Xincheng: A town with more than 130 volunteer teams
Xincheng town in Jiaxing is home to more than 130 volunteer teams. [Photo/WeChat account: jxfabu]
Xincheng town, which is located in the Xiuzhou District of Jiaxing city, in East China's Zhejiang province, has a well-established reputation for its thriving volunteer social services, local media reported on March 4.
In 2014, Xincheng became the only town in China to pilot community governance and service innovation, which drew the attention of professional social worker Dong Yuanyuan.
"I always have had a dream about public welfare and when I came to Xincheng, I believed my dream would come true," Dong said.
Introducing a professional social worker team to participate in social governance is an advanced measure taken by Xincheng.
Dong noted that although public social service is quite a novel concept for Xincheng's residents, all of them sincerely hope their hometown will develop better and that a solid foundation will be created for its public welfare establishments.
With the unremitting efforts of Dong and her social worker team, more and more local residents are inspired to play an active role in community governance.
Dong has also made full use of the social workers' skills in project development, resource matchmaking and professional tutoring to help more han 30 public welfare organizations, organize the first town-level venture capital competition in Jiaxing and launch crowdfunding for public welfare projects.
Xincheng now is home to more than 130 volunteer teams and to date, more than 13,000 volunteer services have been offered by 89,000 local residents in the town, making voluntary social services one of Xincheng's most well-known namecards.