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New study spotlights volunteer rates in Jackson Heights, Sunnyside and Woodside

Jackson Heights Post, 08/08/2017
Sunnyside, Woodside, and Jackson Heights are the focus of a new study released by NYC Service. Read the full article »

After Election, More New Yorkers Tell Volunteer Groups, ‘I Can Help’

New York Times, 07/21/2017
Organizations  in New York that depend on volunteers reported increases in volunteers this year, and traffic on a volunteering website maintained by the city has risen 20 percent in the past six months. Read the full article »

Stipends are not the right decision when serving as a volunteer

Crestwell Chronicle, 07/20/2017
A monthly stipend as compensation for a position that has been a volunteer position is inappropriate. Read the full article »

Paid, volunteer staff combination became only option for station

Daily Item, 07/01/2017
 A decline in volunteerism nationwide has created the need for combination or all-paid fire and ambulance squads. Read the full article »

Minnesotans show a passion for volunteering

Fox 9 News, 06/28/2017
Year after year Minnesota is consistently ranked first or second in the country when it comes to volunteerism.  Read the full article »

Biglaw firm will pay associates to take a day off and volunteer

Above the Law, 06/14/2017
For some firms there’s nothing more important than giving back to their community. Read the full article »

How Community Involvement Programs Can Grow Your Business

Forbes, 06/08/2017
Whether it’s by sponsoring or taking part in community programs, or by enabling employee volunteerism, companies that encourage involvement in the community stand out among their peers and see multiple benefits as a result, such as a happier workforce or a more loyal customer base. Read the full article »

Trump’s Budget, Breaking Tradition, Seeks Cuts to Service Programs

New York Times, 05/25/2017
Mr. Trump’s “orderly shutdown” of the Corporation for National and Community Service has the goal of “returning responsibility to fund national service and volunteerism to the private and nonprofit sectors,” according to the Trump budget. Read the full article »

The one thing that intuitive volunteer managers do well

Twenty Hats, 05/23/2017
If you seek the cooperation of others, start with your own trustworthiness.
Read the full article »

National Volunteer Week: Service is What Unites

Nonprofit Quarterly, 04/27/2017
Next week marks National Volunteer Week, a time when the nonprofit sector extends its heartfelt gratitude to the more than 25 percent of adults in the U.S. who volunteer their time and talents to keep a variety of missions moving forward.  Read the full article »

Environmental Groups Are Too White

Huffington Post, 04/21/2017
Here’s how they can recruit volunteers of color. Read the full article »

Connecting Veterans Through Volunteerism

Huffington Post, 04/03/2017
National Volunteer Month represents a time to celebrate not only the meaningful contributions volunteers make to communities and organizations, but also ways giving back can benefit volunteers themselves – especially veterans who have dedicated their lives to serving others. Read the full article »

Proposed budget cuts for 2017 include AIDS, AmeriCorps programs

CNN, 03/30/2017
The proposal calls for cuts to AmeriCorps and from a related program called Senior Corps.
"It is not a core function of the federal government to promote volunteerism, and therefore, these programs should be eliminated," the Trump administration wrote. Read the full article »

Millennial volunteerism sought

Cleveland Banner, 03/16/2017
There are a lot of millennials who have great hearts and care about people, but who just don’t know about what they can do in the community. Read the full article »

Where Are The Volunteers?

MInnesota Public Radio News, 03/13/2017
The Food Shelf in Hibbing is closing for good this month. It's run out of volunteers. Read the full article »

Build the Change You Want to See

Huffington Post, 03/01/2017
Across the country a wave of civic participation is capturing Americans’ interest and driving them to find ways to engage with and improve their community’s futures. Read the full article »

5 Questions You Need To Ask Before Volunteering Abroad

Huffington Post, 02/27/2017
How do you make sure you get the most out of your trip and ensure the projects you’re working on make a real difference? Read the full article »

Refugees Welcome. Volunteers Embrace Congolese Family.

New York Times, 01/31/2017
Volunteers assist with the resettlement of families in New York. 
Read the full article »

Choosing Social Causes That Make Sense For Your Company

Forbes, 01/16/2017
Business leaders know that their companies need to give back through volunteering and giving, and they do. But they’re not always sure where their companies should give back. Read the full article »

How and why you should build out your volunteer program

New York Nonprofit Media, 01/13/2017
There is great potential for growth in volunteerism throughout the city. Read the full article »

How To Stay Young Forever

Forbes, 01/08/2017
Are you ready for the Purposeful Aging Movement? Read the full article »

New App Helps People in NYC Volunteer When They Have Free Time

ABC7NY, 01/05/2017
A new app aims to help New Yorkers put their free time to good use. Read the full article »

An Immigrants Instinct to Aid Others Collides With Financial Need

New York Times, 01/01/2017
Immigrants committed to helping others, but without collecting a paycheck. Read the full article »

A Retirement Plan with Less Golf But More Satisfaction

New York Times, 12/12/2016
The concept of retirement is completely out of date. Read the full article »

Volunteerism Is Essential For Achieving The Global Goals

Huffington Post, 12/05/2016
Volunteering gives global citizens a tangible way to contribute to education, health, governance, sustainable livelihoods, security and peace, environment, gender equality and social inclusion. Read the full article »

Volunteerism: a beacon of hope in troubling times?

