The BVB fan and development department has been supporting the Gast-Haus homeless project for a number of years and regularly helps serve meals to those in need. BVB President Dr Reinhold Lunow showed up to lend a hand on Tuesday evening.

The "Gast-Haus statt Bank" (guest house instead of bench) initiative for the homeless in Dortmund supports the homeless and people living on the poverty line and offers them a welcoming place to stay. Since 2015, the BVB fan and development department and its volunteers have been supporting the "Uns verbindet Borussia" (Borussia connects us) working group, helping to serve food several times a year and organising cultural evenings, for example with BVB archivist Gerd Kolbe, BVB legend Wolfgang "Teddy" de Beer and journalist Gregor Schnittker. On Tuesday evening, UVB volunteers served sausages and homemade salads to those in need. Club president Dr Reinhold Lunow also lent a hand and took time to speak to people.

"I find it amazing that there are so many volunteers here and that BVB is also involved. Real work is being done here. I was also impressed by the friendliness and gratitude of the guests," says Dr Reinhold Lunow, who naturally mainly talked to the guests about Borussia Dortmund. Katrin Lauterborn, managing director of the Gast-Haus, adds: "BVB's appeal is enormous. The UVB's involvement is a welcome change for our guests."

Borussia Dortmund and its "leuchte auf" foundation have also supported the Gast-Haus in the past, including donating proceeds from the annual Christmas carol service to the centre. The BVB fan and development department's "Uns verbindet Borussia" working group focuses its projects and activities on the city and its people, demonstrating solidarity and showing how diverse and varied BVB is. The approximately 60 volunteers also regularly visit the children's hospital and retirement homes, organise the BVB Wishing Tree campaign at Christmas and are involved in remembrance work by cleaning memorial stones and organising events in memory of the footballer Julius Hirsch, who was subjected to persecution by the Nazi regime. (cr)