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People's Solidarity

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People's Solidarity

Type gemeinnütziger, eingetragener Verein
Founded October 17, 1945 (1945-10-17)
Key people Gunnar Winkler (president)
Area served Neue Bundesländer and Berlin (Germany)
Service(s) Charitable services
Focus(es) social welfare
Revenue 500 million (2006)
Volunteers 29,000
Employees 17,500
Members 244,000 (2011)

People's Solidarity (German: Volkssolidarität) is an organisation for elderly people in the new states of Germany, founded 1945. It was one of many important non-parliamentary mass organisations in the former socialist country, East Germany. The organisation required that members pay a "certain amount of money to support senior homes and organized cultural events for seniors."[1] Within the Politics of the German Democratic Republic, People's Solidarity "nevertheless played a key role in East German society." It had 2.15 million members as of 1988.[2]

In "Socialist Unity Party of Germany) past. Nevertheless, Volkssolidarität and the Red Cross successfully managed to democratize and establish a new image. Both organisations have become fairly established social service providers (Tangemann, 1995)."

In 2011, People's Solidarity became founding member of the Berlin Energy Table which in 2013 led to the Referendum on the recommunalization of energy supply in Berlin.


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  • Volkssolidarität (German)
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