Huffington Post, 12/02/2016
Volunteers are the very best amongst us and their actions should - and must - inspire us all to play a part in our global community. Read the full article »

There is no excuse for volunteer managers to feel isolated

Third Sector, 11/01/2016
With email, broadband and Skype, you can easily keep abreast of what's going on internationally. Read the full article »

Why Wealthy Donors Give, and What They Expect: U.S. Trust Survey

Think Advisor, 10/26/2016

Half of wealthy individuals in the study volunteered their time and talents last year to charitable organizations they cared about, twice the rate of the general population.

Read the full article »

Volunteering for a trail crew? Theres an app for that

Summit Daily, 10/14/2016
Volunteers for Outdoor Colorado (VOC) has launched a mobile application, called YourCO, designed to enhance and transform the experience of caring for Colorado’s natural resources, according to a release from the Denver-based nonprofit. Read the full article »

Hillary Clinton Calls for New National Service Reserve

Fortune, 09/30/2016
Democratic presidential candidate proposed a new program on Friday aimed at expanding national service volunteer opportunities–for young Americans in particular. Read the full article »

Why the best volunteers can get burned by burnout

San Luis Tribune, 09/21/2016
“The best volunteers are usually the ones most prone to burnout. That's because they’re so dedicated, they often fail to take mental health breaks or ask for help. And because they’re so dedicated, organizations often pile more and more responsibility on them.”
Read the full article »

After a Lifetime of Constant Volunteering, Im Burnt Out

The Globe and Mail, 09/16/2016
I am a serial volunteer. And it’s wearing me down. Read the full article »

Let actress Yvette Nicole Brown inspire you to volunteer

Los Angeles Times, 08/26/2016
With her newly launched website, Brown, 45, seeks to be a “champion of kindness”: She is an outspoken proponent of volunteerism and encourages others in the entertainment industry to get involved in causes that benefit humanity at large. Read the full article »

Olympic Volunteers Are Overworked, Underfed And Quitting

Huffington Post, 08/16/2016
The International Olympic Committee acknowledges the games would be all but impossible were it not for the significant unpaid volunteer effort. Yet the standards for volunteerism are far from evenly applied. Read the full article »

Points of Light and The Walt Disney Company Call for Daily Point of Light Award Nominations for Families

Points of Light press release, 08/11/2016
Points of Light and The Walt Disney Company will celebrate the impact of family volunteering across the nation by honoring exemplary family volunteers with a Daily Point of Light Award. Read the full article »

Do Volunteer Drivers Deserve Protection From Lawsuits?

Huffington Post, 08/01/2016
Nearly 20 years ago, Congress passed a good Samaritan law to promote volunteerism by protecting people who volunteer for nonprofits from liability — and many states modeled their own good Samaritan laws on it. But the federal law doesn’t include volunteers operating a motor vehicle. Read the full article »

Summer Break: A Great Time For Young People To Discover The Joy Of Giving Back

Huffington Post, 07/25/2016
Summer is the perfect time for kids to discover what they’re passionate about and learn they can make a difference by volunteering. Read the full article »

Programs plea: Set aside an hour on set day next week for volunteering

Omaha World-Herald, 07/14/2016
The volunteer effort known as 24 Hours of Impact has been scheduled for July 22. Read the full article »

In a Digital Society, In Real Life (IRL) Community Still Matters

Huffington Post, 07/01/2016
America is a nation of dreamers and doers, a country shaped and propelled forward by visionaries banding together to promote social good and create meaningful change. Volunteerism has always been at the core of who we are.  Read the full article »

Why Volunteering Is The Single Most Overlooked Skill On Resumes

Fast Company, 06/16/2016
A new report from Deloitte found that hiring managers value volunteering, but many candidates don't mention their experience. Read the full article »

STEM Volunteerism for the 21st Century

Huffington Post, 06/09/2016
Skills-based volunteerism (SBV) allows virtually any employee to be a STEM volunteer and contribute their particular expertise and knowledge to solve a problem and build capacity for both STEM and non-STEM organizations. Read the full article »

Corporations need to avoid the ethical blindspots of volunteerism

London School of Economics and Political Science, 05/25/2016
PR managers play a key role in ensuring that staff stands to gain from volunteering. Read the full article »

What Makes Wikipedias Volunteer Editors Volunteer?

