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Senior Prom celebrates life, love, and legacies of resistance for LGBTQ+ retirees

By Guest Contributer on October 4, 2022

Guest Post by Luisa Conlon, Director of Senior Prom

As we celebrate National LGBTQ+ History Month this October, we can work together to raise up the experiences and voices of our LGBTQ+ elders, and learn about the sacrifices so many of them made to get us here.

Topics: social justice inspiration advocacy Films
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11 Ways to Support More Diverse Communities and Workplaces

By Erin Halley on September 30, 2022

Published 10/6/21 and updated on 9/30/22

Each of us has the power to create more compassionate and inclusive communities in different aspects of our lives whether at home, school, work, or in our neighborhood. October provides a variety of opportunities to celebrate diversity, learn more about each other, and strengthen our communities by giving back. Explore 12 ways you can do just that!

Topics: virtual volunteering inspiration advocacy local volunteering
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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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4 Reasons that Volunteering is Good for You: Thoughts on Service from Incoming VolunteerMatch CEO

By Jude O'Reilley on April 20, 2022

In April 2020 in an act of sheer desperation, I googled “San Jose Volunteering COVID-19.” I had been living in isolation in my house a full thirty days—thirty days—likely the longest I’d been in one place since I was 3 years old. I felt cut-off from my work team, which was scattering to the wind as COVID-19 raged in their hometowns around the world. 

Topics: inspiration advocacy National Volunteer Week Jude O'Reilley
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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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Gift Guide for Good: 10 Easy Ways to Be Kind to Yourself and Others

By Erin Halley on December 15, 2021

Many of us are looking for safer ways to give some kindness to others this holiday season as we see the increasing need to support our communities and the rise of the Omicron variant. Giving to others in any form — from cards to meals to a sympathetic ear — shows people they’re cared for. Here are 10 simple ways to be a force for kindness.

Topics: virtual volunteering inspiration disaster relief advocacy local volunteering
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3 Ways to Celebrate and Engage Volunteers this GivingTuesday

By VolunteerMatch on November 15, 2021

This is a guest post from GivingTuesday.

The 10th annual GivingTuesday celebration takes place on November 30 this year. People all over the world will come together to give their time, voice, kindness, power, skills, expertise, and resources. GivingTuesday is the perfect opportunity to complement your organization’s year-end efforts by using the day to engage your volunteers.

Topics: virtual volunteering inspiration advocacy local volunteering
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7 Simple Ways to Take Action During Climate Action Week and Beyond!

By Erin Halley on September 21, 2021

Climate change impacts us all. The fires, drought, and floods that we are seeing across the country are all being driven by the warming of our planet. The scientific community is attributing the increasing temperatures globally to these disastrous events all over the world with increasingly negative implications on the economy and society, such as the loss of billions of working hours because of excessive heat. In fact, according to a new report from the World Meteorological Organization (WMO) spanning from 1970-2019, these types of disasters have gone up 5 times during this 50 year span, in which climate change is one of the contributing factors. 

It’s time to take action. You can make a difference with small steps. This week is Climate Action Week, 9/20-9/25. We're so excited to be partnering with California Volunteers, Office of the Governor — the team leading the way nationally around mobilizing volunteers in the state with Climate Action Corps. Each of us has the power to drive change. Here are 7 simple things you can do to combat climate change wherever you live.

Topics: virtual volunteering inspiration advocacy local volunteering
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Climate Action Week. Small Actions Drive Change.

By Erin Halley on September 16, 2021

As part of Climate Action Week from 9/20-9/25, we’re excited to be partnering with California Volunteers, Office of the Governor — the team leading the mobilization of volunteers across the state and setting a tone for state-led climate volunteer corps nationally. 

Topics: virtual volunteering inspiration advocacy local volunteering
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Spotlighting June Match Studio Collaborative Artist: Shema Love

By Darcy Hughes on June 23, 2021

Shema Love, Artist. 

NYC-based Shema Love is June’s Match Studio Collaborative artist. While Shema has always been artistic, she pursued a career in nursing before becoming a professional artist. Now she does both.

Topics: social justice inspiration advocacy lgbtq+ match studio collaborative art as advocacy
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