital 2021 into the various areas and organizations of civil society.

(c) Daniel Brosch (Unsplash)

The initial impetus for the European Volunteering Capital was indeed provided by politics - for example, a few basic structures were created, and resources were made available. However, the European Volunteering Capital was supported by civil society - in terms of organization and content. Including the steering committee and the project office, and the areas of activity. During the COVID-19 times, we all felt how valuable volunteering is for the solidarity in our city - and how good cooperation between administration and civil society can release new forces. So, it was good that the steering committee brought together representatives from Berlin's political, administrative, economic and academicspheres, so they could also exchange ideas with each other. The European Volunteering Capital also offered an opportunity to reflect on the quality of voluntary and honorary engagement, what was already there and what could still be improved. Here, too, the steering committee provided valuable information.

In regular meetings throughout the campaign year, the project office coordinated with the steering committee. Are we still on course? - This was the question asked by representatives of the following organizations, institutions, and networks: