The Volunteer Centre at the Faculty of Health Sciences of the Medical University of Białystok was launched in 2000 under Professor Elżbieta Krajewska-Kułak, MD, PhD, Deputy Dean of Students at the Faculty of Health Sciences of the Medical University of Białystok.
The Centre aims to promote volunteering, humanitarianism, and charity in the academic community, increase general health awareness, promote Białystok among other Polish cities by establishing volunteering cooperation, promote Podlasie as a place of open hearts sensitive to the needs of others, and promote Białystok as a good place to study.
Its activity includes organisation of auctions, lotteries, fairs, charity concerts, and drives for poor families in the academic community, mothers and children staying at the House of Mother and Child, foster children, child and adult hospices, special schools, and animal shelters.
Furthermore, the volunteer students work together with uniformed services in support of the homeless in projects such as the following: Student Wings of Help – a campaign aimed to provide assistance to people at risk of becoming homeless in the winter; Student Meetings with the Homeless – Hope: YES, Indifference – NO; Without Home, Not Without Help.
The volunteers are also involved in international campaigns of the Redemptoris Missio humanitarian foundation, including the following: Magic Pencil, Magical Glasses, and Dressing Wounds, which organise rallies for the needy in third world countries.
The Volunteer Centre also establishes and promotes positive social trends through campaigns such as Adopt a Refugee Lifejacket.
The activity of the Volunteer Centre was recognised by the Ministry of Science and Higher Education as a good practices project in scope of social responsibility of science.