Belgrade, November 3rd and 6th – Traditional 12th Our Belgrade volunteering action that brings together teams of volunteers from socially responsible companies started in November with the ForOurBelgraders activity. Managers from companies and representatives of embassies and CSOs cooked the meals for the most vulnerable citizens in Belgrade.On Friday, November 6th, U.S. Ambassador to Serbia, Mr. Antony Godfrey and Rebeca Fabrizi, Deputy Head Mission at British Embassy in Belgrade, joined a group of volunteers from members of Responsible Business Forum (Coca Cola, OTP Bank Srbija, Vojvodjanska Banka, Delta Holding, Banca Intesa etc.), British Embassy in Belgrade and the Coalition for Giving. Meals were prepared and distributed to beneficiaries of ADRA and Liceulice, who live and work on street, as a wider campaign of the Coalition for Giving whose one of the goals to increase food donations in Serbia for the people in need. In order to achieve this, changes in food safety regulations, date marking regulations and VAT taxation are needed and the Coalition for Giving works within the Philanthropy Council of the Prime Minister to solve those legal obstacles.
This year Our Belgrade consisted of the set of activities including organized food collection in companies during November, the humanitarian action of meal preparation by CEOs and volunteers and expert volunteering in order to additionally support and equip CSOs with knowledge and skills for their better resilience.
Our Belgrade 2020 is organized within the Framework for Giving project by Responsible Business Forum and Smart Kolektiv. The Framework for Giving project is implemented by the Coalition for Giving lead by the Ana and Vlade Divac Foundation. Other Coalition members are the Trag Foundation, Catalyst Balkans, SMART Kolektiv, the Serbian Philanthropy Forum, the Responsible Business Forum, and the Chamber of Commerce and Industry of Serbia.