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Münchner FreiwilligenMesse 2021
Munich’s Volunteer Fair Online – »Holding Together and Achieving Together«

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Munich’s long-standing Volunteer Fair will be held again in January 2021. Taking place as an online event for the first time due to the pandemic, it has been extended to a period of ten days from 22 to 31 January. Even without the usual face-to-face contact, it will provide lots of information about opportunities for voluntary work in Munich.

Under the motto »Holding Together and Achieving Together«, the upcoming volunteer fair will focus on the two key behaviours that make an urban society livable and vibrant: More than ever before, the only way to get through such difficult times as these is by reaching out to and standing up for each other. Together with the City of Munich and under the patronage of Lord Mayor Dieter Reiter, FöBE, the independent networking and specialist centre for pro bono work in Munich, is organising the Volunteer Fair for the 15th time this year.

As many as 80 associations and initiatives from nine fields of activity will provide in-depth information about voluntary and pro bono activities. Since a direct contact between prospective volunteers and voluntary organisations cannot take place in the Gasteig, the organisers have developed an online format for presentations and discussions. Each organisation will present itself in various ways, ranging from live streams and films to detailed written contributions about available opportunities and positions for volunteers. In online meetings exhibitors and prospective volunteers will be able to establish direct contact with each other.

On-site events by individual organisations will also be streamed online and will provide a platform for direct meetings between representatives of the organisations and anyone interested in getting involved.
A varied fringe programme rounds off the the online trade fair, which will run for ten days: ample time to find out all about the many possibilities of getting involved – all from the comfort of home.

Face-to-face contact being at the very heart of voluntary work, its sudden absence at the start of the pandemic meant a sudden stress test for this sector. But possibilities for maintaining this all-important personal contact also by other means were quickly found. These new forms of engagement and how organisations adjusted to the novel situation will also be discussed at the virtual volunteer fair.


Sponsored by the social services department and the Directorate of the City of Munich
(FöBE – Förderstelle für Bürgerschaftliches Engagement, Munich)