SMEC Extension Committee Spearheads 1st Volunteers Gathering

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Contributed by Elvie Manalansan

Date: September 22, 2019Posted by: Marionette Martinez

Inspired by the theme, “Building a Meaningful Connection through Volunteerism,” the SMEC Extension Committee led the 1st Volunteers Gathering on 6 September 2019, 8:00 AM-4:00 PM in the Lyceum of the Philippines University, Manila. The gathering was attended by 143 volunteers composed of students, faculty, staff, and community leaders. SPU Manila sent 16 students-volunteers, accompanied by the two CDC personnel.

Speakers from the Philippine National Volunteers Service Coordinating Agency (PNVSCA) and selected SMEC member schools shared experiences on various thematic aspects of volunteerism, such as Empowerment of Community Leaders and Promoting the Identity and Self-Determination of Indigenous People, emphasizing on the importance of volunteerism in the areas of Development and Leadership.

Through the event, the participants were given the opportunity to deepen their sense of engagement in various outreach and development activities in and outside SPU Manila. Also, they had the chance to establish rapport with other participants from different SMEC member-schools.