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  • Pledge to volunteer in the new year!
    by dhughes@volunteermatch.org (Darcy Hughes) on December 7, 2022 at 5:22 pm

    One thing I have learned as a marketer on a small team is that making content that serves multiple audiences or multiple purposes is invaluable. The same goes for our efforts in life. We only have limited energy and hours in the day so we need to be efficient—this is how I approach New Year's resolutions.

  • Should you ask volunteers to donate?
    by jbennett@volunteermatch.org (Jennifer Bennett) on December 6, 2022 at 4:00 pm

    Today I wanted to share a little more about how we can blur the lines between volunteers and donors and create stronger connections with both groups. I know traditionally, many organizations keep these list separate— that Development communicates with donors and that we, as leaders of volunteers, only communicate with volunteers. But, there’s so much to gain on both sides when we think about collaboration! 

  • 3 Ways to Boost Your Volunteer Recruitment on Giving Tuesday
    by jbennett@volunteermatch.org (Jennifer Bennett) on November 16, 2022 at 4:17 pm

    Giving Tuesday is kicking off the holiday giving season again this year, and while organizations encourage their supporters to give financially, many are also interested in the gift of time! If you haven’t included volunteer recruitment into your Giving Tuesday strategy in the past, here are three easy ways to get ready before November 29th.

  • The Process was Magic: How a Creative, Skills-Based Volunteer Opportunity Became a Documentary Short
    by dhughes@volunteermatch.org (Darcy Hughes) on November 14, 2022 at 3:37 pm

    In 2020, Cedar Schimke, Executive Director of Slow Food Minnesota, posted an opportunity on VolunteerMatch, seeking creative volunteers to tell her organization's story. At the same time, filmmaker Kish Daniels was looking on VolunteerMatch for an engaging, skills-based project. He saw Cedar's posting and clicked the button, "I Want to Help," what came next was a project neither party could have expected.

  • Inspire the Next Generation of Entrepreneurs by Volunteering
    by news@volunteermatch.org (Guest Contributer) on November 8, 2022 at 10:33 pm

    Guest post by Ed Grocholski, Junior Achievement USA November is National Entrepreneurship Month. It is a celebration of those visionaries who strike out on their own to start and build businesses that meet customer needs while benefiting the community as a whole.

  • Help Improve Health and Hygiene for Peruvian Children
    by Global Volunteers on November 1, 2022 at 4:23 pm

    In the dusty hills of the district of Ventanilla, north of Lima, Peru, the community of Sagrada Familia houses and educates some 250 children living away from their families. During the school year, Sagrada Familia also is a school for more than 1,000 kindergarten, primary and secondary school students from the surrounding favelas. Part of The post Help Improve Health and Hygiene for Peruvian Children appeared first on Global Volunteers.

  • Why I Give: Helping Developing Communities Become Self-Sustaining
    by Michele Gran on October 29, 2022 at 4:14 pm

    Hairston Foundation CEO Roosevelt Hairston and his daughter, Sophia, say Global Volunteers’ Reaching Children’s Potential Program (RCP) in Tanzania reflects their commitment to advance self-determination for rural Tanzanian communities. As team members, they witnessed the long-range vision of ending childhood stunting and improving families’ health and nutrition. Read on to learn about their personal and The post Why I Give: Helping Developing Communities Become Self-Sustaining appeared first on Global Volunteers.

  • Your Guide to Volunteer Travel in Peru
    by Millie Pinakoulaki on October 25, 2022 at 4:23 pm

    Diego Acosta was born in Arequipa, in the south of Peru. At age three, his family moved to Lima, where he was raised and attended school. He became Global Volunteers’ team leader in 2022, after serving as our English translator for four years. In cooperation with our community partners in Peru, Diego leads all teams serving at Sagrada The post Your Guide to Volunteer Travel in Peru appeared first on Global Volunteers.

  • Cultivating Cross-Cultural Conversations in a Cuban Garden
    by Sam Pinakoulaki on October 22, 2022 at 3:50 pm

    Iowa Development Director and Global Volunteers Alumna Ann Sweeney has found a familiar second “home” in Ciego de Ávila, our partner community in Cuba, which will again host volunteers after a nearly three-year pandemic suspension. On her last service program in 2018, Ann rekindled connections with “old friends” in a community garden, where team members The post Cultivating Cross-Cultural Conversations in a Cuban Garden appeared first on Global Volunteers.

  • Students Discover Power in Partnership
    by Michele Gran on October 19, 2022 at 3:15 pm

    Global Volunteers’ Reaching Children’s Potential (RCP) Program benefits from a range of carefully nurtured partnerships in the USA and Tanzania. Two such partners are the University of Central Missouri (UCM), which facilitates scholarships for 12 students each year to participate on one of our service programs, and Rise Against Hunger (RAH) which supplies the fortified The post Students Discover Power in Partnership appeared first on Global Volunteers.

  • Your Guide to Volunteer Travel in the Cook Islands
    by Sam Pinakoulaki on October 15, 2022 at 4:29 pm

    James Puati and his wife, Debi, both New Zealand-born-and-raised Cook Islanders, moved to their ancestral home of Rarotonga in 2003 with their two children, Samantha and Jordan, to immerse their family in their Cook Islands heritage. Now with three grandchildren (mokopuna) and extended family on the island, they retain ties with their birth country through friends and The post Your Guide to Volunteer Travel in the Cook Islands appeared first on Global Volunteers.

  • Sicily Volunteer Lodging Boasts Historical Roots
    by Global Volunteers on October 13, 2022 at 2:48 pm

    We always strive to provide secure, comfortable lodging in all partner communities; a bonus is sometimes, the building where we stay also is culturally and historically significant to the area. Such is the case in Castelvetrano, Sicily, where volunteers are lodged in the Palazzo al Carmine, a celebrated landmark with a noble backstory. Sicily Country The post Sicily Volunteer Lodging Boasts Historical Roots appeared first on Global Volunteers.

  • Why I Give: This Was a Chance to Help Others
    by Maggie Bjorklund on October 10, 2022 at 6:56 pm

    Geri Espy of Clearwater Beach, Florida said the Russian invasion of Ukraine motivated her to help however she could. As a Global Volunteer alumna in Poland in 2003 and in Montana in 2013, she felt we offered a reliable avenue for appropriate support. Geri also knew that the needs were great in Poland with an The post Why I Give: This Was a Chance to Help Others appeared first on Global Volunteers.

  • Senior Prom celebrates life, love, and legacies of resistance for LGBTQ+ retirees
    by news@volunteermatch.org (Guest Contributer) on October 4, 2022 at 5:46 pm

    Guest Post by Luisa Conlon, Director of Senior Prom As we celebrate National LGBTQ+ History Month this October, we can work together to raise up the experiences and voices of our LGBTQ+ elders, and learn about the sacrifices so many of them made to get us here.

  • 11 Ways to Support More Diverse Communities and Workplaces
    by ehalley@volunteermatch.org (Erin Halley) on September 30, 2022 at 12:00 pm

    Published 10/6/21 and updated on 9/30/22 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!