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Darcy Hughes

Darcy Hughes

Darcy Hughes is the Manager of Marketing & Advocacy at VolunteerMatch.

Recent posts by Darcy Hughes

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Pledge to volunteer in the new year!

By Darcy Hughes on December 7, 2022

One thing I have learned as a marketer on a small team is that making content that serves multiple audiences or multiple purposes is invaluable. The same goes for our efforts in life. We only have limited energy and hours in the day so we need to be efficient—this is how I approach New Year's resolutions.

Topics: inspiration
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5 easy ways to volunteer – virtually

By Darcy Hughes on November 23, 2022

With all the hustle and bustle of our modern lives, it can be easy to let our good intentions to volunteer fall by the wayside. Volunteering doesn’t have to feel like an extra task on your never-ending to-do list. From small tasks to larger projects, finding ways to get involved is easier than you might think.

Topics: virtual volunteering
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The Process was Magic: How a Creative, Skills-Based Volunteer Opportunity Became a Documentary Short

By Darcy Hughes on November 14, 2022

In 2020, Cedar Schimke, Executive Director of Slow Food Minnesota, posted an opportunity on VolunteerMatch, seeking creative volunteers to tell her organization's story. At the same time, filmmaker Kish Daniels was looking on VolunteerMatch for an engaging, skills-based project. He saw Cedar's posting and clicked the button, "I Want to Help," what came next was a project neither party could have expected.

Topics: Stories from the Field
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8 Ways to Support Disaster Relief Today

By Darcy Hughes on September 27, 2022

Natural disasters like hurricanes, earthquakes, and fires can leave us feeling powerless and overwhelmed, but it's important for everyone to know that there are ways to help. Whether a disaster has occurred in your community, or across the country, you can make a difference! Here are 8 ways you can support disaster relief today.

Topics: disaster relief
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Planting the Seeds for Change during National Adult Education Week

By Darcy Hughes on September 22, 2022

This week is National Adult Education and Family Literacy Week and we want to show some #LocalLove to Literacy Minnesota, the only statewide, volunteer literacy organization in Minnesota. 

Sophie Phan, Volunteer Outreach Coordinator and volunteer for Literacy Minnesota, believes in English literacy as a powerful means to broaden educational and economic opportunities for immigrants and refugees in the United States. Sophie immigrated from Vietnam to Minnesota when she was five years old, grew up as a voracious reader, and believes in the power of stories to motivate and inspire.

Topics: inspiration Stories from the Field
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Senior Dogs Snuggle Up For International Dog Day

By Darcy Hughes on August 25, 2022

For this International Dog Day (August 26th) we want to spotlight Lily’s Legacy Senior Dog Sanctuary, a nonprofit dedicated to the mighty task of rescuing, caring for, and rehoming large breed senior dogs. Of the dogs who come to Lily’s, 80% are from shelters and, more often than not, have suffered neglect. The organization does thorough evaluations and treatments to get them adoption ready. 

Topics: inspiration local volunteering Stories from the Field
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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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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 Films
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5 Ways to Help Others on #MLK Day

By Darcy Hughes on January 13, 2022

Photo Credit: The Seattle Times

Martin Luther King, Jr. once said, “Life’s most persistent and urgent question is, ‘What are you doing for others?'”In the past two years, the need has been immense for every cause area: from food security to homelessness —education to mental health. Meanwhile, the threat of the virus has prevented volunteerism from returning to its pre-pandemic highs. This year, we can change that.

Topics: inspiration advocacy
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