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  • 7 Ways to Show Volunteer Appreciation Using Your Website
    by news@volunteermatch.org (Guest Contributer) on February 19, 2024 at 9:16 pm

    Taking the time to recognize volunteers is essential to increasing retention and recruiting new supporters. As your nonprofit’s online hub, your website can be an effective marketing tool for showing volunteer appreciation and engaging with volunteers year-round.

  • Sicily Volunteer Lodgings Boast Historical Roots
    by Global Volunteers on February 6, 2024 at 3:00 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 two guesthouses nestled in the historic city center; the Palazzo al Carmine and The post Sicily Volunteer Lodgings Boast Historical Roots appeared first on Global Volunteers.

  • Building a Better Future: The Importance of Volunteering as Teenagers and Young Adults
    by Emily Wood on February 2, 2024 at 3:27 pm

    The teenage and young adult years are often full of challenges as children move toward adulthood and make increasingly important decisions about their futures. During this time, teens are finding their niche in their communities, forming relationships, and developing skills that they will carry with them as adults. Volunteering with Global Volunteers during this formative The post Building a Better Future: The Importance of Volunteering as Teenagers and Young Adults appeared first on Global Volunteers.

  • Hot Take: Screen Volunteers as Early as Possible
    by jbennett@volunteermatch.org (Jennifer Bennett) on February 1, 2024 at 3:40 pm

    One of my favorite Hot Takes is the idea that being really clear and honest about what a volunteer role entails, including specific tasks, skills needed, and time commitment, will pay off by screening out more volunteers who are not the right fit early on.

  • Beyond Tourist Trails: A Volunteer’s Journey of Cultural Immersion in Sicily
    by Millie Pinakoulaki on February 1, 2024 at 12:53 am

    The curiosity of meeting new people and sharing knowledge with young minds, combined with her desire to visit the land that her paternal grandparents were born led Gail Licciardello, a retired Occupational Therapy Professor from Maine to serve with Global Volunteers in Sicily, Italy.  In this blog post, Gail generously shares her reflections on the The post Beyond Tourist Trails: A Volunteer’s Journey of Cultural Immersion in Sicily appeared first on Global Volunteers.

  • Crafting an Effective Online Presence with Google Ad Grants
    by news@volunteermatch.org (Guest Contributer) on January 30, 2024 at 5:49 pm

    Volunteers are an essential part of your nonprofit, putting in the work needed to run your programs, launch fundraisers, and keep your organization up and running. But how can nonprofits connect with volunteers in the digital age?

  • 10 Conversation Starters That Spark Volunteer Stories
    by news@volunteermatch.org (Guest Contributer) on January 30, 2024 at 5:07 pm

    Guest Contributor: Carly Euler, Marketing Manager at MemoryFox Nonprofits that are looking to tell impactful volunteer stories must channel their inner interviewer by asking the best questions that will elicit the best stories which will ultimately lead to the best content. But not every volunteer is a natural-born storyteller. Therefore, asking the right questions can make a real difference in getting that memorable, shareable content you need.

  • 3 Storytelling Strategies to Boost Volunteer Recruitment
    by news@volunteermatch.org (Guest Contributer) on January 30, 2024 at 5:02 pm

    Guest Contributor: Carly Euler, Marketing Manager at MemoryFoxYour volunteers are the heartbeat of your organization - each with their own unique experiences and perspectives about why your mission resonates with them. And whether you’re a nonprofit who is just starting out, or you have a regimented volunteer program in place, it’s always helpful to keep your doors open to new faces willing to provide their time and talents.

  • 40 YEARS OF VOLUNTEER SERVICE WORLDWIDE! 
    by Global Volunteers on January 26, 2024 at 3:00 pm

    It started by four people who had a simple idea, about waging peace . . .   In the past 40 years, Global Volunteers has mobilized over 39,000 volunteers to serve children and families in partner communities in 36 countries on six continents. We know that direct, hands-on service cultivates mutual understanding and respect, and helps build The post 40 YEARS OF VOLUNTEER SERVICE WORLDWIDE!  appeared first on Global Volunteers.

  • 4 Types of Volunteer Stories that Inspire, Recruit & Retain
    by news@volunteermatch.org (Guest Contributer) on January 25, 2024 at 4:34 pm

    Guest Contributor: Carly Euler, Marketing Manager at MemoryFox Oftentimes, we think of nonprofit storytelling as capturing the experiences of those benefiting from the nonprofit’s programs, and using those testimonials to raise funds. While it's indisputable that these stories serve as a compelling means to humanize your nonprofit’s mission, they may not fully encapsulate the remarkable impact your organization is making.

  • Telling Great Volunteer Stories
    by news@volunteermatch.org (Guest Contributer) on January 25, 2024 at 4:25 pm

    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.

  • Loyola Students’ Embrace of Service Learning Offers Model of Effective Volunteering
    by Michele Gran on January 2, 2024 at 3:48 pm

    High school students from Loyola Blakefield School in Towson, Maryland partnered with Global Volunteers on the Blackfeet Reservation of Montana in 2022 and 2023 to apply their school’s values to people’s real-life needs. Read on to learn how our working relationships with schools create enduring service-learning partnerships. It’s been a long day of service, and The post Loyola Students’ Embrace of Service Learning Offers Model of Effective Volunteering appeared first on Global Volunteers.

  • Why Virtual Volunteering is the Future & A Few Opportunities to Get You Started
    by news@volunteermatch.org (Guest Contributer) on December 29, 2023 at 4:25 pm

    Guest Contributor: Joanna TangerFor many people, working remotely has become a way of life. The pandemic changed how we work, with 57% of those currently working remotely stating that they had rarely or never worked from home prior to 2020. While the increase in working remotely originated from safety concerns during the pandemic, today’s workers cite a preference for remote work as their driving influence rather than health concerns.

  • Christmas & New Years’ Traditions In Greece!
    by Sam Pinakoulaki on December 25, 2023 at 9:00 pm

    Christmas (Xristouyenna- Christouyenna), meaning “the birth of Christ,” is one of the most important celebrations within the Greek Orthodox church. Traditions vary depending on which region or Island one is from. Here are a few of the popular traditions celebrated in Greece as reported by Greece Country Manager Sam Pinakoulaki: Kalikantzari During the 12-day period The post Christmas & New Years’ Traditions In Greece! appeared first on Global Volunteers.

  • Magical Moments: The Story of Ridgebury Riders
    by dhughes@volunteermatch.org (Darcy Hughes) on December 22, 2023 at 2:56 pm

    “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.