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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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A Kind Ear Goes A Long Way, Especially Now

By Laura Plato on Aug 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 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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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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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 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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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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How VolunteerMatch Is Responding To The COVID-19 Emergency

By Laura Plato on Mar 27, 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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3 Surprising Reasons People Refuse to Volunteer

By Laura Plato on Feb 19, 2020

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