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Access to Volunteering is Essential for a Freer Society

By Laura Plato on Jul 6, 2020

It’s been startling to read recently that the inequality gap that has existed in our country since well before the COVID-19 pandemic began is actually growing more rapidly today.

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15 Ways To Support Social Justice & Civil Rights

By Ben Chutz on Jun 25, 2020

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.


Topics: skills-based volunteering civil rights corporate volunteering advocacy equality
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Social Justice For LGBTQIA+, Be Inspired To Continue The Fight

By Erin Halley on Jun 17, 2020

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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Mobilizing Volunteers To Combat Societal Challenges

By Laura Plato on Jun 11, 2020

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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Inequality Is Increasing. What Can You Do?

By Erin Halley on Jun 10, 2020

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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Standing For Justice And Service

By Greg Baldwin on Jun 3, 2020

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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Government Collaboration Key To Closing Volunteer Gap

By Laura Plato on May 27, 2020

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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4 Ways To Prepare Your Nonprofit For Reopening

By Jennifer Bennett on May 27, 2020

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?

Topics: covid19 nonprofit resources volunteer engagement
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Be Inspired By Those Fighting Hunger

By Erin Halley on May 21, 2020

There has been an increase in overall demand for food from Food Banks across the U.S. because of COVID-19. It’s amazing to see our communities: individuals, businesses, governments, and nonprofit organizations come together to support the people in need.

It shows that if we collaborate and work together, we can make a significant difference in fighting hunger in our communities.

Here are some inspiring ways people are working together to combat this growing challenge.

Topics: covid19 food insecurity csr food banks
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4 Ways To Make A Difference Now

By Erin Halley on May 14, 2020

COVID-19 has dramatically changed our lives, and many of us are feeling less connected to others. But, even as we learn to navigate these changes, it’s also empowering to see so many public illustrations of how we are connected — and that, when we each take actions towards helping our communities, and work together, we can make huge strides in combating these larger societal challenges.

Topics: covid19 virtual volunteering
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How To Meet Surging Demand At Food Banks

By Laura Plato on May 6, 2020

Demand is up. Supply is down. How can you help beat food insecurity and hunger during COVID-19?

Topics: covid19 food insecurity food banks
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This #GivingTuesdayNow, Feel The Power Of Giving

By Darcy Hughes on May 4, 2020

May 5, 2020, is #GivingTuesdayNow, a new global day of unity meant to encourage generosity, citizen engagement, and support for nonprofits around the world.

Topics: covid19 virtual volunteering skills-based volunteering
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3 Ways To Maximize Social Impact In May

By Erin Halley on Apr 30, 2020

COVID-19 has dramatically changed our lives in every way. As you are learning new ways of doing things, you may be seeking out more inspiration, wanting to celebrate what you and your teams have accomplished, or looking for ways to navigate in this new environment.

So how can you do this and connect with others virtually and learn from each other? Here are 3 ways you can be inspired, grow, and learn in May. 

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Celebrating 22 Years Of You, The Helpers

By Laura Plato on Apr 25, 2020

What an exciting week of activities it has been to honor all of our helpers in celebration of National Volunteering Week!

To all who participated as guests on our panels and in our events, to all of you who shared stories, asked questions, and helped amplify our message, a huge, heartfelt THANK YOU.

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VolunteerMatch Launches #WeHeartHelpers in Honor of National Volunteer Week

By Erin Halley on Apr 21, 2020

VolunteerMatch is excited to announce a week’s worth of activities to honor volunteers in celebration of National Volunteer Week April 19-25.

In an era of social distancing, VolunteerMatch is leveraging its website and social media channels to highlight helpers who are the heart and soul of our communities.

Topics: covid19 press release
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93% of Volunteering Cancelled. How Can Your Website Help?

By Laura Plato on Apr 7, 2020


Turn Your Website into a Volunteer Action Hub.

At VolunteerMatch, we are continuing to look at ways to serve communities and nonprofits during this challenging time. Our approach has been to listen to all our stakeholders — volunteers, nonprofit and business leaders, government representatives, and anyone who plays a role in supporting the impact ecosystem.

