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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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VolunteerMatch and Newwave Foundation’s “Money Talk$” Panel

By VolunteerMatch on February 17, 2021

Written by: Abelard Lormond

VolunteerMatch and the Newwave Foundation are hosting the first of webinar series, "Money Talk$" focused on developing financial wellness and bridging the information gap for communities of color left behind by current educational practices. This need is particularly urgent within the Black community where, according to a 2020 study on the Personal Finance Index (P-Fin Index), only 38% of African Americans were able to correctly answer a financial literacy questionnaire, compared to 55% of white respondents.

Topics: inspiration advocacy
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Ten Inspirational Quotes to Uplift and Inspire Us into Action this Black History Month

By Abelard Lormond on February 16, 2021

Written by Abelard Lormond

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.

Throughout the years, and even today, many people have displayed their acknowledgement for the unique injustices faced by African-Americans and sought to create a more equitable society for all. Some have taken physical action, while others have used the power of their words. Today, we take a look at some empowering quotes from 10 of these inspirational, quotable people. 

Topics: inspiration
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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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