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15 Ways To Support Social Justice & Civil Rights

By Ben Chutz on Jun 25, 2020

VolunteerMatch was built to help strengthen communities by providing a platform for organizations in our neighborhoods working towards justice, equality, dignity, and opportunity to recruit their neighbors to their causes. For over 20 years, we have worked to build those relationships, and it’s clear that this work is more important than ever before. We know that we have a long way to go toward this vision being fully realized. We need your help in continuing the work to create a society that supports and values each of its members equally, where we are motivated and empowered to take action to actively improve the world for our fellow human beings through acts of volunteer service and mutual assistance. Here are 15 simple ways to get you started.

1. Share your support for social justice and civil rights causes and re-share what others are saying on social media. 
2. Use your talents to drive change. With over 60% of volunteering opportunities identified as skills-based and opportunities in every US zip code in the VolunteerMatch Network, you can find a variety of ways to advance your knowledge and experience. 

3. Educate yourself and share what you’ve learned.

4. Advocate for your employer to adopt or strengthen diversity and inclusion practices.

5. Amplify and promote underrepresented voices.

6. Create space for dialogue and exchange of information and ideas.

7. Mentor or tutor a child in need. With over 177,000 volunteers needed including 23,000 virtually, you will find a way to make a difference in a child’s life.

8. Seek to understand the history of the land you currently occupy, and become involved in local activist groups. There are over 428,000 volunteers needed with over 86,000 virtually for advocacy and human rights.

9. Advocate for creating cultural exchanges within your child’s school. 

10. Volunteer at your local library. With more than 30,000 volunteers needed, you can select from a variety of options.

11. Volunteer for LGBTQIA+-related causes and organizations, where there are currently over 11,000 virtual volunteers who are needed.

12. Help to shrink the inequality gap by giving your time to combat food insecurity and homeless. More than 22,000 volunteers are needed today and food banks are doing a great job innovating to create safe ways to volunteer in-person following CDC guidance. Over 101,000 volunteers are currently needed to support people in need of safe, fair housing.

13. Contribute to your second-language proficiency.

14. Given the additional pressures of the ongoing worry about the pandemic and its impacts which are disproportionately hitting BIPOC communities, many people are having an even more difficult time than usual. Become one of the over 24,000 virtual volunteers needed to help promote mental well-being and prevent suicide.

15. Organize a group volunteering event at your workplace. Currently, there are over 465,000 volunteers needed for justice and legal and advocacy and human rights causes, including over 86,000 virtually for advocacy and human rights causes and more than 12,000 virtually for justice and legal.


Topics: skills-based volunteering civil rights corporate volunteering advocacy equality
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Stop Dictating How Your Employees Volunteer

By Tess Srebro on Jan 16, 2020

What if I told you that I know the reason a full 33% of your employees don’t participate in your giving and volunteering program?

You’d act quickly to remedy that barrier right?

Well, thanks to America’s Charities Snapshot 2017 Report, we do know the reason. And for many companies, it’s not that hard to remedy.

According to the report, 1/3 of employees won’t give through their workplace because they’re not able to choose the causes that matter to them.

The report elaborates further:

Topics: corporate volunteering
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How to Build an Irresistible Corporate-Nonprofit Volunteer Partnership

By Guest Contributer on Jul 24, 2018

Corporate volunteer programs offer an incredible opportunity for nonprofit organizations to partner with businesses to advance awareness of and raise money for their cause. A nonprofit liaison with a company creates a situation where everyone wins: the nonprofit gets the assistance it needs while the business benefits from building their brand and generating positive impressions throughout the community.

Topics: nonprofit resources corporate volunteering
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Driving Social Sustainability through Volunteerism

By Basil Sadiq on Sep 19, 2017

Guest post by Jerome Tennille

Conducting operations while not depleting the resources these operations depend on is the pinnacle of any company pursuing sustainability. With countless factors to consider when tackling environmental or economically sustainable initiatives, many companies struggle to find a starting point. Some even quit before they begin.

Topics: corporate volunteering
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Why Employee Volunteering Is About More Than Team-Building

By Tess Srebro on May 16, 2017

Team-building is a great reason to volunteer. Employees who volunteer together have the opportunity to form closer bonds. At larger companies, a corporate volunteer event might be an employees’ first interaction with a co-worker from a different team or department.

But that’s only part of the equation.

Topics: corporate volunteering
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A New Vision for Corporate Community Engagement in the Digital Age

By Greg Baldwin on Apr 19, 2017

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For more than a decade, leading companies have been investing in making their community engagement programs more strategic. This is why so few have succeeded  until now.

In 2002, a ground-breaking article, The Competitive Advantage of Corporate Philanthropy, appeared in the Harvard Business Review. In it, Michael Porter and Mark Kramer challenged the prevailing argument at the time that philanthropy and business were inherently contradictory. Instead, they made the point, which has shaped a generation of business leaders, that companies can, and should, “…systematically apply their distinctive strengths to maximize the social and economic value created by their philanthropy.”

Topics: corporate volunteering
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5 Ways Volunteering Boosts Career Development

By Basil Sadiq on Mar 22, 2017

There are lots of fantastic reasons to volunteer. You can help a person or cause, make a difference in your community, build lifelong friendships, and more.

Topics: corporate volunteering
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4 Employee Engagement Benefits of Corporate Volunteer Programs

By Tess Srebro on Feb 8, 2016

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Guest post by Ermina Veljacic

Employee disengagement can prevent your business from reaching success. According to a Gallup survey in 2011, approximately 71 percent of American employees are disengaged at work, and 19 percent are actively disengaged. This lack of employee engagement is alarming, and it negatively impacts your business.

The Gallup report also showed that organizations with high employee engagement have 3.9 times the growth rate for earnings per share than other companies with lower engagement in the same industry. Many in the business world consider employee disengagement one of the top three business threats. The good news? Employee volunteer programs can easily increase employee engagement.

Topics: corporate volunteering
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The “Why” Behind Employee Volunteer Time Off

By Shari Tishman on Nov 26, 2013

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Updated June 29, 2016

It’s more than just another acronym for you to remember. Volunteer Time Off (VTO) policies are a quickly growing trend among businesses committed to authentic corporate social responsibility.

These companies provide a certain number of hours per year for employees to volunteer in the community – independent from the company-sponsored volunteer days and weeks of service. And just as these group programs show direct benefits for the employee, the company, and the community, businesses who institute VTO policies are finding they make a difference in a number of important ways.

Solutions by VolunteerMatch makes running an employee volunteer program easy. Learn more.

Topics: corporate volunteering

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