Scientific American, 05/12/2016
The enormous cost of labor alone would threaten the viability of Wikipedia if the non-profit had to pay its staff, but contributions are made almost entirely by volunteers. So, if such a valuable resource is run by people who work for free, why do they do it? Read the full article »

Hoping to Help Questions Value of Volunteers

New York Times, 04/25/2016
The number of health care volunteers heading from developed to developing countries has soared in recent years, with commentators straggling behind debating the merits of the stampede.
Read the full article »

How our world would turn to chaos without dedicated volunteers

Seattle Times, 04/21/2016
What would happen if the countless legions of faithful volunteers simply went away? Read the full article »

U.S. Volunteer Time Worth $188 Billion

The NonProfit Times, 04/14/2016
The value of volunteers’ time hit a record high in 2015, an estimated $23.56 per hour nationwide. Read the full article »

Volunteerism can help you kickstart your career

Forbes, 04/14/2016
Building credibility is one of the biggest challenges we face in the job market.  One of the best strategies to building credibility early on is volunteering. Read the full article »

7 Things To Know For Impact Volunteering

The NonProfit Times, 04/04/2016
Nonprofit volunteering usually involves a warm and fuzzy feeling somewhere along the line, but warm and fuzzy won’t work if volunteers are not getting a feeling of making a real difference, of really contributing. Read the full article »

The Voluntourists Dilemma

New York Times, 03/22/2016
If smart, dedicated professionals can fail to achieve lasting progress over a period of years, how then is an untrained vacationer supposed to do so in a matter of days? Read the full article »

Volunteering and Social Cohesion in Germany

Huffington Post, 03/03/2016
Human connection is an important part of healing after a disaster and will be an important part of the integration that needs to happen in Germany and many other European countries affected by the refugee crisis. German volunteers are leading by example in more ways than one. Read the full article »

Games for Change and American Express launch game to save our national parks

Venture Beat, 03/01/2016

Nonprofit group Games for Change and American Express have teamed up to create Save the Park, a mobile game that encourages people to volunteer in national parks.

Read the full article »

The U.S. volunteer rate is at its lowest level in 14 years; why that is not a cause for alarm

Deseret News, 02/26/2016
The U.S. volunteer rate has hit its lowest level in 14 years, according to a new report from the Bureau of Labor Statistics, declining from 25.3 percent in 2014 to 24.9 percent in 2015. Read the full article »

Can volunteerism mend the growing rift between Seattles thriving tech community and those in need?

Geek Wire, 02/18/2016
While the greater Seattle area’s tech boom is creating high-paying jobs and spurring innovation, leaders and locals are increasingly worried that the influx of wealth and new residents are creating a widening chasm between those who can afford to live and work in the Emerald City and those who can’t. Read the full article »

Real compassion in college admissions

New York Times, 02/06/2016
The recommendations released last month by a Harvard Graduate School of Education project called Making Caring Common suggest that kids take fewer Advanced Placement courses, that colleges should think about making the SAT and the ACT optional, and that all students should participate in what it calls “meaningful” community service activities. Read the full article »

Volunteers as Global Citizens: Evolution of Volunteerism in the SDG Era, Part Two

Huffington Post, 02/01/2016
UNV and the China Volunteer Federation recently brought a group of Middle Income Countries (MICS) together to debate the merits of Volunteering for the Sustainable Development Goals (#V4SDGs). A consensus emerged among the countries participating that international volunteering can take on completely new significance for the MICS as volunteer providers. Read the full article »

America Does Not Have Enough Volunteers

Huffington Post, 01/31/2016
Most of us don't have the big extra dollars to help out our favorite charities. So the vast majority of Americans need to help by volunteering their services instead. Read the full article »

Volunteers as Global Citizens: Evolution of Volunteerism in the SDG Era

Huffington Post, 01/18/2016
With the creation of the new Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs), the questions of universality of certain United Nations mandates has been given new prominence. Read the full article »

What Does MLK National Day of Service Mean to Us?

Huffington Post, 01/14/2016
U.S. Congress designated MLK Day as a National Day of Service in 1994. And rightly so as Dr. King's message was clear, "Life's most persistent and urgent question is, 'What are you doing for others?" Read the full article »

Snapshot: Winter volunteerism, outdoor-style

Chicago Tribune, 01/07/2016
Each month, subscribers to an email blast read an appeal looking to recruit nature lovers who converge at that corner to tackle buckthorn and other hard-to-corral invasive plants. Read the full article »

Only 19 Percent of New Yorkers Volunteer in Their Communities

My Twin Tiers, 12/23/2015
As the holiday season spotlights acts of kindness, a new federal study shows New York ranked last in the nation in volunteerism. Read the full article »

Myanmars Giving Dumps U.S. Out Of First Place

Non Profit Times, 12/17/2015
A decrease in rate of monetary giving and kindness to strangers has bumped the United States off of its perch atop the World Giving Index.  Read the full article »

The Business of Volunteerism

Huffington Post, 12/08/2015
Keeping employees satisfied and fulfilled is crucial to a company's growth and stability; some of the most successful companies are also the most socially responsible. Read the full article »

Volunteerism Rate Inches Downward to New Low

The Chronicle of Philanthropy, 12/08/2015
Adults in the United States volunteered in 2014 at the lowest rate since the federal government began collecting such data 13 years ago. Read the full article »

International volunteer day highlights the power of giving back

Forbes, 12/03/2015
Amidst the consumerism that tends to envelop us during the holidays, December has also become a time when we’re asked to consider the importance of donating our time, talent and treasure to the betterment of the world.  Read the full article »

A call to volunteerism

Almanac Weekly, 11/25/2015
One aspect of American society that is truly exceptional is our habits of philanthropy and volunteerism. Read the full article »

Is V4SDGs real?

