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For Mădălina Corciu, designated Volunteer of the Year within Petrom in 2013, it all started six years ago:
”I was introduced to this concept six years ago when the position I was holding within Petrom involved the coordination of the CSR projects covering a certain operational area. I then came in contact with the volunteers helping us in these projects who captivated me with their positive energy and lively desire to make the world we live in a better place. They instilled this state of mind to me as well and determined me to search for ways to perpetuate it.”
For Mădălina, project manager within the Exploration & Production Division of Petrom, the desire to help the others directed her towards volunteering activities, both within the company and outside. Through the social projects and events she coordinated, Mădălina convinced over 100 volunteers, friends and colleagues within Petrom to join her.
”What we do in our free time is a matter of choice and priority. We all know our own priorities and you cannot contradict someone who says he has not enough time to volunteer, in order to convince him. As long as people do not participate in a similar experience, do not experience the fulfilling sensation of volunteering, they can’t possibly put this on their priority list”, says Mădălina Corciu.
The projects in which Mădălina was involved include: „Children’s Fair”, bringing together over 200 children who had the opportunity to learn how to sell and buy at symbolic prices, and also donate or exchange toys, clothes, CDs, books and accessories; „Ploieşti in colors” involving the organization of 20 workshops in a wide range of areas, from theater, dance and cartoons, to first aid, self-defense, cooking and knitting lessons, inviting over 300 persons to participate free of charge. Last year, the Winner of the Volunteering Championship also visited a children’s home, a foster home and a neurology hospital where she engaged over 60 institutionalized children in educational activities.
What is Mădălina doing in order to instill this „state of mind” to others as well? Despite the difficulty, the most powerful way to convince people is personal example.
”Those of us who are used to this kind of activities should create the conditions for them to obtain this state of mind. They sometimes feel you, as you automatically transmit the state of fulfillment and enthusiasm, they want to feel the same and offer to participate in volunteering activities. A single experience is sufficient to realize whether these activities are suitable for them or not. For example, we had participants in our events who then replicated the events in their communities. In other cases, the parents of the children participating in an event offer to be part of the next event too, as volunteers, and help with the organization. In my opinion, the volunteer should not be convinced with logical arguments, but emotions. They will find a logic justification by themselves, later on”, explains Mădălina.
Every year, Petrom organizes an internal competition rewarding the most engaged employees in volunteering programs. In 2013, over 1.500 employees volunteered for the community and got involved in over 27 volunteering projects.
Communications Director Pro Vobis
Mădălina stands as an example of how to pass the initiative on and to inspire others. I hope she will keep her strength going forward, speak to employees about the benefits of volunteering, manage to diversify the activities employees may get involved in, together with the Petrom team, boost the numbers of those involved or interested in volunteering, and, why not, apart from short volunteering activities, initiate long-term programs where employees can be active as volunteers.
Perseverance is the key to success. Madalina has proven that, through her volunteering involvement during the last several years. Apart from the personal example, young people can be convinced to become volunteers by giving them freedom of decision when it comes to solving a certain social issue. Moreover, they must be allowed to ”feel” they are part of a community they can change for the better. They must be encouraged more to go forward in this direction.
Project Manager CSRmedia.ro