Topics: covid19
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Volunteering Study Reveals Fears of Illness, Along with Optimism and Innovation

By Darcy Hughes on Apr 7, 2020

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Every Website Can Now Be a COVID-19 Volunteering Outpost

By Erin Halley on Apr 2, 2020

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How VolunteerMatch Is Responding To The COVID-19 Emergency

By Laura Plato on Mar 27, 2020

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VolunteerMatch Launches COVID-19 Portal to Mobilize Volunteers, Support Nonprofits During Coronavirus

By VolunteerMatch on Mar 26, 2020

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How to Tap into the Power of Virtual Volunteers

By Jennifer Bennett on Mar 26, 2020

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How to Cope With Volunteer Burnout

By Erin Halley on Mar 13, 2020

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4 Ways to Shape Your Volunteering in Uncertain Times

By Laura Plato on Mar 6, 2020

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Bigger Impact at Work Means More Engaged Employees and Loyal Customers

By Erin Halley on Feb 27, 2020

Technology helps us to be faster and do more, but how does it impact us? When it comes to doing good in your communities, it acts a powerful force and can also create a challenge. We have so many demands put on us within our daily lives. It makes it hard to find the time to do everything we want to do. 

With 90% of people saying they want to volunteer, the desire is there, but it’s the how that is the biggest obstacle. In 2018, only 30% of us volunteered through an organization. That means that 60% who said they wanted to get involved aren’t doing it. 

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Groupon Leaps into Local Communities -- New York City Ranks #1 for Most Opportunity to Do Good on Leap Day 2020

By Alicia Koch and Dana Van Duerm on Feb 19, 2020

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3 Surprising Reasons People Refuse to Volunteer

By Laura Plato on Feb 19, 2020

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Make Volunteering a Habit

By Erin Halley on Jan 30, 2020

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The Time is Now to do Good for Others… and Yourself

By Laura Plato on Jan 24, 2020

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Does Volunteering Help You Live Longer?

By Erin Halley on Jan 23, 2020

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Go Beyond Your Organization to Strengthen Your Communities

By Erin Halley on Jan 22, 2020

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How collaborative innovation can spark a volunteer movement

By Laura Plato on Jan 21, 2020

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MLK Day: One Day Can Inspire a Life of Service

By Laura Plato on Jan 20, 2020

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Stop Dictating How Your Employees Volunteer

By Tess Srebro on Jan 16, 2020

What if I told you that I know the reason a full 33% of your employees don’t participate in your giving and volunteering program?

You’d act quickly to remedy that barrier right?

Well, thanks to America’s Charities Snapshot 2017 Report, we do know the reason. And for many companies, it’s not that hard to remedy.

According to the report, 1/3 of employees won’t give through their workplace because they’re not able to choose the causes that matter to them.

The report elaborates further:

Topics: corporate volunteering
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Struggling with Employee Engagement? How Corporate Volunteerism Can Help

By Sonia Nzongo on Nov 20, 2019

Consistently engaging your employees can be tough so if you’re struggling to get your team focused and prioritized, you’re not alone. It’s actually an issue all across the country. 2018 Gallup statistics reveal only 34% of American workers felt engaged in their work, with 53% feeling no connection to their work or workplace. And with the changing workforce landscape, it’s becoming increasingly clear that new tactics are needed to ensure employees are productive, and subsequently care about their output. 

Topics: csr
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5 Ways To Help Communities Affected By Hurricanes (And Other Natural Disasters)

By Elysia Gabe on Sep 3, 2019

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Updated Sept. 03, 2019 for relevancy.

These past years’ hurricane seasons have been extraordinarily active and destructive across parts of the U.S. If you’ve followed coverage of Hurricane Florence and of Hurricane Michael, you’re well aware of the dangers they’ve brought, including life-threatening storm surges, catastrophic flooding and historic rainfall. We are now following coverage of Hurricane Dorian, which has reportedly caused devastating damage in the Bahamas, Florida and the Carolinas’ coasts.

Topics: disaster relief
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How Volunteering Gives You An Edge In The Job Market

By Elysia Gabe on Jun 4, 2019

Guest post by Miles Maftean.

You’re passionate about a cause. It’s what inspired you to start volunteering.You wanted to be involved, join a community and make an impact.

But did you know volunteering gives you an edge in the job market too?

