January 25, 2011
Armenian Volunteer Corps Observes International Volunteer Day: Promoting Volunteerism in Armenia
Yerevan --- In observance of International Volunteer Day, on December 5, 2010, the Armenian Volunteer Corps (AVC) organized, “One More Day for Yerevan,” a partial Yerevan city clean to help keep the city clean and promote volunteerism.
Joining AVC volunteers in observing International Volunteer Day were volunteers from a wide range of organizations including the Armenian Red Cross Society, the Manana Youth Center, Eurasia International University, and Professionals for Civil Society.
Volunteers began early in the morning gathering at several places including at the Paregamoutyuan Metro Station, the Alexander Tamanyan Monument, the Armenian Red Cross Society and Eurasia International University. They made their way to the American University of Armenia where Karen Aghababyan, Director of Acopian Center for the Environment, addressed volunteers stressing how important their service was to helping promote an environmentally friendly and clean community.
Supporters of the successful community service project include Yerevan City Hall and Jean Jacques Ajamian - Sanga Est. Yerevan City Hall arranged for the pick-up of the garbage and Sanga Est supplied the garbage bags. “We are grateful to Yerevan City Hall and Jacques Adjemian – Sanga-Est LLC not only for their tangible support but also for promoting the importance of volunteerism,” stated AVC director Sharistan Melkonian.
“Volunteers from all over Yerevan and AVC volunteers from all over the world, many of whom are sponsored by Birthright Armenia, joined together to make a difference,” continued Melkonian. “We have said it before and we’ll say it again. Volunteerism is an integral part of a strong nation because a country’s needs always surpass the limits of government. Creating a community of engaged citizens is an important part of AVC’s mission.”
The International Volunteer Day clean up was one of many community service projects AVC organizes throughout the year.
AVC was founded in 2000 to serve Armenia through volunteerism. Since its inception, over 300 volunteers have served in over 200 organizations throughout Armenia. For more information about AVC visit www.armenianvolunteer.org.
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Caption: AVC volunteers and Manana Youth Center Students cleaning a courtyard off of Baghramyan Street