Volunteerism and Working with Volunteers
Developing and Implementing Volunteer ProjectsÖmer Özdinç
The process in volunteering practices usually works as follows: Identify a problem and determine a solution for eliminating or reducing it. Implementing this without expecting anything in return means to participate in volunteering. As a result, how does someone implement the solution determined in this process? How does someone plan? What exactly are the goals? What activities will be undertaken to achieve these goals? How does one plan the resources needed for these activities? Where does one get these resources? How can one form sources of income to support these volunteer activities? How can one find external funding? How can one explain themselves to the institutions that will fund the work? How does one ensure that this whole process takes place as desired, namely with the planned resources and budget? The answers to all these questions are actually related to one single concept: the project. For this reason, especially in recent years, one of the most used concepts in terms of volunteering and social responsibility studies has been the project. This section will discuss what the concept of a project is, which works can and cannot be called projects, and what phases an idea will go through while being implemented with a project. This section will also cover the different approaches to managing projects and what to consider when managing a project. In addition, examples will show how one can find funds for projects and how one can prepare the project application documents funding institutions request.