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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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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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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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3 Easy Ways to Include Giving Back in Your Holiday Parties

By Erin Halley on October 28, 2021

It’s the end of October, and we’re getting really close to the holiday season. You may have already started planning your holiday parties for your organization, for your friends and family, or both. In the spirit of giving this holiday season, there’s never been a better time to uplift your communities. Here are 3 simple ways you can incorporate giving back into your holiday parties this year that can be done in-person or virtually.

Topics: skills-based volunteering food insecurity inspiration local volunteering
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12 Ways to Support More Diverse Communities and Workplaces

By Erin Halley on October 6, 2021

Each of us has the power to create more compassionate and inclusive communities in different aspects of our lives whether at home, school, work, or in our neighborhood. October provides a variety of opportunities to celebrate diversity, learn more about each other, and strengthen our communities by giving back. Explore 12 ways you can do just that!

Topics: virtual volunteering inspiration advocacy local volunteering
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7 Simple Ways to Take Action During Climate Action Week and Beyond!

By Erin Halley on September 21, 2021

Climate change impacts us all. The fires, drought, and floods that we are seeing across the country are all being driven by the warming of our planet. The scientific community is attributing the increasing temperatures globally to these disastrous events all over the world with increasingly negative implications on the economy and society, such as the loss of billions of working hours because of excessive heat. In fact, according to a new report from the World Meteorological Organization (WMO) spanning from 1970-2019, these types of disasters have gone up 5 times during this 50 year span, in which climate change is one of the contributing factors. 

It’s time to take action. You can make a difference with small steps. This week is Climate Action Week, 9/20-9/25. We're so excited to be partnering with California Volunteers, Office of the Governor — the team leading the way nationally around mobilizing volunteers in the state with Climate Action Corps. Each of us has the power to drive change. Here are 7 simple things you can do to combat climate change wherever you live.

Topics: virtual volunteering inspiration advocacy local volunteering
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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. 

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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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