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The “Virus” of Personal Involvement: How Volunteering Becomes Part of Corporate Culture of Company

Date of publication: 29 December 2020

The volunteering at Transneft Volga Region is getting widespread.

“Snow Maiden” Olga Potapova is positive: everyone needs to believe in miracles

Volunteering Brings People Together

Specialist of the social development division at the Volgograd Regional Oil Pipeline Directorate (RPD) of Transneft Volga Region Olga Potapova barely had time to put her foot over the threshold and change her attire of Father Christmas’s granddaughter when picking up the phone.

“We’ve just come back after visiting two shelters for homeless people,” Olga informed. “We brought them candies, tangerines, cookies, a sweet gift for everyone and wished them a Happy New Year. We believe that homeless are the most socially vulnerable group. This is why we try to give them something good, kind and positive, something wonderful, along with hope for a better future. The Snow Maiden and Father Christmas may wear masks and gloves, but the special day is here nonetheless.”

Volunteers from the Volgograd RPD focus on shelters for homeless people. Not only do they wish them a Happy New Year; they lend them a helping hand at all times - e.g. at the height of the pandemic, when masks were in short supply, they sewed and handed them these essential safety items.

Olga has been working in a Transneft subsidiary for the sixth year and believes herself to be a hereditary oil pipeliner, since her father, uncle and cousin also work here. For several years in a row, this young woman has been involved in a voluntary work. She got involved in this movement at work: Transneft announced a marathon of 25 Good Deeds dedicated to the Company’s 25th anniversary. This marathon still goes on for Olga. What’s more, the volunteering of the Volgograd RPD’s activists is getting more and more regular and goal-oriented. For three years, the Company’s young employees have set up effective collaboration with orphanages: oil transporters arranging quests, sports festivals and other events for orphans. Large families that need support are not overlooked either.

“When the lockdown was imposed, we raised money at the Company to buy food kits for multi-kid families,” says Olga. “Our team generally responds to help calls very quickly, especially when the matter regards financial aid. Not everyone may be ready to go out to a particular event, but each would donate some money. And for live support we have young employees!

Together We Can Do More

The volunteering is also in full swing in another business unit of Transneft Volga Region: the Buguruslan RPD, where they have their own leader and volunteer records manager, Olga Sylvanovich. This young woman has been working in the Transneft system for six years, but she got involved in socially relevant activities much earlier, when she chaired the City Committee for Youth Affairs. She saw how much could be done for people and nature even by a single person. And a lot more can be done with teamwork. For three years in a row, Olga has been teaching children how to paint at a Sunday school while her employees helped to purchase all the essential items: paints, albums for drawing, brushes. Olga focuses on the environmental upbringing of boys and girls as she herself is working towards her second degree in environmental studies. Volunteer actions to clean the river Bolshoi Kinel have already become a tradition. Not so long ago, young specialists from the Buguruslan RPD joined the effort of holding an online event where children of the Company’s employees and Sunday school students made postcards for doctors of the COVID Hospital towards Mother’s Day.

Olga Sylvanovich (third on the right) is a volunteer of nature

“In December, our employees got actively involved in the action “New Year Celebrations for Children”, having risen funds for children from multi-child, low-income and dysfunctional families, disabled children and kids from orphanages and asylums,” said Ms. Sylvanovich. “These gifts will be handed to children of social centres in Buguruslan, Bavly and Kinel-Cherkassy Districts. As for the kids from Aistenok, they also received invitation cards for the Flying Ship show in Buguruslan drama theatre apart from sweet gifts. I am sure these New Year celebrations will live long in the memory!

Volunteering Means Doing Something Good

The volunteering becomes everyday life for employees of the executive office and the Samara RPD. The Company’s young employees consistently participate in voluntary litter picks in parks and lakesides, planting out trees in Togliatti Forestry and Samara’s parks. Nature needs help, but 2020 was challenging for people, in the first place; this makes support from volunteers more valuable. That is why children, retirees and medical staff are the focus of their attention. Workers of the Central Production Service Shop lent a helping hand to Novokuibyshevsk veterans: volunteers purchased and delivered food kits, thus visited their honoured colleagues in self-isolation. This is what the Samara volunteers also did.

Oil pipeliners handed over protective equipment to Samara doctors.

More than 300 workers of Transneft Volga Region participated in acquiring personal protective equipment for the personnel of two medical institutions in Samara. The money raised was used to buy masks with a high level of protection, disposable gloves, skull caps and overshoes. The personal protective equipment has been handed to the personnel of Samara City Hospital No. 6 and to the first-aid station. The oil pipeliners have also provided recirculating devices for children's clinical hospital named after Ivanova, which sterilise the indoor air in people’s presence. Volunteers took care not only of personal protective equipment and equipment for medical staff; they also tried to raise the spirits of doctors working in the red zone of SamSMU by presenting gifts to them.

New Year gifts for doctors were delivered to their destination

Children were not left out, of course, as it has become a good tradition for workers of the executive office to make the Christmas dreams of orphans come true. The letters from 38 little ones from Chapayevsk written to Father Christmas got to the right people and 38 wishes came true. The gifts brought a lot of joy to kids and strengthened their faith in the good. And doing good is the underlying principle of volunteering.

Doctors in the red zone received New Year gifts.

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