Topics: skills-based volunteering
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Those Adjectives That Turn Off Prospective Volunteers

By Elysia Gabe on May 28, 2019

Guest post by Meridian Swift. This post originally appeared on volunteerplaintalk

Everywhere you look, you see volunteer recruitment ads that begin with “Energetic Volunteer Wanted.” Or “Caring volunteer.” Or even “Friendly volunteer.” Maybe “Enthusiastic,” “Flexible,” or “Compassionate” appears. But does “Detail-Oriented” really float your boat? Does “Organized volunteer” send you running in to help sort an organization out of their accounting mess?

The point is, how can a volunteer be enthusiastic about a role they haven’t yet undertaken? And what does flexible indicate? That a volunteer will be called at 3 am? Or that they have to drive 50 miles just to participate?

Topics: nonprofit resources
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How To Recognize And Avoid Volunteer Burnout

By Kayla Mathews on Mar 14, 2019

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Guest post by Kayla Matthews.

Volunteers are often the lifeblood for nonprofits, especially when those organizations are understaffed and overworked.

But what happens when those volunteers become disheartened and no longer enjoy the work they do? They might be suffering from burnout, and you need to take action before it’s too late.

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Get Inspired with these 15 Employee Volunteer Programs

By Basil Sadiq on Feb 26, 2019

You can’t walk a second in the corporate social responsibility (CSR) landscape without running into a company aligned with a cause or purpose. With socially-conscious millennials making up the largest generation in the U.S. workforce, many organizations are adapting to the call for cause-based missions.

Topics: csr
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7 Ways To Volunteer On Valentine’s Day & Beyond

By Elysia Gabe on Feb 8, 2019

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Valentine’s Day is the one day of the year we come together and celebrate love. But there’s a lot more to love than what’s typically associated with the holiday – bouquets of red roses, heart-shaped boxes of chocolate, cards from secret admirers and so on.

Love is about understanding, compassion and joy. It’s about kindness and generosity. And about giving in to something greater than yourself. In many ways, volunteers embody all of these qualities. That’s why we’re highlighting 7 ways to volunteer and put that love into action.

Topics: inspiration
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Can We Reject A Volunteer? [Part One]

By Basil Sadiq on Dec 11, 2018

Guest post by Meridian Swift. This post originally appeared on Volunteer Plain Talk.

We need volunteers. We say as much, in ads, to staff, to other volunteers and to the woman behind us in line as the barista makes our coffee. So, how can we justify rejecting anyone who steps forward and raises their hand? Because, as much as we want every person who even mutters the word “volunteering” to succeed, we need volunteers who will make a positive impact on our missions.

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4 Reasons Every Teen Should Volunteer

By Elysia Gabe on Nov 28, 2018

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Guest post by Warren Fowler. 

Volunteering is often thought of as a selfless act — one where you give up your time for a worthy cause without being paid. While this may be true, what is often less obvious are the many benefits people experience when they volunteer.

Topics: inspiration
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The Best Days And Times To Recruit Volunteers

By Elysia Gabe on Sep 26, 2018

You worked really hard to craft the perfect volunteer appeal, but what’s next? When’s the best day or time to publish your opportunity on VolunteerMatch to ensure it gains the most traction? After all, you want to make sure you’re casting your line while volunteers are searching!

Topics: nonprofit resources
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5 Strategies For Effectively Communicating With Volunteers

By Elysia Gabe on Sep 5, 2018

Guest post by Shaunak Wanikar.

Volunteers are the heart of your organization. Are you spending as much time communicating with them as you should be?

Unfortunately, many organizations fail to communicate effectively with their volunteers for a variety of reasons. For example, they may not provide enough time and space for one-on-one interactions or they don’t have any proper mechanisms in place to receive feedback. Poor communication leaves your organization at risk for increased misunderstandings, unhappy volunteers, and volunteer attrition. It might even deter some volunteers from getting involved at all!

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7 Reward Systems For Recognizing Your Volunteers

By Kayla Mathews on Aug 28, 2018

Making change happen requires a large network of people working together to get the job done. It takes a big team to accomplish your organization’s goals, and while your employees contribute valuable mission-driven work every day, so do your volunteers!

