The 30-year journey of Ho Chi Minh City’s youth volunteer movement has seen generations of mature and committed soldiers. A number of volunteer soldiers from different eras shared their views just before arriving at yesterday’s meeting.
The fire of volunteerism will always remain in my heart
As one of the delegates attending the meeting, Mr. Nguyen Trong Hoang, CEO of Phuc Thinh Packaging Co., Ltd., said that he has participated in volunteer activities since 2001.
When he was a first-year student, Mr. Hoang was part of Ho Chi Minh City’s youth team that was helping Long An recover from the consequences of the flood.
He has participated in many roles, from being a volunteer soldier in volunteer programs and campaigns to now supporting the volunteer activities of the city’s youth.
“The skills I have gained during my years of volunteering have helped me become more mature and are now being applied to work and life,” Mr Hoang said.
Mr. Hoang brags a lot about himself. His volunteer “fortune” includes foster family and many friends who have volunteered and been close to him forever.
And their entire family is also currently “lucky” to be involved in the volunteer movement as the couple met when they both took part in the Green Summer campaign.
For Ms. Bui Thi To Nhu – Secretary of the Ho Chi Minh City Union of Commercial Cooperatives (Saigon Co-op), has been a Pink Holiday Soldier of the Saigon Co-op Union since 2011. Growing up over the years, he now takes on the role of youth leader, designing and organizing volunteer activities for the unit’s youth.
Every activity is integrated and linked to professional tasks. Specifically, the youth union proposed leaders receive professional projects and tasks for the youth to actively complete in order to contribute to the overall development of the unit.
Connecting generations of volunteers
Looking to the future, Ms. To Nu believes that the spirit and contribution of the city’s youth in recent years has been great, but due to its comprehensiveness, resources for implementation in some areas and materials are still small.
According to Ms. Nhu, in the times to come, it is necessary to identify key issues and orientations to be able to mobilize all resources to carry out large projects that will leave a strong impact on youth.
Meanwhile, Mr Truong Hoang said volunteering should ignite Generation Z’s enthusiasm and be able to go deeper.
“There are still many hard-to-reach areas in the city that really need youth volunteers, and there is a need to accompany workers and children of workers everywhere,” Mr Hoang said.
Having been involved since school days and now as a student, Mai Hai Yen, President of the Student Association of Ho Chi Minh City Personnel Academy, said that connecting generations of volunteers into one community will help spread volunteer activities further. Will get it. Also, share experiences with each other.
With personal experience, Hai Yen said that thanks to participating in the probationary team to serve the people, he and many other friends not only supported the people but also learned a lot from practice.
As for Ms Tran Thi Ha Thanh – secretary of the banking union – who has been a Green Summer soldier since her first year of university – she hopes: “The volunteer movement will spread widely and attract many young people and people to join Us.” Participate. “This will bring greater strength and create a better and better community.”
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