Community Service Program

Community service has been an important part of ReGeneration since day one.

We believe that offering to help fellow people at no personal benefit to ourselves is an experience that can develop our empathy, as well as our understanding of the challenges we face as a society. All the above are competencies necessary for tomorrow’s leaders.

Community Service Program 2016

 

In 2016, in cooperation with 4 non-profit and non-governmental organizations (NGOs), we designed a volunteer work program focusing on the social problem of the Refugee Crisis, which takes place between March and September 2016. Our objective is to bring awareness to this important social issue, to understand – as much as possible – its extent, support the NGOs which are caringly and respectfully working in this direction, and through them support the refugees already and arriving to our country.

Our community work varies from collecting and delivering food, clothing and shoes, first aid essentials, hygiene supplies, provide information and support to Preventive Medical Units operating at main hot spots for kids refugees, recreational activities for kids refugees. We are present at the city center of Athens, at Port of Piraeus,at the Refugee Camp of Eleonas, at Diavata Thessalonikis Refugee Camp, Idomeni Refugee Camp and in Lesvos.

The organizations with which we are cooperating for the 2016 ReGeneration Community Service Program are:

 

1. Emfasis

Emfasis Foundation is a non-profit organization, a private initiative. It was founded in order to provide direct and efficient solutions to the needs of vulnerable and socially excluded fellow people (homeless, unemployed, in poverty, with different kinds of addictions, street connected children, and more) which live on the street or in imminent homelessness, and which face serious survival problems.

It operates according to the implementation of the pioneering and innovative principles of Social Street Work. With its volunteers, the Social Street Workers, it approaches, supports, and relieves our fellow people who live on the street or in imminent homelessness, with its daily appearance on the streets of Athens and providing humanitarian and family support and counseling. At the same time, while it builds relationships with these people, a personalized program aimed towards gradually facing their problems is developed.

3. The smile of the child

Andreas Yannopoulos, a 10-year-old special boy, fell ill in 1995. During the hard course that followed, his main concern was that all children would have everything he had generously: love, affection, interest, respect! Something he expressed in his diary shortly before losing this fight. The dream of the 10-year-old Andreas came true and today the organization “The Smile of the Child” has one vision: The Smile of every child!

Our mission is to implement efficient and direct actions nationwide, 365 days a year and 24 hours a day, aimed at the protection, health, and welfare of children regardless of their ethnicity and religion.

Love, Dignity, Selflessness, Flexibility, Equality, Innovation, Respect, Participation, Consistency, Cooperation are the values that characterize the work being done by hundreds of our volunteers and our employees!

“The Smile of the Child” has no major benefactors. Our pillars are the citizens and companies which trust our work and support in practice through donations and sponsorships.

Each offer, financial or in-kind – is a small treasure that is utilised with absolute responsibility and respect, a fact that is validated annually by the body of auditors of Ernst & Young. Indeed, according to the actual results of the previous year, only 10 % of our revenues are spent on the administrative function of the organization. For every € 1 you offer on the organization, 90 cents are directly utilized in our actions.

Today, “The Smile of the Child” having being recognized for its work both in Greece and internationally takes initiatives, brings together sound forces and succeeds in giving immediate solutions to hundreds of problems of children.

Moreover, “The Smile of the Child” responds to the huge needs along with the support provided to tens of thousands of children in need due to the deep and persistent economic crisis. It also makes considerable efforts to assist thousands of children in our country, alone or accompanied by their parents.

The implemented actions are provided by specialized staff of the Organization thanks to the precious contribution of volunteers and always based upon the substantial coverage of countless and different needs arising on a daily basis and nationwide.

All across Greece the implemented actions and provided services target to ensure the coverage of medical needs and medical exams, transfers of babies and newborns with ambulances of our Organisation incorporated to EKAB, support with first necessity goods and recreational activities.

At the same time, “The Smile of the Child” undertakes visits across the country at reception or transit areas of migrant and refugee children with the aim to inform on the operation of 116 000 and 116 111 lines through the distribution of a flyer available in 5 languages and map the specific needs and planning of its next targeted actions.

With the vision that every child smiles, we follow what Andreas had encouraged us:

So let’s all help, if we all unite we will succeed!

 

2. METAdrasi

METAdrasi is an Organization of the Civil Society which operates from 2010 focusing on action that are not delivered from the authorities or other Greek organizations, mostly over the translation sector and protection of unaccompanied minors. It provides trained interpreters for 30 languages and dialects, in order to ensure the communication among the refugees, it provides legal support, it certifies victims of torture and undertakes the escorting of unaccompanied minors from detention centers in appropriate accommodation structures throughout Greece. Its actions include two innovative initiatives for Greece: the guardianship and the placement of children in families (foster families).The Transition Structure of Unaccompanied Minors Hospitality of METAdrasis recently launched in Lesvos to minimize the children’s stay at detention centers and there are plans to create similar structures in Chios and Samos.

METAdrasi is the only organization that has a constant presence at the border and it is located at all entry points and refugees passes for five years. Permanently established groups are operating in Athens, Thessaloniki, 7 Aegean islands, in Orestiada and Idomeni and through missions the needs of refugee arrivals where existing are covered. (Symi, Limnos etc.).

To date, METAdrasi has made 238 313 interpretations utilizing the register of 436 certified interpreters, it has provided legal support to more than 58,000 people, it has certified 500 victims of torture, it has realised 3,337 convoys of unaccompanied minors in secure accommodation structures, it has supported 402 children through the Network of Guardianship for Unaccompanied Minors and it has offered hospitality to families in 4 unaccompanied children.