Topics: volunteer engagement
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How To Recruit Volunteers Using Social Media

By Elysia Gabe on Aug 23, 2018

Guest post by Jade Anderson.

As the popularity of social media continues to rise with no sign of slowing down, the ways it can be used have increased dramatically. It is no longer simply a means to stay connected with friends and families. Now, social media is a news resource, a way of promoting products and services, a fundraising platform, and even a recruitment tool. If you run a nonprofit, you can use social media to attract and engage volunteers. In fact, every follower is a potential volunteer. Follow these tips to recruit individuals who are as passionate about your cause as you are.

Topics: volunteer engagement
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10 Ways To Volunteer From Home

By Basil Sadiq on Jun 18, 2018

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Guest post by Sarah McKinney

Looking for ways to support young people that don’t pose transportation or scheduling hassles? We’ve got you covered. Here are 10 ways to volunteer virtually while using your experience and wisdom to help kids thrive.

Topics: virtual volunteering
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Eight Popular Background Checks For Volunteer Organizations

By Basil Sadiq on Jun 7, 2018

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Guest post by Verified Volunteers. This post originally appeared on Verified Volunteers’ blog.

Verified Volunteers’ “Volunteer Screening Trends and Best Practices Report: 2018” offers insights into the current state of volunteer programs, from current screening practices to challenges to be overcome. The report is based on a nationwide survey conducted on individuals who are involved in running volunteer programs to better understand their background screening needs and processes. The 967 survey responders represented a wide range of organizations including social and human services, education, healthcare, religious and youth development groups. Responders were mostly volunteer managers and program managers and directors whose organizations rely heavily on unpaid volunteers.

Topics: nonprofit resources
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8 Strategies For Creating A More Inclusive Volunteer Program

By Basil Sadiq on Apr 26, 2018

Guest post by Lisa Joyslin

Many organizations struggle to engage volunteers who reflect the racial and ethnic diversity of the communities they serve. In response to this issue, the Minnesota Association for Volunteer Administration (MAVA) recently embarked on a research study which resulted in a set of eight strategies for creating a more inclusive volunteer program within nonprofit and government organizations. These strategies serve as a starting point for volunteer engagement leaders seeking concrete next steps for better engaging volunteers from diverse and immigrant communities.

Topics: nonprofit resources
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Writing The Perfect, Targeted Volunteer Opportunity

By Basil Sadiq on Mar 20, 2018

By Apakshit Sachdeva and Basil Sadiq

Today, nearly 120,000 organizations are looking for volunteers on VolunteerMatch. With more than seven million volunteers registered, the good news there’s plenty of talent to go around.

Before you post a volunteer opportunity, however, it’s important to identify your department or program’s needs. Once you do, it’s time to write your volunteer opportunity, or appeal. Think of this as your organization’s cover letter.

Topics: volunteer engagement
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Box’s Culture of Engagement Gets a Boost with the VolunteerMatch Network

By Tess Srebro on Mar 7, 2018

Volunteerism has long been an integral part of Box’s epic corporate culture. The technology company, based out of Redwood City, CA, wanted the process of finding and signing up for volunteer opportunities to be as easy as possible for their employees.

With VolunteerMatch’s Network Subscription, they were able to consolidate their giving platforms and incorporate thousands of searchable, real-time volunteer opportunities.

Topics: csr
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5 Ideas to Encourage Your Employees to Volunteer

By Basil Sadiq on Mar 7, 2018

Guest post by Kenneth Waldman

Getting your employees to volunteer can be a challenging task. However, it can provide your company and your employees with many benefits that aren’t obvious right away. Employees may see volunteering as something that cuts into their time — either on or off work. In reality, volunteering represents a way of giving back to one’s community while strengthening relationships and building new skills, all of which ultimately improves the workplace and boosts employee engagement and retention.

Topics: inspiration
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Driving Social Sustainability through Volunteerism

By Basil Sadiq on Sep 19, 2017

Guest post by Jerome Tennille

Conducting operations while not depleting the resources these operations depend on is the pinnacle of any company pursuing sustainability. With countless factors to consider when tackling environmental or economically sustainable initiatives, many companies struggle to find a starting point. Some even quit before they begin.