Huffington Post, 11/09/2015
Volunteerism brings concepts of sustainable development closer to people and their communities. When people volunteer their time and energy, they bring with them enthusiasm and passion to change things for the better. Read the full article »

Charitable Giving Up Worldwide, Down in the U.S., Survey States

Chronicle of Philanthropy, 11/09/2015
The United States retained the index’s designation as the most generous country in the developed world, with relatively high marks in helping strangers (third place) and volunteerism (sixth place). Read the full article »

This Is the Best Bang for Your Volunteering Buck

Huffington Post, 10/29/2015
This time in October is when volunteer leaders honor the power of pro bono, a global campaign that celebrates and activates pro bono service across all professions that use their talents to make a difference.  Read the full article »

Millennial Expectations Transform Employee Engagement

Huffington Post, 10/28/2015
While incorporating purpose into one's professional life, outside the walls of the company itself, isn't necessarily new, the idea of emphasizing and integrating with a more formalized approach demands a bit of a re-set -- in a good way. Read the full article »

Helping others shouldnt have to come with a thank you

The Washington Post, 10/27/2015
What if you are trying to help others and they don’t appear to be grateful? Read the full article »

Make A Difference Day to benefit communities across country

USA Today, 10/24/2015
"Make A Difference Day" has become the nation's largest day of volunteering and continues to make an impact in communities across the country. Read the full article »

BP Adams Launches 10,000 Concerned Brooklynites to Link Like-Minded Residents with Volunteerism Opportunities

Brooklyn Reader, 10/15/2015
Ten Thousand Concerned Brooklynites is a volunteer recruitment effort to identify, organize, and unite Brooklyn residents from all walks of life to build a movement of volunteerism. Read the full article »

Should We Compel Volunteerism?

Atlanta Journal Constitution , 10/07/2015
Volunteering our time and donating money to moral causes is part of America’s DNA.  Read the full article »

Catholic Charities leader: Pope\’s message prompts more volunteerism

Daily Herald, 09/23/2015
Pope Francis' message of hope, healing and mercy is inspiring people to go into the trenches and help those suffering. Read the full article »

Volunteering abroad from the laptop in your home office

In The Black, 09/15/2015
The digital age has brought with it a new wave of volunteerism, one where charitable professionals can make a difference from the comfort of their offices. Read the full article »

Volunteers rush to aid migrants in Europe but will the goodwill last?

Christian Science Monitor, 09/09/2015
Countries like Hungary and Greece do not have a history of volunteerism. But many have stepped forward to help amid a lack of state aid. Read the full article »

Opening my home to refugees has been humbling and eye-opening

The Guardian, 09/08/2015
For years we’ve hosted strangers – it’s not going to solve the migration crisis but it is a practical way to show compassion. Read the full article »

Volunteers Can Help Lead the Changes Required to Achieve the Sustainable Development Goals

Huffington Post, 08/28/2015
In a few weeks, governments meeting at the UN General Assembly will endorse the 17 proposed sustainable development goals. Once this stage is passed, the focus will be on ensuring implementation and taking the discussion on targets and benchmarks for success to national and subnational levels. Attention to volunteers and volunteerism, as a critical component of the means of implementation, will be essential. Read the full article »

Repay Your Student Loans by Doing Volunteer Work

Big Think, 08/14/2015
Student loans have a direct effect on the willingness to volunteer, since graduates cannot afford to spend time doing free work. Read the full article »

Gap Year Volunteering: How To Do It Right

The Guardian, 08/13/2015
With so many organisations offering volunteering placements abroad, it’s not easy to determine which project might be the most ethical, sustainable, or be the most beneficial – for both the targeted communities and the volunteers.  Read the full article »

Generosity: it is a simple way to stay healthier

Chicago Tribune, 08/06/2015
Study after study has shown that, all other physical factors being equal, your mind and body will be healthier if you freely help others.  Read the full article »

Good Neighbor Center aims to steer volunteers where theyre needed

Post Gazette, 07/26/2015
As the new chief volunteer engagement officer at United Way, Ms. Martin, 47, is charged with developing the center by creating partnerships between corporations, nonprofits, schools, universities, churches and other organizations seeking to connect volunteers with recurring, meaningful projects that will have long-term impact on the region. Read the full article »

What Does an Ad for Volunteer Professors Portend for Nonprofit Work?

Nonprofit Quarterly, 07/23/2015
Reactions to the ad, as recounted by Rebecca Schuman for Slate, revealed how many young academics, studying for or holding Ph.D. degrees, see their careers as having to function as volunteers or quasi-volunteers in the university setting.  Read the full article »

Boomers Gone Wild as Museum Docents: Nightmare or Real Life?

