“We want to do more than just work from our office – we want to help revitalize our neighbourhood in other ways, too. So if you’d like help with your renovation project, we could come work as volunteers for one day…”. Those were the first lines of the email that we sent to the guys working on the inner courtyard project Vnitroblok in the neighbourhood of our new office in Holešovice -Prague.
Despite its small size, the town of Markoušovice in Eastern Bohemia is the epicentre of many interesting community projects. Not least among them is a new and improved village green that local residents helped to design and build.
They are dedicated to helping others – often despite their own disabilities, health problems or other hardships.
Here are 2016’s seven most powerful stories of giving – the stories of this year’s Via Bona award winners.
They connect people in their communities. They create places where people of different generations or social circles can gather and meet. Simply put, they spark engagement in their communities.
Prague, 8 September 2016 – Via Foundation opened public voting today for the 19th annual Via Bona Philanthropy Awards. Via Foundation also introduced the finalists in each category selected by the jury.
It was about 1 p.m. on a summer Saturday when we arrived in Rašovice, a small village in South Moravia about 30 km from Brno. As we drove through the village we didn’t see a single person out on the street. It was in the middle of a tropical heat wave and the thermometer in the car showed 35° C (that’s 95° F). “I bet everyone’s swimming in the nearest lake,” I thought as did Anna, our photographer, who had come along to take photos of the community’s third work party.