Topics: corporate volunteering
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How To Conduct Effective Volunteer Meetings

By Basil Sadiq on Sep 15, 2017

Guest post by Apakshit Sachdeva

“Volunteers are the only human beings on the face of the earth who reflect this nation’s compassion, unselfish caring, patience, and just plain loving one another.”—Erma Bombeck

In today’s world, volunteerism serves as a hope for restoring the virtues of compassion, empathy, and community-building. Since volunteers are such a rare and admirable resource for achieving peace and well-being, it’s imperative that nonprofits know how to utilize their potential to the fullest.

Topics: volunteer engagement
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Career Development Planning For Volunteers

By Elysia Gabe on Jul 8, 2017

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Guest Blogger: Kayla Mathews

Many people, especially those from lower socioeconomic backgrounds, often don’t have access to professional development resources, the ones that spur careers and help you achieve personal goals. In fact, 36 million Americans lack even basic work skills, making it challenging to find meaningful employment.

Topics: skills-based volunteering
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Volunteer Interviews: 5 Tips For Sharing Your Motivation

By Basil Sadiq on Jun 28, 2017

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Whether through a job interview, a business deal, or simply a first interaction, you may have noticed: the first impression always counts. When talking specifically about volunteer interviews, there’s one important trait that will always impress: your motivation.

Topics: volunteer engagement
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Why Employee Volunteering Is About More Than Team-Building

By Tess Srebro on May 16, 2017

Team-building is a great reason to volunteer. Employees who volunteer together have the opportunity to form closer bonds. At larger companies, a corporate volunteer event might be an employees’ first interaction with a co-worker from a different team or department.

But that’s only part of the equation.

Topics: corporate volunteering
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How To Build A Stellar Fundraising Committee & Volunteer Team

By Basil Sadiq on May 13, 2017

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Guest post by Zach Hagopian

Organizing your own fundraising event can be stressful.

Those of you with experience organizing (or helping organize) a fundraising event such as a dinner or gala know all of the hard work and effort that go into running a successful and profitable event. You also probably know the importance of having an amazing team of committee members and volunteers to support your event, ensuring it’s successful as possible.

Topics: nonprofit resources
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A New Vision for Corporate Community Engagement in the Digital Age

By Greg Baldwin on Apr 19, 2017

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For more than a decade, leading companies have been investing in making their community engagement programs more strategic. This is why so few have succeeded  until now.

In 2002, a ground-breaking article, The Competitive Advantage of Corporate Philanthropy, appeared in the Harvard Business Review. In it, Michael Porter and Mark Kramer challenged the prevailing argument at the time that philanthropy and business were inherently contradictory. Instead, they made the point, which has shaped a generation of business leaders, that companies can, and should, “…systematically apply their distinctive strengths to maximize the social and economic value created by their philanthropy.”

Topics: corporate volunteering
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Encourage The Young Ones: Inspiring Students To Volunteer

By Basil Sadiq on Jan 9, 2017

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Guest post by Nicole Boyer'

Last month, we shared a blog post titled “5 Working Ways to Engage Students in Volunteering”. In this update, we’ll expand on that post to include additional tips that help you maximize your recruitment and engagement efforts for student volunteers.

Volunteering is more than spending one’s time actively participating in selfless acts or activities that benefit other people. It has a greater impact on society as a whole. Volunteers are of great help to the community as they immerse themselves in a pool of opportunities. These opportunities are one reason why we need to encourage more students to volunteer.

Topics: volunteer engagement
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9 Fantastic Reasons To Volunteer During The Holidays

By Basil Sadiq on Dec 13, 2016

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4 Unusual Ways To Attract Volunteers To Your Nonprofit

By Basil Sadiq on Oct 24, 2016

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Guest post by Nicole Boyer

It isn’t always easy to attract volunteers to help with your cause. There are just so many different nonprofits out there nowadays competing for the same pool of people that it can be hard to find new volunteers.

For that reason, you’ve got to think outside-the-box: come up with ways that not everybody is leveraging. Not feeling that creative?

Here are few ideas to help you get started.

