Padova European Volunteering Capital 2020

Citizenship and democratic participation

Community development


In 2013 CEV – European Volunteer Centre – launched the European Volunteering Capital competition to promote and develop volunteering at the local level by giving recognition to municipalities that support and strengthen partnerships with volunteer centres and volunteer, involving organisations and celebrate and promote volunteering and the impact made by volunteers.
The award is chosen from the applicant municipalities by an international jury of experts who assess the extent to which the recommendations as listed in P.A.V.E. and the “5R” policy priorities as identified in the P.A.V.E. 5 year review Helping Hands, are shown to be implemented. How the European Solidarity Corps will be supported and promoted is also part of the criteria.
Padova won the title for the year 2020.
We have planned our project as a three-year period (2019-2021) made up of thought, meetings, comparisons, projects, exchanges and relations – to offer the opportunity to redefine and rewrite the way of living together in the city, and design a future scenario with the active involvement all social actors.
2019 represented the Kick-off of the project in which we have developed ideas, strengthened relationships and made the recognition of European Volunteering Capital known to the widest possible public.
7 areas worth exploring have been identified; the themes discussed in these 7 areas were related to some of the Sustainable Development Goals (SDG) developed by the UN. These 7 areas and the related thematic tables, involving representatives of the Third Sector, Institutions, economic categories, Universities, research and training agencies, trade unions and the media at local and national level, guided the creation and development of the schedule for the whole year 2020.
2020 was suposed to be the year of events and celebrations and 2021 the year in which collect and capitalize datas, experiences, networks of contacts and contents gathered in 2019 and 2020 to inspire new projects and make it clear that the “period after” the EV Capital year was the right time to create the future that we imagined in the present.
Of course the pandemic in 2020 have changed all our plans.

Service centres for volunteering of Padova and Municipality of Padova

The Volunteer Service Centers are provided for by the Code of the Third Sector - Law 117/2017, after having been established by Law 266/91, Framework Law on Volunteering.
Law 117/2017 specifies in art. 63 that the CSVs have the task of "organizing, managing and providing technical support services, training and information, promoting and strengthening the presence and role of volunteers in the bodies of the Third Sector (...) with particular regard to voluntary organizations (...)".
To this end, they provide their services in the form of services in favor of associations and organizations of the third sector.
The services offered are promotion, guidance and territorial animation, training, information and communication, research and documentation, consulting, solidarity projects, technical and logistical support.
The Volunteer Service Center of Padua is managed since 2004 by the association Centro Servizi Padova Solidale.


Via Gradenigo 10, 35131 Padova - Italy

In our plan, being the EVCapital was a great opportunity to represent and involve the world of volunteering and civil engagement on a European level. The challenge was to transform Padua into a city-laboratory where all the social components would work together to attract ideas, activate projects and start long-lasting processes and experiences in order to create positive effects on Padova, Veneto, Italy and Europe.

Being the EVCapital in the year of the pandemic, even if at the beginning was disappointing because we had to revise our plans, gave us the possibility to trasform our intentions into actions.
Thanks to the contacts and networks created, we have been able to activate the aid machine in just a few days. 1700 people offered themselves to volunteer. We managed to help elderly people and peole in social and economical needs bringing them masks, food vouchers, shopping bags, and other various types of aids. In the light of these results, we have filled our title of European Volunteer Capital with a much greater sense.

Roles of the volunteers


Planned the project

Managed the project

Have been involved in the implementation

Own funding

You can find pictures and testimonials of what has been done, and is still being done in the frame of Padova EVCapital 2020 at the facebook page:

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Quality Standards of project with volunteers

I declare that my project meets all the quality requirements here listed

  • There are clear, planned outcomes for the local community based on identified needs.
  • Volunteers bring added value to the project and don’t replace paid staff.
  • Volunteers are recruited, trained and managed according to the quality volunteer management cycle.
  • The conditions of the opportunity are inline with the relevant legal framework in the country/ region concerned. Eg regarding insurance, expenses payments, agreements/contracts etc.
  • The volunteers are celebrated and thanked for their time and commitment.


  • The organization providing the volunteer opportunity demonstrates an inclusive approach. Volunteers from all backgrounds and situations are welcome.


  • There is the opportunity for the learning acquired through volunteering to be validated, if the volunteer desires it.