4. Caritas

Caritas in Latin means love. The etymological origins go back to the ancient Greek word “skull” which means head, that was a favorite way of the ancient Greeks to address expressing love, affection, admiration, or honor for one person. Keeping the root, subsequent European languages create multitude of words, eg cher, Cherie, caro (favorite, caresse (touch), charité, charity, carita, Caridad (Charity).

Caritas Athens – Refugee Project, member of the International NGO “Caritas”, which operates in over 200 countries, is a recognized non-profit Association, with a view, inter alia, the provision in the dining room daily rations, distribution of food and clothing and the general social support mainly to refugees and immigrants from various countries, but also in our Greek fellow citizens in need of our services.

With a lean staff and the help of at least 70 volunteers we serve five days a week over 320 meals daily to adults and 70-80 children, we hand out clothes and other necessities twice a week. Experienced volunteers entertain children in a dedicated area arranged for them, we offer the possibility of personal hygiene having created showers in the building and provide advisory services to socially vulnerable groups of refugees and immigrants. In an effort to facilitate the better integration of migrants – refugees and meet their needs, we have created courses for Greek and English language. Our social service, staffed with a social worker provides counseling and support to individuals in need in order to help refugees and immigrants who live on the margins. Through interviews, the needs of each refugee family are evaluated in order to improve their daily lives.

Additionally, earlier this year the “Day Centre” of Caritas Athens was created, where refugee families have the opportunity to spend some hours of the day and receive basic benefits. The beneficiaries of the Day Centre are in a safe place, where they can receive psychosocial support, rest, drink a beverage and eat a snack, receive toiletries and children’s clothes and have Internet access.

 

Community Service Program 2015

 

In 2015, in cooperation with 6 non-profit and non-governmental organizations (NGOs), we designed a volunteer work program focusing on the social problem of homelessness, which took place between September and December 2015. Our objective is to bring awareness to this important social issue, to understand – as much as possible – its extent and support the NGOs which are caringly and respectfully working in this direction, and through them support the homeless people of our city.

Our community work varies from collecting and delivering food, essentials, and cleaning supplies, to social street work during work hours (as Shedia magazine sellers) or social housing work, where they receive hospitality.

The organizations with which we are cooperating for the 2015 ReGeneration Voluntary Work action are:

1. Anthropinoi Anthropoi

“Anthropinoi Anthropoi” is a non-profit organization established on June, 2012. It’s main objective is to find buildings and apartments suitable for housing homeless and deprived families, in collaboration with the local municipal authorities. After ensuring their Housing, the NGO provides them with the necessary food supplies on a weekly basis, medical and mental support, helps them find employment, and lastly organizes educational programs so that they can re-enter our society.

3. Emfasis

Emfasis Foundation is a non-profit organization, a private initiative. It was founded in order to provide direct and efficient solutions to the needs of vulnerable and socially excluded fellow people (homeless, unemployed, in poverty, with different kinds of addictions, street connected children, and more) which live on the street or in imminent homelessness, and which face serious survival problems.

It operates according to the implementation of the pioneering and innovative principles of Social Street Work. With its volunteers, the Social Street Workers, it approaches, supports, and relieves our fellow people who live on the street or in imminent homelessness, with its daily appearance on the streets of Athens and providing humanitarian and family support and counseling. At the same time, while it builds relationships with these people, a personalized program aimed towards gradually facing their problems is developed.

5. Plision

The main activities of this NGO are in the center of Athens, to those which are currently in need. Plision offers food, clothing, and transfers to hospitals whenever possible, as well as transfers to hospitals or friendship clubs on the cold winter nights. In cases where their help was needed, volunteering doctors have come to aid. The action encompasses all our fellow people, without making distinctions based on color, nationality, or religion. At the same time, Plision supports other actions such as helping orphans or offering clothing or food to other institutions such as Medecins Du Monde, prison facilities, etc.

 

2. DESMOS

Desmos is a non-profit organization with the goal of covering the needs of vulnerable groups through the utilization of surplus from individuals and companies. Since its establishment, in January 2012 to the present day, with its offices in Athens and Thessaloniki as the epicenter, Desmos has assisted an increasing network of 452 organizations of social interest in Greece, helping a total of over 300.000 people thanks to the the support of over 202 companies and hundreds of individuals! The estimated value of goods Desmos has administered is over €1.770.000.

4. Boroume

Boroume is a greek non-profit organization which has a main goal of reducing food wastage in Greece through information activities, educational programs, and networks of food surplus.

Boroume operates daily as a communication hub between all those who have and are willing to offer leftover food and provisions (individuals, companies, bakeries, supermarkets, etc.) and charitable institutions which support people in need.

Since the beginning of our operation in 2011, through our network there have been over 3.500.000 portions of food delivered all around Greece and over 6.500 portions are now networked daily.

6. Schedia

“Schedia” is the only greek street magazine and member of the International Network of Street Papers (INSP), which counts 122 street magazines, in 41 countries, with 14.000 homeless unemployed salespeople and 6.000.000 readers worldwide.

As with all global street magazines, “Schedia” is not sold at the usual Press salespoints, but exclusively in the city streets by certified salespeople. The salespeople come from socially vulnerable groups: homeless, jobless, and in general people that provenly live below the poverty threshold. From the price of the magazine (3 euros), 50% (1,5 euros) goes directly to the salesperson. This is a unique opportunity to secure a minimum, decent income, but also a means of extrication from the vicious circle of social isolation and exclusion. It also serves as an extra motive for rebuilding their lives.