The Association for Volunteer Services is a non-profit, non-sectarian, non-governmental organization, registered on October 18, 1999 under the number 738/m/99 through what was then the Directorate of Youth and Sports, a division of the Ministry of Education, Youth and Sports.  (It is now the Ministry of Youth and Sports.)  AVS serves as a national volunteer center – working with, and in support of, its affiliated agencies (non-governmental organizations, social service institutions, educational institutions, municipalities, government ministries, and businesses committed to corporate volunteering). Its objectives are: to promote, facilitate and improve volunteering and community service throughout Lebanon, to empower individuals with the realization that they can (and should) make a positive difference in their society through volunteering, and to bridge social barriers through encouraging the different sectors of society to work together for the good of all.