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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.  This dedicated group will be highlighting valuable resources and tools with simple actions every one of us can take to help tackle climate change. Laura Plato, Chief Solutions Officer at VolunteerMatch, sat down with Josh Fryday, Chief Service Officer for California Volunteers, to learn more about what California Volunteers is doing next week and beyond to combat this crisis. Watch the interview below or read the transcript to see why it’s important and what actions you can take now and during Climate Action Week.

Topics: virtual volunteering inspiration advocacy local volunteering
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8 Ways to Honor the 20th Anniversary of 9/11 by Giving Back

By Erin Halley on September 9, 2021

This 20th Anniversary of 9/11 is a time to pause and remember those who lost their lives in the 2001 tragedy, and to honor their memories by coming together to do good as a nation. From volunteering, supporting charities through donations of goods or cash, and simply by being kind to others, there are many ways to get involved.

Topics: virtual volunteering inspiration disaster relief local volunteering
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9 Ways to Be Kind to Yourself and Others for Back to School + Beyond!

By Erin Halley on August 31, 2021

Some students across the U.S. have started school, while others have yet to start school. And this may be the first time they are doing in-person learning. Back to school brings up so many emotions of excitement and new experiences, and now with the pandemic, some children and parents may be feeling additional anxieties beyond the back to school year jitters of the past. Whether you are a student, parent, grandparent, neighbor, co-worker, or friend and wherever you are during this transition, sending some kindness to others will help you uplift your community and yourself in the process. Here are 9 things you can do to be kind to yourself and others during this time. 

Topics: covid19 virtual volunteering inspiration youth volunteering
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10 Ways to Give Back to Uplift and Strengthen Your Communities

By Erin Halley on August 5, 2021

We all have the power to make a difference in our communities, to uplift our spirits, and to come together to strengthen them. Here are 10 ways you can make a positive impact today.

Topics: virtual volunteering skills-based volunteering social justice civil rights inspiration equality lgbtq+ youth 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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Spotlighting May Match Studio Collaborative Artist: Lena Gray

By Darcy Hughes on May 11, 2021

Lena Gray, Artist. 

Charlotte, N.C. based artist and musician, Lena Gray is May’s Match Studio Collaborative artist. She began pursuing art as a method of expressing her gender transition. Originally a graphic designer, Lena uses her knowledge of digital media to create illustrations and paintings that provide empowering and reflective imagery of trans people of color that is often absent in popular media.

Topics: social justice inspiration advocacy lgbtq+ match studio collaborative art as advocacy
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18 Ways to Take Care of Yourself and Others This Mental Health Awareness Month

By Erin Halley on May 5, 2021

So much has happened in 2020 and now into 2021 where we have faced new challenges, less connection, and larger division, which is impacting how we feel. With May being Mental Health Awareness month, it gives us the time to shift our focus to our own wellness and those around us whether at home, at work, or in our communities. Here are 18 ways to inspire you to do just that.

Topics: virtual volunteering csr inspiration corporate volunteering lgbtq+ youth volunteering local volunteering
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8 Ways to Celebrate, Honor, Inspire and Untap Our Creativity to Drive Impact

By Laura Plato on April 28, 2021

Every single one of us has the power of creativity, and when we tap into this power, we are able to creatively respond to even the most difficult of challenges. Artists and creators lift us up and show us what’s possible during times of celebration and times of tragedy. They inspire us to think in new ways and encourage us to be willing to pivot from what we’ve always known to explore new ways of doing and being when the world turns upside down. 

Topics: virtual volunteering inspiration youth volunteering
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VolunteerMatch Announces Star Panel Line-up for Phenomenal Women!

By VolunteerMatch on March 16, 2021

OAKLAND, Calif., March 16, 2021 — In celebration of Women’s History Month, VolunteerMatch announced today a virtual panel packed with powerhouse speakers: Phenomenal Women! Bringing More Wellness, Joy and Ease into Our Busy Lives.

Topics: press release inspiration
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Causes to Take Part in During the Month of February

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.

In January, we celebrated Martin Luther King, Jr. Day on the third Monday of the month, as we do every year to show our love, respect, and honor for Dr. King and his legacy. One effective way that some decide to go about displaying their appreciation is through the works of different volunteer organizations that follow the teachings of MLK himself. 

Topics: virtual volunteering inspiration advocacy

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