Space for Social Commitment.

Have you been thinking about becoming more involved in social initiatives for a while now?

Would you like to help others or donate to social institutions? It doesn't matter if you would like to give your time, money or material donations - every little bit helps!

Now, more than ever and over the next few weeks, people in and from Ukraine need our help. Many displaced people from Ukraine, especially women and children, are coming to Austria. Volunteers are needed to help those who need help. You can help by giving your time, providing accommodations, or donating!


To make your search a little easier, we have put together a list of links for various social organizations and institutions.

 

If you're thinking, "... but I don't just want to donate, I want to do something or help in some other way!", major relief organizations are looking for community volunteers to, for example, help sort donated clothes and materials (PDF), opens a file in a new window​​​​​​​, etc.

Right now - and in the coming months - aid organizations and those affected can use cash donations to directly finance everything that is needed on-site now.

The MORE Initiative at the JKU

If you study or work at the JKU, or even if you are not affiliated with the university, you can help support the MORE initiative! We are currently looking for mentors and people to help those in the MORE program learn and improve their German!

 

Your responsibilities:

 

As a mentor and as a student at the JKU, you can sign up to take the course "Freiwilligenarbeit im Sozialbereich. Lernen. Engagement. Verantwortung".

  • Assist students from a refugee background with everyday tasks on campus and in their studies (you should ideally be enrolled in the same degree program as the MORE student)
  • Meet with students regardless of time and location constraints (meeting on campus is also an option)
  • Earn 2, 3, or 4 ECTS credits

 

Help students learn German (students, employees, those not affiliated with the JKU)

  • Help students from a refugee background learn and improve their proficiency in German
  • Meet with students regardless of time and location constraints (meeting on campus is also an option. You could, for example, meet at the IWC between 9:00 AM and 3:00 PM)

 

Contact Petra Köppl at: lev.jku@dieziwi.at to learn more about the course and how to sign up.

Contact Carina Kobler at: borealis-more-stipendium@jku.at to learn more about the program to help with learning German.

Help for Ukraine
Volunteer Services
Worldwide Assistance Help for Afghanistan Help for Somalia Help for Syria

This is only a partial list and there are, of course, many more organizations you can be involved in.

 

If you know about any other organizations or local associations also seeking volunteers, please feel free to forward the information to us so we can add them to the list!