More than 5 million volunteers assist with disaster relief each year in the U.S. and because of complications with COVID-19, less than half of that number is expected to volunteer in 2020. So what can you do now to help out? Here’s a list of 10 ways you can aid in disaster relief.
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It is during times of great need that we can do the greatest good, and hearing from those who were courageous, took a stand, and affected change can inspire us to do the same. Here are 10 quotes to renew your spirits and inspire you into action.
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VolunteerMatch was built to help strengthen communities by providing a platform for organizations in our neighborhoods working towards justice, equality, dignity, and opportunity to recruit their neighbors to their causes. For over 20 years, we have worked to build those relationships, and it’s clear that this work is more important than ever before. We know that we have a long way to go toward this vision being fully realized. We need your help in continuing the work to create a society that supports and values each of its members equally, where we are motivated and empowered to take action to actively improve the world for our fellow human beings through acts of volunteer service and mutual assistance. Here are 15 simple ways to get you started.
1. Share your support for social justice and civil rights causes and re-share what others are saying on social media.
2. Use your talents to drive change. With over 60% of volunteering opportunities identified as skills-based and opportunities in every US zip code in the VolunteerMatch Network, you can find a variety of ways to advance your knowledge and experience.
3. Educate yourself and share what you’ve learned.
4. Advocate for your employer to adopt or strengthen diversity and inclusion practices.
5. Amplify and promote underrepresented voices.
6. Create space for dialogue and exchange of information and ideas.
7. Mentor or tutor a child in need. With over 177,000 volunteers needed including 23,000 virtually, you will find a way to make a difference in a child’s life.
8. Seek to understand the history of the land you currently occupy, and become involved in local activist groups. There are over 428,000 volunteers needed with over 86,000 virtually for advocacy and human rights.
9. Advocate for creating cultural exchanges within your child’s school.
10. Volunteer at your local library. With more than 30,000 volunteers needed, you can select from a variety of options.
11. Volunteer for LGBTQIA+-related causes and organizations, where there are currently over 11,000 virtual volunteers who are needed.
12. Help to shrink the inequality gap by giving your time to combat food insecurity and homeless. More than 22,000 volunteers are needed today and food banks are doing a great job innovating to create safe ways to volunteer in-person following CDC guidance. Over 101,000 volunteers are currently needed to support people in need of safe, fair housing.
13. Contribute to your second-language proficiency.
14. Given the additional pressures of the ongoing worry about the pandemic and its impacts which are disproportionately hitting BIPOC communities, many people are having an even more difficult time than usual. Become one of the over 24,000 virtual volunteers needed to help promote mental well-being and prevent suicide.
15. Organize a group volunteering event at your workplace. Currently, there are over 465,000 volunteers needed for justice and legal and advocacy and human rights causes, including over 86,000 virtually for advocacy and human rights causes and more than 12,000 virtually for justice and legal.
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Huge strides have been made with the Supreme Court ruling this week that protects LGBTQIA+ from being fired because of their sexual orientation and gender identification. Before this decision, almost half the states lacked this legal projection.
“One big lesson from this opinion is don’t give up. You have to believe that you can change things,” said Evan Wolfson, founder of Freedom to Marry. It’s inspiring to see how individuals can come together to fight against social justice and shape a more inclusive society. And now it is the time to build on this momentum and do even more.
Topics: social justice lgbtq+
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We have seen how the recent protests around the world have awakened and impassioned a much greater segment of our population to consider the long history of injustice and racism that exists in the U.S. Additionally, the challenges surfacing from COVID-19 are creating greater needs in our communities, while nonprofits are struggling with filling volunteering roles.
Topics: covid19 accessibility
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The widening inequality gap we are witnessing as we emerge from the first wave of the coronavirus pandemic and the attention being paid to the killings of Black Americans including Ahmaud Arbery, Breonna Taylor, and, most recently, George Floyd remind us of the absolute necessity of continuing the work to create a society that supports and values each of its members equally. How can we build a society based around compassionate communities, whose members are motivated and empowered to take action to actively improve the world for their fellow human beings?
Topics: social justice advocacy equality
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Over the last several weeks, we have been devastated by the killings of Ahmaud Aubery, Breonna Taylor, and George Floyd.
These tragedies are painful reminders of the long history of injustice and racism in the U.S. that continues to tear our communities apart and leaves us living in fear of one another.
We all know there is another way — a country where we would all live as “One nation under God, indivisible, with liberty and justice for all.”
But we don’t live in that world. George Floyd did not live in that world.
Topics: social justice civil rights
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The challenges surfacing from COVID-19 are creating greater needs in our communities. Nonprofits are struggling with filling volunteering roles, while the people in our communities who need these services are growing. In fact from research we performed during the month of March, we learned that 93% of nonprofit organizations are seeing volunteer cancellations, with some losing 100% of their volunteer force.
Topics: covid19 government
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What should volunteer engagement look like as we move forward with the next phase of COVID-19 response? While things are opening back up, we are not just returning to life as it was before March.
What should we consider before inviting volunteers to return, and how can we ensure that we’re doing our best to protect our volunteers, our clients, and others in our organization?