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.
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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
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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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
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.
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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.
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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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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.
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What should volunteer engagement look like as we move forward with the next phase of COVID-19 response? While things are opening back up, we are not just returning to life as it was before March.
What should we consider before inviting volunteers to return, and how can we ensure that we’re doing our best to protect our volunteers, our clients, and others in our organization?
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There has been an increase in overall demand for food from Food Banks across the U.S. because of COVID-19. It’s amazing to see our communities: individuals, businesses, governments, and nonprofit organizations come together to support the people in need.
It shows that if we collaborate and work together, we can make a significant difference in fighting hunger in our communities.
Here are some inspiring ways people are working together to combat this growing challenge.
Topics: covid19 food insecurity csr food banks
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COVID-19 has dramatically changed our lives, and many of us are feeling less connected to others. But, even as we learn to navigate these changes, it’s also empowering to see so many public illustrations of how we are connected — and that, when we each take actions towards helping our communities, and work together, we can make huge strides in combating these larger societal challenges.