Nonprofit Quarterly, 07/21/2015
Baby Boomers as volunteers is a big thing recently, and docent slots at museums seem to be hot placements for recently retired and highly educated Boomers.  Read the full article »

That Volunteer Professor Ad

Slate, 07/15/2015
The fact that so many Ph.D.s believed a “volunteer professor” ad was aimed at them says a tremendous amount about the precarious state of the American university. Read the full article »

Be Flexible When Dealing with Volunteers

Strait Times, 07/07/2015
Nonprofit leaders should undergo not only professional leadership courses, but also courses to acquire skills on effective interpersonal communication, mediation and efficient delegation of duties. Read the full article »

As jobs and pensions dwindle, Greeks turn to something new: volunteering

Christian Science Monitor, 07/02/2015
Greeks are among the least likely in Europe to do volunteer work, but economic woes have spurred growth in civil society. Some Greeks are trying to make the change permanent. Read the full article »

Reactions mixed to sweeping Pa. law on volunteers who work with children

Times Herald, 06/24/2015
While officials at many nonprofit organizations are worried that a law that takes effect July 1 will discourage volunteers so much that it may jeopardize continued operation, local school officials vary in their reactions to the new rules. Read the full article »

Can volunteerism survive 5.4% unemployment?

Fortune, 06/11/2015
As the economy improves, American’s number of charitable hours are sinking. Read the full article »

U.N. Report: Governments Failing to Harness Volunteer Power

Chronicle of Philanthropy, 06/08/2015
While more than 1 billion people donate their time for causes worldwide, many governments are not tapping the potential of volunteers. Read the full article »

A History of the Volunteer

The Guardian, 06/01/2015
For the past half-century or more, UK governments of all political shades have sought to annexe the enormous power of volunteering for a variety of ends – not always successfully. Read the full article »

Volunteers as a Key Element of Nonprofit Organizational Design

Nonprofit Quarterly, 05/18/2015
Nonprofits have an enormous capacity to function well above their budget grade with the use of volunteers, but many are so unsystematic about their recruitment and deployment that they get little of real value back. Read the full article »

New online volunteer center launched

Chillicothe Gazette, 05/16/2015
The United Way has announced the launch of the Ross County Volunteer Center, a website where volunteers can easily be connected to organizations and agencies that have volunteer needs in the community. Read the full article »

USA TODAY honors Make a Difference Day winners

USA Today, 05/06/2015
Newman's Own, in partnership with USA TODAY and Points of Light, handed out award money totaling $130,000 to 10 individuals and organizations and three charitable U.S. communities, while Gannett awarded an additional $10,000 to one All-Star Award winner.  Read the full article »

Can Volunteerism Help Depression?

The Denver Magazine, 04/23/2015
Project Helping assists individuals who struggle with depression find purpose and meaning through service to their communities.  Read the full article »

5 Ways Even Small Companies Can Give Back

Forbes, 04/14/2015
If you think your company is too small to make a big difference, my experience says that’s just not the case. Sure, large organizations like Microsoft or Dell may get much of the attention in the press, but smaller companies and their leaders have important roles to play, too.  Read the full article »

Open Humans Aims to Be the Social Network for Science Volunteerism

Bio-IT world, 04/09/2015
This March, launched Open Humans, a sort of social media site for participants in scientific studies. Backed by $1 million in grants from the John S. and James L. Knight Foundation and the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation, Open Humans aims to create a public meeting ground for citizen scientists.  Read the full article »

Volunteers are lifeblood of Final Four

Indy Star, 04/03/2015
More than 2,000 volunteers will keep the games going. Read the full article »

10 States That Volunteer The Most

Huffington Post, 03/28/2015
Nearly 63 million Americans volunteered a total of roughly 7.7 billion hours in 2013, a contribution estimated to be worth approximately $173 billion.  Read the full article »

Corporate volunteers can be a burden for nonprofits

Boston Globe, 03/25/2015
It’s the dirty truth of corporate volunteer projects: They may make good photo ops and sound virtuous in a company’s annual report, but nonprofits often dread them and suffer in silence. Read the full article »

New Denver networking site TwoNoo fosters friendship, volunteerism

The Denver Post, 03/23/2015
TwoNoo is focused on two goals: connecting people and fostering volunteerism.  Read the full article »

This App Recommends Volunteer Opportunities Based on the News You Read

Smithsonian Magazine, 03/16/2015
Ideal Impact connects people that show an interest in a particular cause with organizations that could use their help. Read the full article »

Do Not Listen to the Haters Millennials Are a Lot More Charitable Than You Would Think, 03/04/2015
When was the last time you decided to pitch in? According to the Bureau of Labor Statistics, it probably wasn't very recently. Read the full article »

Online Volunteers: Do Not Ever Call Them Virtual

The Nonprofit Times, 03/03/2015
Online volunteers can do many tasks for your organization. Just don’t call them virtual. Read the full article »

Call for Data on Volunteer Tourism

Sydney Morning Herald, 02/17/2015
A growing number of school-leavers are postponing university for a gap year, with many signing up to programs that combine international travel with volunteering in developing countries. Read the full article »

UN development goals should recognise volunteer efforts, conference told

Irish Times, 02/17/2015
The contribution of volunteers to development work and recognition for the work they carry out in communities at home and abroad must be considered in the post-2015 UN development goals, a conference in New York has heard. Read the full article »

