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Telling Great Volunteer Stories

By Guest Contributer on January 25, 2024

Guest Contributor: Carly Euler, Marketing Manager at MemoryFox

Have you ever wondered who maintains the memorials on the national mall? 

Volunteers, led by the National Parks Service, are a huge part of keeping those larger-than-life symbols of our nation’s history suitable for over 25 million annual visitors.

Topics: Stories from the Field
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Magical Moments: The Story of Ridgebury Riders

By Darcy Hughes on December 22, 2023

“Magical moments happen daily at the farm” Haley Levesque, Program Coordinator.

On a repurposed dairy farm in Ridgebury Connecticut, "magical moments" are a regular occurrence. The farm is home to Ridgebury Riders, a nonprofit organization changing the lives of individuals, primarily children, with special needs through hippotherapy, which is occupational, speech, or physical therapy done on horseback.

Topics: inspiration local volunteering Stories from the Field
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VolunteerMatch: A lifeline to nonprofits

By Jude O'Reilley on November 22, 2023

This is the time of year when volunteer coordinators are hoping for a miracle. End-of-year budgets are tight, staff may be burnt out –all while community needs mount during the holidays.  

Topics: Stories from the Field
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Exclusive Conversation with Crisis Text Line’s CEO, Dena Trujillo

By Darcy Hughes on October 23, 2023

Volunteering: The Gift That Gives Back

Q: Can you tell us about yourself and your organization, Crisis Text Line?

A: Yes. Thank you. I have been the CEO of Crisis Text Line for three years, and it's truly been a privilege to lead such an extraordinary organization that provides free and accessible mental health support through text messages.

Topics: virtual volunteering Stories from the Field Interview
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For the Love of Volunteering: A gift both given and received

By Guest Contributer on January 26, 2023

SNAPkids is a non-profit organization dedicated to enriching the lives of children with disabilities by providing community-based swimming and fitness activities. By providing volunteers with a chance to work closely with our special swimmers, we open hearts, change attitudes and create more respectful, inclusive, and just communities. Learn more at: snapkids.org

Topics: inspiration local volunteering Stories from the Field
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Tutor a child, change a life.

By Guest Contributer on January 17, 2023

School on Wheels is an organization enhancing educational opportunities for children who are experiencing homelessness from kindergarten through twelfth grade.

  • 1/3 of unhoused people are under the age of 18
  • 1:20 children in CA don’t have homes
  • 64% of children experiencing homelessness do not graduate high school
Topics: virtual volunteering inspiration local volunteering Stories from the Field
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Senior Dogs Snuggle Up For International Dog Day

By Darcy Hughes on August 25, 2022

For this International Dog Day (August 26th) we want to spotlight Lily’s Legacy Senior Dog Sanctuary, a nonprofit dedicated to the mighty task of rescuing, caring for, and rehoming large breed senior dogs. Of the dogs who come to Lily’s, 80% are from shelters and, more often than not, have suffered neglect. The organization does thorough evaluations and treatments to get them adoption ready. 

Topics: inspiration local volunteering Stories from the Field
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“Feeding others feeds my soul” Pajaro Valley Loaves and Fishes

By Darcy Hughes on July 8, 2022

An interview with Rozene Pieri Enloe, a Community and Volunteer Outreach Coordinator with Pajaro Valley Loaves and Fishes— a community-based organization dedicated to alleviating hunger in Santa Cruz County, California.

  • 40% of those served by Loaves and Fishes are children
  • Homelessness in Santa Cruz County is 5x the national average
  • With only four full-time staff members, the nonprofit relies on volunteers
Topics: Stories from the Field

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