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Volunteers earn privilege with service records

SHANGHAI-REGISTERED volunteers may enjoy some privilege in employment, school admission and even discount tickets to cultural facilities if they show a good record of services, civil affairs authorities said today.
Information about a volunteer's service time, programs, training and service quality rated by service recipients will be recorded in an online database and stored in the volunteer's card. It can be printed out whenever it is needed.
Government organizations and enterprises are encouraged to give preference to volunteers with good records. Museums, sports venues, parks and tourist destinations are also encouraged to allow them free admission or discounted tickets, according to a circular from the Ministry of Civil Affairs.
"We hope the good will, loving heart and sacrifice of volunteers are well appreciated through this initiative, which is not compulsory," said Zhou Wen, deputy director of the Shanghai Community Service Center.
Expat volunteers can have their information recorded and enjoy the privilege as well if they register online at websites like and obtain the volunteer card at their neighborhood committees.
The trial program is being carried out in some communities in Minhang, Xuhui and Pudong districts and by some social welfare organizations. The Ministry of Civil Affairs will assess the results of the trial at the end of next year and decide how to introduce it on a big scale.
Volunteers whose service time reached certain benchmark like 100 hours, 300 hours and 1,500 hours can apply for the "Star Volunteer" title.


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