Another Data Point for Performance Reviews: Employee Volunteering

Forbes, 02/04/2015
As corporate volunteerism becomes an increasingly important part of the work experience, companies are coming up with new ways to embrace volunteering and tie it to their bottom lines. Read the full article »

How Do We Increase Empathy

New York Times, 01/29/2015
Whatever the impact on others, volunteering may at least help the volunteer.  Read the full article »

Trumbull Seniors Could Get Tax Break

CT Post, 01/21/2015
If you're a senior citizen in Trumbull who wants to slash your tax bill, you might soon be able to work it off -- as a town volunteer. Read the full article »

New E-Book Says Best Corporate Volunteerism Is Skills-Based

Forbes, 01/05/2015
In the interest of spreading the message about skills-based volunteering, A Billion + Change partnered with Blackbaud and Riggs Partners to create a new e-book, which it has just released.   Read the full article »

Millennials No Slackers When It Comes to Volunteering, Poll Finds

The Chronicle of Philanthropy , 12/30/2014
A new survey finds that under-30 Americans are more likely than their parents to consider volunteering a “very important” civic obligation, the Associated Press writes.  Read the full article »

PA schools prepare for new background checks system, hope volunteerism does not suffer

Lehigh Valley Live, 12/26/2014
Starting next year, all PA school employees, contractors and volunteers will need to obtain new security clearances every three years. Read the full article »

U.S. volunteerism: Which states do it best?

USA Today, 12/16/2014
Volunteerism is slightly down in the U.S, according to a new study that ranks states on their philanthropic efforts. Read the full article »

Impact of Charity & Volunteerism at Correctional Facilities, 12/15/2014
Volunteers provide a positive role model for inmates and a valuable service not only to corrections but the public as well. Read the full article »

Giving Tuesday Shows Strong Growth in Both Donations and Volunteerism

The Chronicle of Philanthropy, 12/04/2014
Nearly 18,000 corporate, civic, and charity partners registered to participate this year in Giving Tuesday, which was created by the United Nations Foundation and the 92nd Street Y, in New York City. Read the full article »

North Allegheny officials say new state law on volunteers problematic

Pittsburgh Post Gazette, 11/20/2014
Pittsburgh school districts have always had the choice of whether to require clearances for volunteers, or even what types of volunteers. A new law makes no distinction between active volunteers and seasonal volunteers. Read the full article »

A Great Recipe for Positive Social Change: Mix One Young Entrepreneur With a Team of Volunteers

Huffington Post, 11/14/2014
One of the themes fresh on the minds of  young entrepreneurs is how to harness the power of volunteerism to promote change in communities.  Read the full article »

A new model for the 21st century youth volunteer

Devex, 11/05/2014
As the world becomes increasingly more connected and integrated due to globalization, technology and increased mobility, is there also a need to change how we look at volunteerism in the 21st century? Read the full article »

An appeal for volunteerism: If not for others, do it for you

The Pitt News, 11/02/2014

Telling people that they should volunteer is like telling them that they should donate a kidney. Both sentiments invoke an unnecessary moral burden. 

Read the full article »

Millions volunteer across USA for Make A Difference Day

USA Today, 10/25/2014
Millions of people took part in the nation's largest day of volunteerism Saturday as Make A Difference Day kicked off with thousands of projects around the country. Read the full article »

Brian Williams essay: Acts of kindness are contagious

USA Today, 10/17/2014
'NBC Nightly News' anchor likes to showcase people doing good work. Read the full article »

Millennials in the Workplace Want to Give Back, so Let Them

Huffington Post, 10/08/2014
The Case Foundation and Achieve recently published a study that supports the idea that many of us in the volunteer industry have thought all along: giving back to meaningful causes is important to millennials. Read the full article »

Volunteerism Goes Viral

Fast Company, 10/06/2014
Over Big Sunday Weekend this past May, some 40,000 volunteers in 125 cities from California to Illinois to New York came out to paint classrooms, plant gardens, renovate local shelters and take part in thousands of other charitable projects. Read the full article »

As One Career Wraps Up, Finding That Next Role

New York Times, 09/26/2014
Employers are creating programs for their retirees that provide transitions to post-career jobs and volunteer opportunities. Read the full article »

Survey Americans Interest in Volunteering and Charity is Precipitously Declining

Forbes, 09/21/2014
it's clear many Americans feel that for all their hard work and best efforts to contribute to their communities, we should be further down the path to recovery by now.  And that’s left many Americans very tired. Read the full article »

Editorial: AmeriCorps: Charity by government

Washington Times, 09/11/2014
Clinton-era agency deserves a goodbye party, not an anniversary gala. Read the full article »


The Guardian, 09/06/2014
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Lets Deemphasize Peoples Motivations Behind Advocacy and Volunteering

Huffington Post, 09/05/2014
Not all volunteerism fueled by initial motivations to embellish a resume necessarily translates to empty volunteer hours devoid of tangible impact. Read the full article »

Dont Undersell Volunteer Experience

Boston Globe, 08/31/2014
 Often volunteer positions are just as relevant as paid roles.  Read the full article »

