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  • New Puerto Rico Service Program Supports Country’s Future Leaders
    by Michele Gran on August 10, 2022 at 5:35 pm

    As a commonwealth of the United States, Puerto Rico is a popular destination for Americans seeking an “international” vacation close to home. As an island in the Caribbean Sea, Puerto Rico is also an unfortunate target for destructive maritime storms. The damage of Hurricanes Maria and Irma in 2017 is still widely visible. In the farthest The post New Puerto Rico Service Program Supports Country’s Future Leaders appeared first on Global Volunteers.

  • Family Volunteer Account of Serving in Poland: “Ukrainians Ask Only That We Don’t Look Away”
    by Maggie Bjorklund on August 5, 2022 at 3:09 pm

    When the war broke out in Ukraine, Adam and Amy Robinson of Virginia knew they wanted to do something to help Ukrainians. Having served in Ecuador in 2017 with their two sons, Reed (now age 14) and Clayton (age 12), they say they knew that Global Volunteers’ service program in Poland would provide a meaningful The post Family Volunteer Account of Serving in Poland: “Ukrainians Ask Only That We Don’t Look Away” appeared first on Global Volunteers.

  • Breastfeeding Workshop a Tenet of RCP Mothers Education
    by Maggie Bjorklund on August 4, 2022 at 5:07 pm

    Decades of evidence indicates that there is nothing better for a mother and her baby’s well-being than exclusive breastfeeding. But for several reasons, many parents make other choices, especially in struggling communities around the world. Global Volunteers promotes breastfeeding through the Reaching Children’s Potential (RCP) Program in the Ukwega Ward of Tanzania as a way The post Breastfeeding Workshop a Tenet of RCP Mothers Education appeared first on Global Volunteers.

  • Ripples Far and Wide: Family’s Service Program was “Just What they Needed” after COVID
    by Maggie Bjorklund on July 29, 2022 at 8:10 pm

    In the fifth of a series of “Ripple Effect” stories, a volunteer referral led physician and mother of two, Laura Lee Swan, to a needed change for her family from their “Covid funk.” Following a Google link and social media search, she found Global Volunteer Tenley Zinke, who recommended volunteering on the Blackfeet Reservation in The post Ripples Far and Wide: Family’s Service Program was “Just What they Needed” after COVID appeared first on Global Volunteers.

  • Peru RCP Program Begins in Target Communities with Child Measurements
    by Michele Gran on July 26, 2022 at 11:12 pm

    In early 2022, Global Volunteers’ Peru staff began outreach in the sandy, hilly district of Ventanilla to assess the needs of families and children to lay the foundation for the Reaching Children’s Potential Program (RCP) in Peru. This is an expansion of our existing Peru Service Program – in partnership with Sagrada Familia – Global The post Peru RCP Program Begins in Target Communities with Child Measurements appeared first on Global Volunteers.

  • Mother and Daughter Bond on Greece “Service Adventure”
    by Sam Pinakoulaki on July 19, 2022 at 10:29 pm

    University student Emmanuelle Dulac was born with the “volunteer bug.” For as long as she can remember, she’s been an active volunteer in her home town of Québec, Canada. But she began looking for more; a chance to help others while experiencing a new culture. An internet search in March, 2022 brought her to the The post Mother and Daughter Bond on Greece “Service Adventure” appeared first on Global Volunteers.

  • “Feeding others feeds my soul” Pajaro Valley Loaves and Fishes
    by dhughes@volunteermatch.org (Darcy Hughes) on July 8, 2022 at 3:33 pm

    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

  • Texas Volunteer Pens Poignant Reflections on Serving on the Border
    by Maggie Bjorklund on July 1, 2022 at 8:52 pm

    Laurie Sunderland volunteered in San Juan, Texas on the U.S.-Mexico border on her first service program with Global Volunteers in April this year after having met Global Volunteers while traveling and volunteering abroad. In her blog post, originally posted on her personal blog, Laurie reflects on her week in service, saying she mostly remembers the The post Texas Volunteer Pens Poignant Reflections on Serving on the Border appeared first on Global Volunteers.

  • The Road To Good
    by dhughes@volunteermatch.org (Darcy Hughes) on July 1, 2022 at 5:57 pm

    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.

  • New Refugee Program Engages Global Volunteers in Crete
    by Sam Pinakoulaki on June 29, 2022 at 4:41 pm

    In early 2016, Global Volunteers Crete teams were called upon by local authorities to help meet the needs of the sudden large influx of Syrian refugees to Greece. Volunteers worked packaging and sorting donated clothing and preparing boxes for shipping to Athens. Since then, more than a million refugees and migrants have traveled across Greece. Today, Greece The post New Refugee Program Engages Global Volunteers in Crete appeared first on Global Volunteers.

  • International Community Development Profile: Tobadina Kahemela Family
    by Maggie Bjorklund on June 24, 2022 at 6:00 pm

    In this series, families in the Reaching Children’s Potential (RCP) Demonstration Program in Tanzania explain how their participation improves their lives. Global Volunteers’ RCP Program engages short-term volunteers to help parents deliver essential services improving health, eradicating hunger, and enhancing cognition – with the goal of eliminating child stunting in the Ukwega Ward and throughout The post International Community Development Profile: Tobadina Kahemela Family appeared first on Global Volunteers.

  • “Peace is a Luxury;” Volunteer’s Lessons From Ukrainian Refugees in Poland
    by Michele Gran on June 22, 2022 at 6:49 pm

    First-time Global Volunteer Pam Ballard said she couldn’t have correctly anticipated the impact of working one-on-one with Ukrainian refugee families in Poland. And now, she’s not certain she can adequately describe the impact the experience has had in her own life. Back at work as CEO of Community Service Council in Tulsa, OK, her understanding The post “Peace is a Luxury;” Volunteer’s Lessons From Ukrainian Refugees in Poland appeared first on Global Volunteers.

  • How to Volunteer: 5 Simple Steps to Finding Meaning & Making a Difference
    by egabe@volunteermatch.org (Elysia Gabe) on May 31, 2022 at 10:37 pm

    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!

  • 9 Quotes To Inspire Your Volunteers (And Yourself!)
    by news@volunteermatch.org (Tess Srebro) on May 26, 2022 at 3:13 pm

    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!

  • Watch The Color of Care and Take Action
    by dhughes@volunteermatch.org (Darcy Hughes) on May 5, 2022 at 8:34 pm

    The Color of Care, from executive producer Oprah Winfrey, takes a hard look at the origins and ongoing disparities of embedded racism in our healthcare system. This timely documentary interweaves history, data and testimony from those who lost loved ones to COVID-19 and frontline medical workers in overwhelmed hospitals.