Topics: volunteer engagement
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Metrics For Success: Evaluating Your Volunteer Program

By Basil Sadiq on Sep 20, 2016

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Editor’s note: In honor of VM Summit 16, which is all about corporate/ nonprofit collaboration, this series of volunteerism-related blog posts will take one topic and explain how it’s relevant to both groups. Today’s topic? Metrics for success. Check out our other blog, Volunteering is CSR, for the same topic from the perspective of corporate volunteer program managers.

Topics: nonprofit resources
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4 Techniques To Boost Volunteer Engagement

By Basil Sadiq on Sep 20, 2016

Written by Jeff Gordy, NeonCRM

While a lot of nonprofits have highly developed strategies in place for engaging donors, many haven’t put as much thought into how to engage their volunteers.

However, volunteers are key constituents in an organization. They contribute something as equally valuable as monetary donations — they contribute their time, skills, and passion.

Chances are, your organization wouldn’t be able to do the work you do (or be as successful at furthering your cause) without help from volunteers.

Topics: volunteer engagement
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Volunteers Are The Backbone Of Nonprofit Organizations

By Shari Tishman on Sep 2, 2016

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Guest post by Jason Miner

With National Volunteer Week approaching, and events in Boston and Texas reminding us of the importance of community, it’s become even clearer that volunteers really are the backbone of nonprofit organizations.

Volunteers help with fundraising, administrative tasks and operations, and they help spread the word about the mission of the organization. And although volunteers tend to perform such duties out of the care and concern they have for the goals set forth by the organization, there are a few key strategies that can be used to make these all-important volunteers feel recognized and appreciated:

Topics: inspiration
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Why Prisons Need More Volunteers

By Basil Sadiq on Jun 6, 2016

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Guest Post by Mila Sanchez

It’s easy to think about volunteering in places like hospitals, food banks, schools, and animal humane societies, but some places that are commonly overlooked [and could really use volunteers] are prisons.

Topics: inspiration
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Why You Shouldn’t Give Gifts To Volunteers

By Tess Srebro on Mar 30, 2016

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You’ve gotten to know Roger well over the past 6 months. Without fail, he’s shown up every week to volunteer his time at your nonprofit organization. And never once has he shown up without a cup of coffee in his hand. You know that his favorite coffee spot is just down the street from your office.

Topics: volunteer engagement
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The U.S. Volunteer Rate Is Still Dropping. Why?

By Tess Srebro on Mar 25, 2016

Each year, the Bureau of Labor Statistics issues a report on volunteer rates in the United States.

This report tells us a lot. We can learn the total percentage of the population that has volunteered over the past year (from September – September). We can see which age groups and races volunteer the most, and whether men or women are more likely to volunteer. We can see if employment status, education level, marital status and more have an effect on volunteering.

Topics: volunteer engagement
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4 Employee Engagement Benefits of Corporate Volunteer Programs

By Tess Srebro on Feb 8, 2016

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Guest post by Ermina Veljacic

Employee disengagement can prevent your business from reaching success. According to a Gallup survey in 2011, approximately 71 percent of American employees are disengaged at work, and 19 percent are actively disengaged. This lack of employee engagement is alarming, and it negatively impacts your business.

The Gallup report also showed that organizations with high employee engagement have 3.9 times the growth rate for earnings per share than other companies with lower engagement in the same industry. Many in the business world consider employee disengagement one of the top three business threats. The good news? Employee volunteer programs can easily increase employee engagement.

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

By Tess Srebro on Aug 27, 2015

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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5 Ways To Motivate Your Nonprofit’s Volunteers

By Shari Tishman on Feb 10, 2015

Guest post by Kelly Smith

Volunteering has become a popular solution for people who not only have got some time on their hands, but also want to build a better community or help those who need assistance.

Topics: nonprofit resources
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The Real Reason 75% Of Americans Don’t Volunteer

By Greg Baldwin on Feb 4, 2015

Our country takes great pride in the role volunteering has played in our history. We believe that volunteers are virtuous, kind and essential to the health of our society. It is why the Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. holiday, for instance, is celebrated as a national Day of Service. We are a country that loves volunteering.

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How to Design a Volunteer Program for Your Small Business

By Shari Tishman on Oct 15, 2014

Guest post by Scott Huntington

As a small business, finding ways to give back is important. Volunteering is a way to do something “better” for the community your business is in. It allows your employees to cooperate in a new way and creates a sense of empowerment.

