During National Volunteer Week we celebrate the volunteers who make a difference and recognize individuals who are at the center of social change.
Interfaith Dialogue and Civic Engagement
Interfaith understanding is a crucial element of civic engagement and vibrant communities. It is important to engage in dialogue with those who practice faiths not your own (or none at all). We encourage you to visit others’ houses of faith, with humility and the intention to listen and learn. But before or while visiting, we encourage starting a dialogue with the house’s leadership or leading community…
Big Brothers Big Sisters needs 100-plus volunteers
It’s national mentoring month, but because of a lack of male volunteers the Kansas Big Brothers Big Sisters serving Douglas County is limiting the number of boys accepted for its mentor programs.
The Benefits Of Volunteering—And How You Can Get Started
Ramona Griego, an 81-year-old retiree, had recently lost her husband and her diabetes wasn’t getting any better. She soon developed depression and was looking for a way to improve her situation. After looking at different available options, Griego soon turned to volunteering. According to the AARP this was an excellent solution With the help of the Corporation for National and Community Service , she got involved…
Learn About Volunteer Opportunities with Mi Casa Resource Center
Want to give back to your community? Mi Casa has several volunteer opportunities available. Visit MiCasaResourceCenter.org to learn how you can help.
What It's Really Like To Be A Volunteer Escort At An Abortion Clinic
I have been a volunteer clinic escort at an independent abortion clinic in northern New Jersey for almost two years. In that time, I have been berated,...
What the Rise of Skills-Based Volunteering Means for Nonprofits
Over the past ten years, the private sector has vastly increased their…
How to Recruit More Volunteers in Less Time
Volunteer managers still list volunteer recruitment as their #1 biggest challenge. That's why VolunteerMatch created VolunteerMatch Premium.
Why a Retired Army Reserve Colonel Became a Red Cross Volunteer
Learn how retired Col. Clara Moses continues to serve her country as a Red Cross volunteer in our Service to the Armed Forces division.
Eagle Ridge Middle School student named a Minnesota Top Youth Volunteer
An eighth-grader at Eagle Ridge Middle School was one of two students named Minnesota’s top youth volunteers of 2018 by the Prudential Spirit of Community Awards, a nationwide program honoring
How one determined volunteer manager expanded her program
Decision-makers will come around to your point of view IF you take the time to educate them Here’s a proposal: how about we replace the designation of volunteer manager with one that more accurately represents what we do? For me, the clear standout replacement is this Educator. Whenever I interview a leader of volunteers for a blog post, I am struck by how our success is tied to our ability to educate board members, executive directors, co-workers, the public, about our work. And…
Volunteer who’s served 10 million meals retires from Union Gospel Mission after 61 years
After 61 years of serving meals and mentoring those in need at the Vancouver Union Gospel Mission (UGM), 82-year-old Jack Summerfield is finally ready to retire from his volunteer job.
Red Cross volunteers see how toys from Pirate Toy Fund can help in crisis
Rochester, N. Y. (WHAM) - The 13WHAM Pirate Toy Fund Drive kicked off Monday. The toy drive supplies toys to dozens of local agencies that bring comfort to children in need. This year's goal is 20,000 toys. The Red Cross is getting involved this year. Red Cross volunteer Marv Bayles helps families who have lost all of their belongings and sometimes even their homes. "It could be a fire, could be a flood, could be some sort of a major disaster which involves…
More than a third of high school seniors report they volunteer at least once a month. Between 2010 and 2014, volunteering among tenth- and twelfth-graders increased.
See how easy it is to donate your stuff at any Volunteers of America thrift store
In less than a minute, you can drop off your gently used clothes and household items and feel good that you are helping our community thrive. At any of our t...
What is it like to be a volunteer for Samaritans?
Samaritan's volunteer, Helen, tells us why people call Samaritans and what's it like providing support. Samaritans provides confidential non-judgemental emot...
What Motivates Civic Engagement?
When we talked to over 100 agencies about their goals for improving their public engagement activities, increasing participation rates came out #1. That was enough to motivate us to look into motivation. We did some research into the most important motivators for civic engagement and here is what we learned. 1. Fear It turns out …
Why Employees Engage in Volunteering
We all want to be part of something bigger than ourselves, and volunteering allows us that. For employers looking to fully engage millennials, this presents a great opportunity.
What is a Partner in Volunteerism?
At the Volunteer Center of Cedar Valley we believe business initiatives that give back to the communities in which they operate and where t...