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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
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Hire Heroes USA: Capacity Building During a Pandemic

By Guest Contributer on March 30, 2022

Michele Wiesner is the Director of Capacity Building at Hire Heroes USA, a national nonprofit empowering U.S. military members, veterans and spouses to succeed in the civilian workforce. Her work focuses on supporting service delivery through partners and stakeholders to increase organizational reach, effectiveness and efficiency.

Topics: virtual volunteering nonprofit resources inspiration
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Nonprofit Spotlight: AmeriCorps

By Erica Dolcini on March 16, 2022

Over 10 years after completing my two years of Service with AmeriCorps I find myself in the unique position of again serving with AmeriCorps, just in a different capacity. At VolunteerMatch, we have partnered with California Volunteers and AmeriCorps to leverage the VolunteerMatch network and team to recruit members and spread awareness.

To celebrate AmeriCorps week, I’d love to share how serving as an AmeriCorps member has impacted my life (long story short, it completely changed the trajectory of my career and how I see the world).

Topics: inspiration local volunteering
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California Volunteers and VolunteerMatch: A Partnership for the Greater Good

By Guest Contributer on February 17, 2022

Guest Contributor: Josh Fryday, California Chief Service Officer within the Office of Governor Gavin Newsom.

The Kindhearted Cities Index recognizes the incredible work of volunteers, nonprofits, service members, and community leaders who have embodied the spirit of kindness to give back to communities across the country. Through the Kindhearted Cities index, we can better understand what it is that drives action, change, and impact—and show others how to make a difference. We are beyond thrilled to see six California cities recognized for their efforts, the most of any state.

Topics: press release government inspiration local volunteering
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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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Our Top Blog Posts of 2021 to Inspire Your Community-Building Resolutions in 2022

By Darcy Hughes on December 30, 2021

This year, within our country and our communities, we have witnessed immense social challenges and incredible acts of kindness. Building kind, inclusive, and thriving communities is an intentional process that any individual can contribute to in a meaningful way. As you plan for the new year and make community-building resolutions, this list of our Top Blogs of 2021 can help inspire you.

Topics: inspiration
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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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10 ways to volunteer as a family

By Darcy Hughes on November 23, 2021

We’re joining forces with U.S. Bank to inspire good people to give time in honor of #GivingTuesday, and you’re invited!

After Black Friday and Cyber Monday, your wallet may be feeling a little thin by the time GivingTuesday rolls around, so we want to help you find ways to give time and help make #CommunityPossible.

This year, we’re focusing on what’s near and dear to so many of us during the holidays — community.

Topics: inspiration
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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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4 Ways To Uplift Your Communities During World Kindness Week

By Erin Halley on November 9, 2021

This week is World Kindness Week, and there are so many kind deeds you can do to uplift your communities and in the process also uplift your spirits. Here are 4 ways you can give back.

Topics: virtual volunteering inspiration