VolunteerMatch to Launch We Heart Helpers Initiative and Fund As Part Of Week – Long Celebration in Honor of National Volunteer Week

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.

“Social distancing may be keeping us physically apart, but our connection to community has, in many ways, never been stronger. At VolunteerMatch, for over 20 years, we have been inspired by incredible stories of people giving their time and talent to help others. This week, we’ll shine a light on the people and organizations who make our world a little brighter every day. We hope to spark some joy for the helpers who are doing so much for others. Volunteers are the personification of the phrase, “Be the change you want to see in the world.” – Laura Plato, Chief Solutions Officer, VolunteerMatch

VolunteerMatch’s week of activities include:

Monday

Facebook Frame Takeover Challenge encouraging the nation to change their profile pictures in support of volunteers.

Tuesday

Violin for Volunteers Facebook Live Mini Concert by the amazing violinist D-Sharp at 1pm PST. We will also launch a curated Spotify Playlist as a gift to all volunteers.

Wednesday

10:30am PST/12:30pm CST/ 1:30pm EST, Live Zoom Panel: Volunteers: The Heart and Soul of Communities.

Host: Jeff Johnson, MSNBC Contributor and White House Correspondent  

Panelists:

Rev. Dr. Michael Louis Pfleger, Senior Pastor, The Faith
Community of Saint Sabina, and noted Social Activist

Bea Stotzer, New Economics For Women

Hill Harper, Actor & Author

Anita Ramachandran, MicroMentor

Greg Baldwin, Volunteer MatchStuart Wood, PhD, Executive Director, Sustainable Claremont Charles Lewis, Regional President, Howard University Alumni Association 

Register in advance for this webinar: https://zoom.us/webinar/register/WN_dHa0-E-oSnyVdgIqDGLG1w

Official launch of the We Heart Helpers Fund.

Thursday

Release of a curated book list targeted specifically to the volunteer sector. See Facebook page for the list. Release of Thank You video tribute for all volunteers nationwide.

Friday

1:00pm PST Live Zoom Panel: Frontline Friday with April Ryan, celebrating volunteers and those on the front lines of the COVID-19 crisis.

Host: April Ryan, White House Correspondent and Bureau Chief for American Urban Radio Network

Panelists:

Grey Cohen, Founder, Meal Bridge 16 year old who created a charity platform to donate meals to hospital workers in partnership with local restaurantshttps://www.themealbridge.com

Laura Plato, Chief Solutions Officer, VolunteerMatch

Additional surprise guests to be announced later this week!

Register in advance for this webinar:
https://zoom.us/webinar/register/WN_TLxS35XKQDKBwGM86hUQQA

Learn more about what VolunteerMatch is doing:

The VolunteerMatch Facebook page will have updates for all other activities. https://www.facebook.com/VolunteerMatch

For more information on the We Heart Helpers initiative go to: https://wehearthelpers.volunteermatch.org/

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About VolunteerMatch

Founded in 1998, VolunteerMatch is the most effective way to recruit highly qualified volunteers for nonprofits. We are the largest nonprofit network in the world with the most nonprofits and volunteer opportunities. We believe everyone should have the chance to make a difference. That’s why we make it easy for good people and good causes to connect. We’ve connected millions of people with great places to volunteer and helped tens of thousands of organizations better leverage volunteers to create real impact.

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