On the 2nd of September 2020, the Campaign for Universal Human Responsibilities held its general meeting led by Beatriz de Leon Cobo (Spain), focusing on volunteer engagement and on how to improve the Campaign internally. This two-hour session was made of global citizens from France, Brazil, Canada, Portugal, Syria the USA, Uganda, Argentina and Peru, that started with a personal statement about what it meant to be a member of the Campaign for Universal Human Responsibilities followed by a group sharing of volunteering experiences. Inspiring words such as: Necessary, Important, Citizens, Responsibility, Peace, Hope, Accountability, Future, Evolution and Together were used to best describe the reasoning of the Campaign.
During the second part of the meeting, volunteers had the opportunity to make suggestions on how to improve current issues within the Campaign; ranging from meetings organization and team-building activities, the amount of information available and possible improvements on the communication between Co-Founders and volunteers, all while simultaneously providing solutions to these problems. Some examples of these solutions include organize meetings more frequently and in smaller groups, improve social media accounts, create new and innovative initiatives and partnerships to promote volunteer engagement, provide a comprehensive welcome package for new members and make Co-Founders role more active through delivering monthly updates.
This was followed by a timeline and commitment group discussion in which volunteers assessed their availability and commitment to the Campaign.
Lastly, it was presented a ‘Global Village Party’, taking place virtually on the 12th of September. The purpose of this international event was to promote bounding among volunteers and Co-Founders as well as to celebrate their heartfelt commitment to the Campaign.
The feedback from this meeting provided excellent insight into ways we can improve our relationship with our volunteers and will be used to develop more concrete strategies for volunteer engagement. If you would like to be more involved with the Campaign or share your thoughts on this topic, please email us at firstname.lastname@example.org .
By Ana Rafaela Batista (Portugal)
Volunteer at the Campaign for Universal Human Responsibilities