DNA collects almost 500 applications for Volunteer Bahamas
Democratic National Alliance (DNA) Leader Branville McCartney announced yesterday that his party has acquired applications from almost 500 people for the Volunteer Bahamas initiative. He said that those applications would be given to the Ministry of Youth, Sports and Culture.
McCartney added that each of the DNA candidates, including himself, had registered to volunteer their time and talents to the initiative.
“While our challenges are great, the united will of our people is even greater… Together there is no challenge that we cannot overcome,” McCartney said. “Now is the time for us to either stand united or fall divided.”
In addition, the Ministry of Youth, Sports and Culture indicated yesterday on the initiative’s website that at least 150 volunteers have registered online so far.
The total number of volunteers that have registered have not yet been confirmed. Minister of State for Social Development Loretta Butler-Turner advised yesterday that applications submitted to her ministry and the Ministry of Youth, Sports and Culture are still being processed.
Prime Minister Hubert Ingraham announced the Volunteer Bahamas initiative in his national crime address in October, stating that the program would reduce crime and create safer nonviolent communities, through partnerships involving government, faith-based groups, community-based organizations, corporate citizens and philanthropic groups and individuals. These groups will make up a database of volunteers for organizations in need of assistance and to be a further source of assistance for those who are already volunteering.
Furthermore, the initiative seeks to provide guidelines for the training and utilization of volunteers, as well as guidelines for those volunteering their time and talents.
Volunteers will be involved in goodwill and charitable efforts, including mentoring, community service and outreach programs.