Mother Says Charter School Denied Admission to Son Over Volunteer Hours

NBC Miami, 08/19/2014
A second grader had a different start to his school year when he was denied school entry over a parental volunteer protocol issue at his charter school. Read the full article »

Casey Plans Volunteerism Bill

Citizens Voice, 08/12/2014
U.S. Sen. Bob Casey outlined plans to introduce a bill that would lead to the creation of federal guidelines for training volunteers to help social services agencies. Read the full article »

Four Steps to Planning a Volunteer Vacation

Huffington Post, 08/04/2014
If you love to travel, meet new people and experience different cultures, volunteer vacations are a great way to see the world.  Read the full article »

Timberland and CrowdRise team up to inspire volunteerism, 08/01/2014
On July 30, 2014, Timberland put out a call for entries for its Serv-a-palooza Challenge. This new program is “an innovative sponsored volunteerism competition” in partnership withCrowdRise, the digital fundraising platform created by actor and philanthropist Edward Norton that encourages consumers to volunteer for the cause of their choosing for chances to win awesome prizes for themselves as well as hefty donations for the non-profit they choose to support.  Read the full article »

As Voluntourism Explodes In Popularity, Who Is It Helping Most?

NPR, 07/31/2014
More and more Americans are no longer taking a few weeks off to suntan and sightsee abroad. Instead they're working in orphanages, building schools and teaching English. Read the full article »

Many Sacrifices, But Few Perks for Event Volunteers

New York Times, 07/10/2014
Instead of demanding even a few bucks a day, this year’s World Cup volunteers just wanted a few perks and a peek at the games. Read the full article »

GiveGab Launches Mobile App

Market Watch Press Release, 06/26/2014
GiveGab, the volunteering network, announced today the launch of its new mobile app for iPhone users worldwide.h Read the full article »

Volunteer Finds Massive Dinosaur Bone

Huffington Post, 06/24/2014
This week scientists confirmed that a huge dinosaur bone unearthed on a dig in Colorado is the largest apatosaurus femur ever discovered -- and it was found not by professional paleontologists but by a volunteer named Kay Fredette. Read the full article »

Museum Interpreters Breathing Life Into History

New York Times, 06/10/2014
Many older adults have found a home, and in some cases a second career, in the past, as historical interpreters at living history museums or as docents at historic houses. Some are paid but most are volunteers. Read the full article »

Recruiting for Good: How LinkedIn Sees Its Role In Effecting Social Change

Forbes, 05/19/2014
 LinkedIn’s Bob Spoer shares how their platform is currently being used to connect people who are driving social change through volunteerism and philanthropy, and how millions of users can collectively facilitate collaboration and movement-building. Read the full article »

Use of Internet, Social Networking Sites, and Mobile Technology for Volunteerism: Implications for Volunteer Recruitment and Engagement

AARP, 05/05/2014
This report was undertaken in order to provide insight and guidance to AARP about the effective use of the Internet, social media and mobile tools for increasing and strengthening volunteer recruitment and engagement. Read the full article »

Can Voluntourism Make A Difference

New York Times, 04/29/2014
As students, retirees and others head abroad this summer in search of experiences volunteering, are they really looking to help others or just themselves? Read the full article »

Senior Volunteer Program on the Chopping Block

NY Daily News, 04/28/2014
Bronx and Queens seniors who work in a federally-sponsored retirees volunteer service program rallied Friday to protest the drastic cut to the program that’s being proposed by President Obama.
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Being Good Is Not the Only Way to Go

New York Times, 04/19/2014
LinkedIn added a feature that allowed its members to say whether they wanted to volunteer or serve on the board of a nonprofit. In just eight months, one million members raised their virtual hands. Read the full article »

American Volunteerism Hit Bottom in 2013

Think Advisor, 04/15/2014
The number of Americans who volunteer their services to nonprofit organizations has barely moved over the past decade, and hit a new low in 2013, according to an analysis of federal statistics by The Chronicle of Philanthropy. Read the full article »

Arts Volunteers in Canada: Museums and Galleries

Art of Festivals, 04/14/2014
For this last post in the Arts Volunteers in Canada series the focus is the history of volunteer programmes in 3 museums and galleries in Toronto. These programmes serve as examples of well-established, fully integrated volunteer-led structures that contribute to much more than the frontline operations of arts organisations. Read the full article »

These Kids Today

Huffington Post, 03/27/2014
National Volunteer Week, an annual challenge and opportunity for all of us to engage with our communities, is April 6-12 this year, and recent data suggest that this could be a good opportunity to re-commit ourselves to rising to the many challenges these communities currently face. Read the full article »

Why Every Company Should Pay Employees To Volunteer

Fast Company, 03/11/2014
Community volunteering is very important for employees who seek a higher purpose in life and look for meaning. Read the full article »

International Corporate Volunteering: Profitable for Multinational Corporations

Huffington Post, 03/07/2014
If you listen to executives at companies that sponsor international corporate volunteering (ICV), these are powerful initiatives for developing employees as leaders to solve global challenges, gaining expertise in emerging markets where the companies want to enter, and building capacity in regions where companies want to expand their businesses and sales.  Read the full article »

A Daughter, Her Dad, and the Debate Over Pricey Teen Volunteer Trips

New York Times, 03/06/2014
Last month, a 21-year-old woman named Pippa Biddle took to her blog and eviscerated the kinds of volunteer trips that many parents encourage teenagers to take. 

