Upcoming Service Event – MLK Day 2011 is Monday, 1/17

It’s time to start preparing for the impactful King Day of Service, a powerful and important day established by Congress in 1994 to honor the legacy of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. By transforming the holiday in his name into a day of civic engagement and volunteer commitment across the nation, companies and individuals have the opportunity to demonstrate their appreciation for the actions and life of Dr. King. The King Day of Service will take place on January 17, 2011. Make plans today to get your employees engaged in local volunteering. [...]

After Haiti: What Your Employee Volunteer Program Can Do

According to the U.S. Chamber of Commerce\'s Business Civic Leadership Center, within a week of the Haiti earthquake, more than 120 firms had pledged some $106 million in aid for the beleaguered nation – including cash, in-kind contributions, employee-matching campaigns, and customer-engagement. How can your company help? While it’s not advisable to form a response team and rush headlong to the Caribbean, there are plenty of other things your company [...]

Conference Recap: Reflections on the 2010 National Conference

It\'s been a few weeks but we\'re still buzzing about this year\'s National Conference on Volunteering and Service – and not just from all the ice cream! This year\'s event was the biggest ever, and it was set in the Big Apple. In between appearances and performances by big names in entertainment and politics, there was a tremendous number of sessions and social events for business leaders who are engaged in volunteer programs. So no wonder it made a big impact on VolunteerMatch, our clients and partners who went, and a cast of 6,000 other conference-goers [...]

Slim Rise in U.S. Volunteer Rates No Match for Huge Rise in Federal Spending on Volunteering

If no news is good news during tough times, then even slightly optimistic news is a beacon of hope, right? That\'s what the results of the Bureau of Labor Statistics\' latest report on U.S. volunteer rates suggest, says the Corporation for National and Community Service. The $1.15 billion federal agency is promoting the BLS figures this week. But despite some definite improvements -- particularly in light of a severe recession -- the results should be taken with a grain of [...]

The Connected World: Web Services & The Call to Action

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Amid the current economic turmoil, a call to service and social action are inspiring communities across the US to re-engage and embrace the opportunity for change. Perhaps to a degree not seen since the dot-com explosion first introduced the Internet to much of the world, attention has turned to the role Web services can play. The conversation began during the Presidential campaign as both candidates invoked volunteering and service as a core element of their platforms. President Obama went a step further in his campaign Web site, describing his vision for a \"craigslist for service\" [...]

A New Partnership in Education: San Francisco Unified School District Gives High School Students a Place to Volunteer

San Francisco Mayor Gavin Newsom and the San Francisco Unified School District believe that community service is an important part of a 21st century education. To support this belief, the school district has partnered with VolunteerMatch to help the city\'s students find inspiring volunteer opportunities that create learning beyond the classroom [...]