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Laura Plato

Laura Plato

Laura is the Chief Solutions Officer at VolunteerMatch. She brings over 20 years of experience leading transformational change for both nonprofit and for-profit businesses to her role on the VolunteerMatch team.

Recent posts by Laura Plato

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Join the Movement to Activate 100MM Volunteers...Plus, 8 Ways You Can Build a Kinder World

By Laura Plato on January 6, 2021

"We are now faced with the fact that tomorrow is today. We are confronted with the fierce urgency of now. In this unfolding conundrum of life and history, there "is" such a thing as being too late. This is no time for apathy or complacency. This is a time for vigorous and positive action."

-Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.

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In 2020, You Sparked Kindness. In 2021, Let’s Create an Even Kinder Future.

By Laura Plato on December 29, 2020

Almost one year ago, I wrote the first blog post of 2020 to kick off MLK Day and what we were confident would be a powerful year of grassroots service across our VolunteerMatch community. We hoped to inspire others and make it even easier and more accessible to get out into volunteer service in the new year than ever before.

Topics: covid19 inspiration
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Ready to Shine Your Light This Holiday Season?

By Laura Plato on November 19, 2020

Music moves the human heart like no other force I know.

Just a few notes of a song have the power to lift us up when we’re feeling down, make us feel closer when we’re apart, and inspire us to boldly try new things we’ve been afraid to even dare to dream about.

Topics: inspiration
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A Kind Ear Goes A Long Way, Especially Now

By Laura Plato on August 11, 2020

At a time when each of us can benefit from sharing our experiences and feeling heard, VolunteerMatch and Listeners On Call are partnering on a new program, Listen for Good.

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Access to Volunteering is Essential for a Freer Society

By Laura Plato on July 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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Mobilizing Volunteers To Combat Societal Challenges

By Laura Plato on June 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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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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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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Celebrating 22 Years Of You, The Helpers

By Laura Plato on April 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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93% of Volunteering Cancelled. How Can Your Website Help?

By Laura Plato on April 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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