Dutch people who regularly attend their church or mosque are more often active as volunteers than their fellow-believers who don't attend religious services. Practicing religious Dutch are also more likely to have confidence in their fellow human beings and in civil society organizations, Statistics Netherlands reported on Friday.
Slightly more than half of Dutch young people between the ages of 15 and 25 do volunteer work, and more than half are also active in an association, according to figures from Statistics Netherlands' Social Cohesion and Wellbeing study.
Princess Beatrix participated in NLdoet - a major annual volunteer action by the Oranje Fonds - on Friday. The former Queen, prince Bernhard and princess Annette, actively helped making learning and play materials and preparing the garden for spring at children's day center Onder een Dak in Amersfoort, RTL Nieuws reports.
The day center teaches kids and teens with intellectual disabilities how to deal with daily activities.
Nearly 1,500 volunteers took to North Sea beaches throughout August, cleaning up over 20,000 kilograms of trash left in the sand. Dubbed the "Boskalis Cleanup Beach Tour," the initiative scooped up three times more garbage then last year's effort.
People with unemployment benefits may now start doing volunteer work at, for example, sport clubs or festivals, if the tasks they do there are already being done by volunteers. This will become possible in a broadening of the rules proposed by Minister Lodewijk Asscher of Social Affairs.
The Dutch Red Cross wants to set up a network of volunteers that will spring into action in case of an emergency. This specific group of volunteers must not have any other tie to the Red Cross.