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The National Centre for Volunteers should be in operation by early next year.
Winsome Wilkens, Chief Executive Officer (CEO) of the Council for Voluntary Social Services (CVSS), made the announcement at the International Volunteer Day awards ceremony for the parish of Kingston on December 5 at the Jamaica Pegasus.
The centre, which has been constructed at 2D Camp Road in Kingston, is currently undergoing finishing touches, the CEO disclosed to JIS News. “We are getting the fencing and grilling done and also we are putting in the furniture. We expect that the centre will become operational in the first quarter of next year,” she informed.
The creation of the centre was made possible through grant funds totalling $13.1 million from the Jamaica Social Investment Fund (JSIF) and the European Union.
“This centre will be the focal point for all volunteer activities, including where we will conduct volunteer training. It will also house the resource and documentation centre and will also be the home of the National Registry of Volunteers,” she noted.
Jamaica has some 9000 persons registered with the National Registry of Volunteers. A substantial number of these volunteers will participate in the upcoming ICC Cricket World Cup 2007.