Gorlova N.I., Starovoitova L.I.
LESSONS AND MAIN ACTIVITIES OF THE RUSSIAN VOLUNTEER COMMUNITY DURING THE COVID-19 PANDEMIC
Gorlova N.I.1 (Moscow, Russian Federation) – firstname.lastname@example.org, Starovoitova L.I.2 (Moscow, Russian Federation) – email@example.com
1Plekhanov Russian University of Economics
2Medical University named after N.I. Pirogov
Abstract. The article reflects the main directions of volunteer activity during the pandemic as important components of the system of values and priorities of modern society, since the pandemic affected all social relations, institutions and every person. Adaptation to the new conditions of private life, work, education, communication not only destroyed the previously established rules, but also gave rise to new forms of volunteer practice. Volunteer activity is considered as one of the effective ways to solve socially significant tasks of the state. Currently, it is already difficult to imagine any sphere of human activity without the participation of volunteers (volunteers). The authors have identified the relevance and main directions of volunteer (volunteer) activity during the COVID-19 pandemic in Russia, highlighting innovative areas, determining the prospects for further development of volunteerism as a social phenomenon. Special attention is paid in the article to the issue of training volunteers (volunteers), related to the need for their accelerated adaptation to the conditions of the pandemic. The need for the selection and comprehensive training of volunteers was dictated by the high demand for volunteer vacancies, the desire of the organizers to get the most competent personnel provided a clear understanding of the qualities and characteristics of the candidate of each function, as well as the need to ensure safety for both volunteers and recipients of assistance. Within the framework of the problem under study, it seems important to determine how volunteers and volunteer organizations helped to solve social problems during the pandemic to citizens in need and what lessons were learned from the practice of assistance.
Keywords: volunteerism, volunteer practices, COVID-19 pandemic, altruistic behavior model, social volunteering, virtual volunteering, social activity.
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For citation: Gorlova N.I., Starovoitova L.I. Lessons and main activities of the Russian volunteer community during the СOVID-19 pandemic. CITISE, 2023, no. 1, pp. 109-120. DOI: http://doi.org/10.15350/2409-7616.2023.1.09