Voluntary work

Around 30 million citizens in Germany are involved in voluntary work. Especially in villages, this voluntary commitment is irreplaceable for making life attractive and jointly mastering diverse challenges. A lively club life and volunteer initiatives are important factors for villages, enhancing their attractiveness and helping prevent depopulation.

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The BMEL promotes voluntary service in the countryside

The joint project "Paid work strengthens voluntary work" of the Federal Ministry of Food and Agriculture (BMEL) and the German Association of Rural Districts (DLT – Deutscher Landkreistag) was launched in January 2020.


Recreation and culture: LandKULTUR – funding for 260 projects in rural regions

Interesting cultural activities and a wide range of possibilities for developing cultural life are important location factors for villages and municipalities. Cultural activities, just like local amenities, medical care, educational facilities, care facilities and transport infrastructure, are of vital importance for the attractiveness of rural areas as places to live and work.