SZ boasts 1.86m registered volunteers

Writer: Zhang Yu  |  Editor: Jane Chen  |  From: Shenzhen Daily  |  Updated: 2020-08-25

This year marks the 40th anniversary of the Shenzhen Special Economic Zone. To mark the occasion, we are publishing a series of reports celebrating the city's achievements in different aspects over the past four decades.

Shenzhen had 1.86 million registered volunteers as of June 2020, which accounted for 13.8 percent of the city's permanent residents, according to Shenzhen Economic Daily.

Among the registered volunteers, 18.8 percent are students in school, 26.3 percent are from Party and government organs and social organizations, and 33.1 percent are enterprise employees.

There are 11,000 volunteer groups in Shenzhen, with an average of 9.6 million volunteers participating in volunteer service every year, official data showed.

Shenzhen took the lead in exploring volunteer service in 1989. In 2017, the Shenzhen Municipal Committee of the Chinese Communist Youth League proposed to promote the construction of a "City of Volunteers."

By the end of 2017, the number of registered volunteers in Shenzhen reached 1.58 million, quadrupling that in 2011 and accounting for 13 percent of the permanent residents. In August 2019, there were 1.75 million registered volunteers in the city.

Since 2017, Shenzhen has encouraged volunteers to participate in water pollution control. In 2020, volunteers in Shenzhen continue to play an active role in water pollution control, food and drug safety supervision and publicity, as well as public security governance.