Community Service Programme
To facilitate the RSM community in even more ways to make change, the community service programme was set up. With it, the school is starting partnerships with ‘local heroes’ in and around Rotterdam. We hope to support our community partners by increasing their local impact. It is a way for us to put our organisational values into action. Our first community service partner is football foundation Excelsior4All. In April 2019, senior leaders at RSM attended the first voluntary activity with Excelsior4All, which launched the community service programme.
RSM has partnered with organisations that make societal impact. Take a look at the partnership criteria below to see how we have selected our partners. Are you working at a civil society organisation and looking to collaborate? Fill in this form and we will get in touch with you.
The first community service partner is football foundation Excelsior4All, based at the Excelsior Rotterdam football stadium next door to RSM. The foundation has a mission with five pillars: education, reintegration, participation in sports, safety, and leading a healthy lifestyle. Its activities are based on societal needs – particularly in low socio-economic neighbourhoods. In this way, Excelsior4All aims to contribute to the wellbeing of children and stimulate their learning capabilities.
Excelsior4All has set up initiatives such as the Excelsior Clinics, focused on health, Excelsior Schools, providing reading buddies and workshops on topics such as discrimination, and Excelsior Street League, organising neighbourhood football tournaments. The children that attend the activities are recommended by local schools. They are able to attend the activities as well as football matches free of charge. Activities available to RSM volunteers at Excelsior4All range from teaching and research to sports and outdoor activities.
Stichting Humanitas provides care, welfare and assistance for vulnerable people and the elderly in Rotterdam, Spijkenisse and Capelle aan den IJssel.
Its Community Service Programme supports two services: its HIV service department (called Bureau HIV-hulpverlening), and its project for elderly people (Ouderen project).
- The HIV service provides information and guidance to people with HIV infection or AIDS, as well as for their partners, friends, family and relatives – or anyone who feels involved or has questions about this issue.
- The Ouderen project has contact with about 300 elderly people in Rotterdam, and organises afternoon activities for them on Wednesdays and Sundays.
Around 400 volunteers run Voedselbank Rotterdam, providing food packages to 7.000 households in the Rotterdam region every week. The organisation aims to eradicate all kinds of poverty and eradicate food waste at the same time.
Stichting Jarige Job is a non-profit organisation (established by an RSM alumnus) that provides everything to celebrate a child’s birthday in a box for families that cannot afford to celebrate otherwise.
The tradition of celebrating family birthdays at home with decorations and cake, or for a child to take treats to school for classmates on their birthday is stronger in the Netherlands than in some other countries. In the Netherlands, the shame of not being able to provide a treat for classmates on a child’s birthday sometimes means the child calls in sick and doesn’t go to school at all. It’s estimated that 60,000 children in the Netherlands can’t celebrate their birthdays in the traditional way.
Every Wednesday afternoon between October and March for more than 17 years, a team of volunteers has worked to conserve the Kralingse Bos woodlands and ecosystems around the Kralingse Plas in Rotterdam. There are usually around 16 volunteers doing activities like cleaning up, cutting trees, emptying ponds, and building natural boundaries. Volunteering in the Kralingse Bos is a great way to learn about woodlands and their ecosystems.
RSM’s Community Service Programme organises its own clean-up sessions with assistance from the municipality of Rotterdam. These events aim to clean trash, litter and other messes from hotspots and target locations around the city.
Volunteers use equipment provided by the City of Rotterdam; gloves, trash bags and litter pickers. The loan of equipment is pre-arranged with the director of the district (the wijkreggiseur) and it can be collected from the Gebiedskantoor Kralingen or from Prinses Beatrixlaan 3 in Crooswijk.
- The organisation is non-commercial or a non-profit institution, foundation, or association (Public Benefit Organization (ANBI) status is an advantage).
- The organisation is visibly active in tackling one or more of the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs).
- The organisation is active in the Rotterdam region.
- Has broad support, a public character, and is accessible and visible to everyone – for example by being supported by other foundations, organisations or institutions.
- The organisation is not bound to a religious or political party.
- Preferably, projects, activities and objectives are not language sensitive so that members of the RSM community are not restricted by language requirements.
- Preferably able to accommodate both small and large groups of volunteers (ranging from 10 to 50 volunteers).