Compassion fatigue. We all know what it is, even if you haven’t heard the term before. The 24-hour news cycle brings, seemingly every day, previously unfathomable stories of devastation and destruction. Our hearts and minds were not made for it. The natural impulse to care can become exhausting.
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The Road To Good
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How to Volunteer: 5 Simple Steps to Finding Meaning & Making a Difference
Volunteering might evoke images of soup kitchens, beach cleanups and fundraising galas. But the truth is, there are a whole lot more ways to volunteer! So many, in fact, that it can feel overwhelming when you're just getting started. VolunteerMatch alone is home to 100s of 1000s of different ways to get involved!
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9 Quotes To Inspire Your Volunteers (And Yourself!)
Guest post by Lesley J. Vos
Even the most devoted volunteers experience a lack of inspiration and motivation from time to time.
As a volunteer leader, it’s you who can change this. You can encourage your volunteers, engage and motivate them to grow, and become a source of inspiration!
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4 Reasons that Volunteering is Good for You: Thoughts on Service from VolunteerMatch CEO
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 Jude O'Reilley
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Hire Heroes USA: Capacity Building During a Pandemic
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
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
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
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
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.
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Gift Guide for Good: 10 Easy Ways to Be Kind to Yourself and Others
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.