The Civil Society is the social space between the individual and the state. In this space we act to realize a wide variety of visions. In this space different associations seek to promote social change, to provide social and cultural needs and to address challenges posed by contemporary social reality.
Constructing this space so as to ensure and further participation, solidarity, tolerance, social mobility, basic human rights and honesty is a goal that can contribute to the general welfare of all members of society.
The different associations that constitute the civil society - the non-government associations that are generally not-for-profit as well as the different volunteer organizations - all play an essential role within that space.
The Israeli society is facing a complex set of challenges. In light of the conditions of contemporary reality, the civil society organizations are called upon to play an even greater role.
The purpose of the Civil Society in
Haifa - Volunteers
project is to address some of the difficulties faced by these organizations and by the people who need the services these organizations offer. At the core of the project is the creation of a web-accessed database of all the civil society organization in Haifa and its vicinity. The database includes information about each organization, including the organization's need for volunteers. People who wish to volunteer can thus find a place to volunteer. People who require the services of the organizations can search for the relevant organizations. Organizations can search and find neighboring organizations with which to network.
Our hope is that this database will
improve the accessibility of the public in need to the organizations
that address those needs. This site is thus designed to build a
public platform or an arena that enables every organization
to inform the public and other active organizations of its
existence, objectives and activities. This platform also helps the
organizations reach potential donors and volunteers. Through the
site’s database different organizations can easily find and contact
one another to coordinate their activities. The database also
allows us to understand better the existing organizations -- to
perform academic research -- and to indentify what we can do more in
order to address specific needs currently unaddressed by the
The site is open to the public and does not require any admission fees. The information in the site is both in Hebrew and English, so as to enable access for English speakers as well. The data in the site is organized using categories that comply with international standards developed by international research Institutions (for more information see The Center for Civil Society Studies of the Johns Hopkins Institute for Policy Studies).
This project is the initiative of different institutions and organizations that joined forces. Among these are the University of Haifa, Haifa Municipality, Council for Voluntarism Haifa and the Haifa-Boston Connection.
The site is non-governmental. It
This site is the culmination of hours of hard
work, most of it done by volunteers.
The site was built and designed, voluntarily, by Yotam Vered .