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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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VolunteerMatch Announces February's Match Studio Collaborative Artist: Try Cheatham

By VolunteerMatch on February 18, 2021

OAKLAND, Calif., February 18, 2021 – VolunteerMatch, the largest nonprofit network on the web connecting volunteers with opportunities to give back, announces the Match Studio Collaborative February artist, Try Cheatham.

Designed to highlight the role of art as advocacy, and advocacy and activism as two key expressions of modern volunteerism, the Collaborative provides a forum for BIPOC artists to produce work that is then reproduced in highly accessible formats to fundraise towards a meaningful cause of each featured artist’s choice.

Topics: press release social justice
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Social Justice For LGBTQIA+, Be Inspired To Continue The Fight

By Erin Halley on June 17, 2020

Huge strides have been made with the Supreme Court ruling this week that protects LGBTQIA+ from being fired because of their sexual orientation and gender identification. Before this decision, almost half the states lacked this legal projection.

“One big lesson from this opinion is don’t give up. You have to believe that you can change things,” said Evan Wolfson, founder of Freedom to Marry. It’s inspiring to see how individuals can come together to fight against social justice and shape a more inclusive society. And now it is the time to build on this momentum and do even more. 

Topics: social justice lgbtq+
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Inequality Is Increasing. What Can You Do?

By Erin Halley on June 10, 2020

The widening inequality gap we are witnessing as we emerge from the first wave of the coronavirus pandemic and the attention being paid to the killings of Black Americans including Ahmaud Arbery, Breonna Taylor, and, most recently, George Floyd remind us of the absolute necessity of continuing the work to create a society that supports and values each of its members equally. How can we build a society based around compassionate communities, whose members are motivated and empowered to take action to actively improve the world for their fellow human beings?

Topics: social justice advocacy equality
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Standing For Justice And Service

By Greg Baldwin on June 3, 2020

Over the last several weeks, we have been devastated by the killings of Ahmaud Aubery, Breonna Taylor, and George Floyd. 

These tragedies are painful reminders of the long history of injustice and racism in the U.S. that continues to tear our communities apart and leaves us living in fear of one another.

We all know there is another way — a country where we would all live as “One nation under God, indivisible, with liberty and justice for all.” 

But we don’t live in that world. George Floyd did not live in that world. 

Topics: social justice civil rights

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