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“Feeding others feeds my soul” Pajaro Valley Loaves and Fishes

By Darcy Hughes on July 8, 2022

An interview with Rozene Pieri Enloe, a Community and Volunteer Outreach Coordinator with Pajaro Valley Loaves and Fishes— a community-based organization dedicated to alleviating hunger in Santa Cruz County, California.

  • 40% of those served by Loaves and Fishes are children
  • Homelessness in Santa Cruz County is 5x the national average
  • With only four full-time staff members, the nonprofit relies on volunteers
Topics: Stories from the Field
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The Road To Good

By Darcy Hughes on July 1, 2022

Compassion fatigue. We all know what it is, even if you haven’t heard the term before. The 24-hour news cycle brings, seemingly every day, previously unfathomable stories of devastation and destruction. Our hearts and minds were not made for it. The natural impulse to care can become exhausting.

Topics: inspiration
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How to Volunteer: 5 Simple Steps to Finding Meaning & Making a Difference

By Elysia Gabe on May 31, 2022

Volunteering might evoke images of soup kitchens, beach cleanups and fundraising galas. But the truth is, there are a whole lot more ways to volunteer! So many, in fact, that it can feel overwhelming when you're just getting started. VolunteerMatch alone is home to 100s of 1000s of different ways to get involved!

Topics: inspiration
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9 Quotes To Inspire Your Volunteers (And Yourself!)

By Tess Srebro on May 26, 2022

Guest post by Lesley J. Vos

Even the most devoted volunteers experience a lack of inspiration and motivation from time to time.

As a volunteer leader, it’s you who can change this. You can encourage your volunteers, engage and motivate them to grow, and become a source of inspiration!

Topics: inspiration
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Watch The Color of Care and Take Action

By Darcy Hughes on May 5, 2022

The Color of Care, from executive producer Oprah Winfrey, takes a hard look at the origins and ongoing disparities of embedded racism in our healthcare system. This timely documentary interweaves history, data and testimony from those who lost loved ones to COVID-19 and frontline medical workers in overwhelmed hospitals.

Topics: social justice civil rights advocacy
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Webinar Design Session on Solving the Retention Problem

By Jennifer Bennett on May 4, 2022

Last month we held our first ever Webinar Design Session: Solving the Retention Problem. I want to thank everyone who attended and participated — it was a really dynamic conversation! You can learn more about the question that started all of this, some of the existing challenges with retention, and my thoughts here

Topics: virtual volunteering nonprofit resources Ask Jennifer
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Growing Together: Welcoming Jude O'Reilley, Incoming CEO

By Robert Savage, Board Chair on April 20, 2022

Our theme for National Volunteer Week 2022 is Let's Grow Something Together.  We want to thank all of our supporters— from volunteers to nonprofits, donors and funders to corporate folks stepping up to the social impact plate.  Each and every one of you have been part of our 24 year journey, which recently met a milestone of reaching 17 Million volunteer connections!  YOU are a part of all that good.

Topics: press release
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4 Reasons that Volunteering is Good for You: Thoughts on Service from Incoming VolunteerMatch CEO

By Jude O'Reilley on April 20, 2022

In April 2020 in an act of sheer desperation, I googled “San Jose Volunteering COVID-19.” I had been living in isolation in my house a full thirty days—thirty days—likely the longest I’d been in one place since I was 3 years old. I felt cut-off from my work team, which was scattering to the wind as COVID-19 raged in their hometowns around the world. 

Topics: inspiration advocacy National Volunteer Week
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Ask Jennifer: Questions from the Field

By Jennifer Bennett on April 5, 2022

Hi Jennifer-

I just listened to your excellent webinar, “The New Volunteer Managers Toolkit.” I am a retiring psychologist and have decided I’d like to focus some of my time and energy on volunteer retention. I’m not yet sure how to narrow the field, but I learned so much from your webinar and you sounded so receptive and encouraging, so I thought maybe I’d start by contacting you.

Topics: volunteer engagement Ask Jennifer
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Hire Heroes USA: Capacity Building During a Pandemic

By Guest Contributer on March 30, 2022

Michele Wiesner is the Director of Capacity Building at Hire Heroes USA, a national nonprofit empowering U.S. military members, veterans and spouses to succeed in the civilian workforce. Her work focuses on supporting service delivery through partners and stakeholders to increase organizational reach, effectiveness and efficiency.

Topics: virtual volunteering nonprofit resources inspiration