However, creating a volunteer program for your business might not be the easiest task in the world. With thousands of choices available, how do you decide in which direction to proceed?

Topics: volunteer engagement
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What I Learned From Volunteering

By Shari Tishman on Aug 27, 2014

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Dylan volunteering in Boston, Mass.

This post should really be called: “How I learned more about my community and humanity once I stepped outside my college classroom.” You see, going to college in the heart of a city has an abundance of advantages, and many students are quick to take a big gulp of all the opportunities presented by the fast-paced, busy, and unique city landscape.

Topics: inspiration
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The “Why” Behind Employee Volunteer Time Off

By Shari Tishman on Nov 26, 2013

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Updated June 29, 2016

It’s more than just another acronym for you to remember. Volunteer Time Off (VTO) policies are a quickly growing trend among businesses committed to authentic corporate social responsibility.

These companies provide a certain number of hours per year for employees to volunteer in the community – independent from the company-sponsored volunteer days and weeks of service. And just as these group programs show direct benefits for the employee, the company, and the community, businesses who institute VTO policies are finding they make a difference in a number of important ways.

Solutions by VolunteerMatch makes running an employee volunteer program easy. Learn more.

Topics: corporate volunteering
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Volunteering: History Of An American Value

By Stephanie Rosenburg on Apr 18, 2013

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Next week is National Volunteer Week, and we hope you’ll join us and spend some time thinking about the significant role volunteers have played, and are still playing, in our country overall. In the days to come, we’re going to be focusing on volunteer engagement, recognition, inspiration and more. But first, let’s consider just how deeply volunteering is a part of who we are as a nation.

Topics: inspiration
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10 Great Movies About Volunteering And Giving Back

By Shari Tishman on Feb 22, 2013

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It’s a fact: Filmmakers insert products, messages and themes into their movies that influence the way we think and act. This isn’t necessarily a bad thing, though.

Topics: inspiration
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6 Ways To Keep Your Volunteers Engaged

By Shari Tishman on Jan 31, 2013

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Guest post by Wendy Kirwan, Kars4Kids

Like many nonprofits, volunteers are our most valuable asset here at Kars4Kids. With each of our paid employees leveraging dozens, if not hundreds, of volunteers, we run on volunteer power.

For any organization that relies on volunteers to accomplish their mission, recruitment of volunteers is only the first step. The big question is how to keep the volunteers you’ve recruited active, engaged and totally committed to the cause.

Topics: volunteer engagement
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Creative Ways to Plan an Office Food Drive

By Sean Hiska on Dec 9, 2012

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(VolunteerMatch fighting hunger in style)

Food banks are looking for as many sources of canned goods as they can get in this season of high demand.

As a company, you can help these food banks in their effort to eliminate hunger from our communities. In-office food drives are small campaigns that allow your company to work together as one towards a greater cause.

Whether you are an administrator or an employee, you can fight hunger from your work space. Here are some tips for how you can create a successful food drive for your company.

Topics: inspiration
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5 Ways To Inspire Teenagers To Take A Step Towards Community Service

By Shari Tishman on Sep 19, 2012

Guest post by Aileen Pablo

Most parents can’t even get them to tidy up their rooms, so what are your chances of motivating teenagers to leave their computers and work on an “impossible” mission, right?

If that’s how you view today’s youth, I suggest you quit leading them. Your perception of who you are dealing with will shape your behaviour, and treating teenagers of today like they are children is a great recipe for inaction.

Topics: inspiration
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7 Ways To Appreciate Your Volunteers

By Tess Srebro on Apr 5, 2012

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Written by guest blogger Chris Bautista

Taking the time to recognize volunteers is important if you want to retain volunteers and recruit new ones. In honor of National Volunteer Week, here are some tips that you can use during and after the time your volunteers serve:

Topics: volunteer engagement
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The Difference Between “Civically Engaged” And “Volunteer”

By Shari Tishman on Oct 17, 2011

Last month the Corporation for National and Community Service and the National Conference on Citizenship released a joint annual report revealing that “a majority” of Americans are civically active in their communities.

Topics: volunteer engagement
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