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3 Ways to Give a Helping Hand During COVID

By Abelard Lormond on February 23, 2021

Note: This VolunteerMatch Young Ambassador Series post is written by Abelard Lormond. The Ambassador series blogs offer practical insights into causes and volunteer opportunities championed by VolunteerMatch or members of our partner network, to provide personal insight and shine a light on the unique work of our nonprofit partners.

As we ease into 2021, we still struggle with an ongoing pandemic, and COVID limits many activities that involve physically being with one another. The virus has also shut down many places such as schools and people’s workplaces. Fortunately, through several forms of volunteer work, many people who are struggling have the chance to keep on going or bounce back from the negative effects that the pandemic has brought about to their everyday lives as well as their communities. Here are 3 ways to help:

Topics: covid19 virtual volunteering youth volunteering
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VolunteerMatch Gifting Free Membership

By VolunteerMatch on February 17, 2021

Inviting America's 1.5 Million Nonprofits to Join the Movement in Our Nation's Recovery from COVID-19

 

OAKLAND, Calif., February 17, 2021 – VolunteerMatch, the largest nonprofit network on the web connecting volunteers with opportunities to give back, today announced a gift of free membership for a year to nonprofits with operating budgets of less than $1 million.

Topics: covid19 press release nonprofit resources volunteer engagement
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VolunteerMatch Adds Nine New Cities to Apple Maps Guides

By VolunteerMatch on February 11, 2021

Thousands of volunteer opportunities available in support of healthier communities during American Heart Month

 

OAKLAND, Calif., February 11, 2021 – VolunteerMatch, the largest nonprofit network on the web connecting volunteers with opportunities to give back, today announced the release of 9 additional community-based Guides in Apple Maps. Residents and visitors in Austin, DenverMinneapolis, Portland, and Nashville can now use the Maps app to identify meaningful places to volunteer in-person and virtually.

Topics: covid19 press release virtual volunteering inspiration advocacy local volunteering
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13 Ways to Celebrate and Honor Black History Month

By Darcy Hughes on February 4, 2021

Black History Month in February is a great time to celebrate, honor, recognize, and delve deeper into Black history. Here are 13 things you can do to celebrate Black History Month to expand your knowledge, share with others, and get involved in your communities.

Topics: covid19 virtual volunteering food insecurity inspiration advocacy youth volunteering
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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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The Antidote Is the Change That We Want to Be In This World: Join VolunteerMatch’s Upcoming Special Screenings

By VolunteerMatch on October 20, 2020

 

Oakland, CA – October 19, 2020 So many of us have been asking this year what will it take to make things sustainably better in this country? The Academy Award-nominated and multi-Emmy Award-winning team of Kahane Cooperman and John Hoffman, respectively, believe they have the answer in their upcoming film, The Antidote. VolunteerMatch is excited and honored to partner with them to help this documentary drive a national conversation about the roles that kindness, decency, compassion, and respect play in a civilized, democratic society.

Topics: covid19 press release
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Successfully Recruit, Engage, and Retain Volunteers During a Pandemic

By VolunteerMatch on October 14, 2020

 

Oakland, CA – October 13, 2020 COVID-19’s impact on volunteering challenges nonprofits, individuals, and companies to find ways to continue to serve communities in need. VolunteerMatch has spent the last seven months researching across sectors what these challenges are, creating ways to overcome them, and designing a webinar premiering on October 29, 2020 to help us all pivot so that service continues as seamlessly as possible.

Topics: covid19 press release virtual volunteering
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VolunteerMatch Celebrates National Voter Registration Day with Launch of New Election-Related Volunteering Website

By Ben Chutz on September 23, 2020

OAKLAND, Calif., September 23, 2020 — VolunteerMatch, the world’s largest volunteer engagement network, has launched a new website designed to make election-related volunteering more accessible. Nonprofits including Turnout Nation, Open Progress, and Civic Works are featured, each of which offer volunteer actions that can be performed virtually via computer, phone, and mail.

Topics: covid19 press release virtual volunteering inspiration
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8 Ways Volunteering Helps You Learn and Grow at Any Age

By Darcy Hughes on August 11, 2020

COVID-19 has changed the way we live, from many schools and colleges going fully or partially virtual to many jobs shifting to remote and a job market that’s in flux. Additionally, people who are retired are seeking ways to do something fulfilling and continue to grow personally, while staying safe. Whether you're looking for your first job, recently retired, or somewhere in between, volunteering can help you feel fulfilled wherever you are now.

Topics: covid19 virtual volunteering skills-based volunteering food insecurity
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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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