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Labor Department Study Says Volunteerism at 10-Year Low

Nonprofit Quarterly, 02/27/2014
The Bureau of Labor Statistics has been conducting studies of the rate of volunteerism in the U.S. since 2002, and its study this year shows that rate to be the lowest to date at just 25.4 percent.  Read the full article »

After Olympics, Russians Hope Culture of Volunteerism Remains, 02/20/2014
At any of the Olympic venues, one thing you always notice are the volunteers. They are the front-line staff and the face of the 2014 Winter Olympic Games.  Read the full article »

Statistics Show Utah Leads Volunteering In One Category

Fox News, 02/13/2014
Utah dominates the world of volunteering, or so it seems from statistics based on an exhaustive national poll. Read the full article »

The Price for Super Bowl Volunteers

New York Times, 01/28/2014
The N.F.L. opted to hire temporary paid workers for positions in which volunteers had typically been used. The decision was an apparent response to a class-action suit brought by the firm Outten & Golden, which is based in Manhattan, against Major League Baseball, which did not pay volunteers at the All-Star FanFest at Javits Center in July. Read the full article »

MLK Day of Service: Carrying his legacy forward by doing for others

Christian Science Monitor, 01/20/2014

Americans all over the country are honoring the memory of Martin Luther King, Jr. by giving back to their community and taking part in the national MLK Day of Service.

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Franchiser Sues the Labor Department Over a Volunteer Workers

Business Week, 01/08/2014
The suit challenges the Labor Department’s policy of banning for-profit enterprises from using volunteer labor. Read the full article »

Seven Apps to Promote Volunteerism

Babble, 01/03/2014
Seven apps that can help find the best fit for you to either donate your time, money, or other resources. Read the full article »

President Obama Wishes Everyone A Merry Christmas and Encourages Volunteerism

In The Capital, 12/25/2013
In a recorded Christmas message before leaving Friday for vacation in Hawaii, President Obama and First Lady Michelle Obama wished Americans a Merry Christmas and thanked the troops for their service. Read the full article »

The Unexpected Gifts of Volunteer Service

Huffington Post, 12/24/2013
During this season of giving, the greatest gift we can give is of ourselves. Read the full article »

Americans Practice Charitable Giving, Volunteerism

Gallup, 12/13/2013
Gallup data reveal that the vast majority of Americans already practice kindness in the form of charitable giving and volunteering their time, both within and outside religious communities.  Read the full article »

Sochi 2024 Volunteer Team Unveiled

Official Website of the Olympic Movement, 12/05/2013
The 25,000-strong Sochi 2014 Volunteer Team made its debut during a presentation ceremony held on 5 December, International Volunteer Day. Read the full article »

Volunteering is headed towards an iceberg

Third Sector, 12/02/2013
Micro-volunteering is perhaps the tip of an iceberg that is heading for the good ship volunteering – a growing threat looming ever closer that could hole some organisations below the waterline and do permanent damage if they don’t change course. Read the full article »

Want To Volunteer This Season?

Chicago Time Out, 11/25/2013
Don't binge on volunteering at the end of the year. If there's an organization or service group you're interested in helping, schedule a time in the new year to submit a volunteer application and/or go through the orientation process.  Read the full article »

Volunteerism gets a boost

New Glasgow News, 11/04/2013
The My Giving Moment volunteerism campaign launched Monday by Gov. Gen. David Johnston aims to get more young people involved in donating their time and helping charitable efforts.  Read the full article »

Roving retirees do good, live practically free

CNN, 10/28/2013
For one eclectic group of seniors, the volunteer retirement lifestyle is anything but boring -- or expensive. Read the full article »

Purdue Finds Health Benefits in Volunteerism

Kansas City Star, 10/28/2013
 Purdue researchers found that for adults 70 and older, volunteering — above other forms of social engagement — helps to give them a younger biological profile.
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Announcing the Artist Volunteer Center

Newsday, 10/17/2013
Announcing the Artist Volunteer Center, a New York-based Nonprofit Arts Organization & Presenting 'The 100 Hour AV Challenge'. Read the full article »

Volunteerism viewed as a catalyst to finding a job

Royal Gazette, 10/14/2013
One way to beat the challenges of unemployment is to consider volunteerism as a “major catalyst in finding a job”. Read the full article »

Christie says volunteerism motivates him

The Republic, 10/11/2013

Gov. Chris Christie said Friday that state and federal government alone can't drive the state's recovery — New Jersey must continue to foster a spirit of volunteerism and community involvement.

Read the full article »

Bridging the Gap Between High School and College, at a Price

New York Times, 10/04/2013
There are no national statistics on the number of students taking gap years, but there’s no question the idea — and the number of companies offering gap year programs — is growing in popularity. Read the full article »

UJA-Federation of New York Enlists Jewish Community for Month of Volunteerism

UJA-Federation of New York Press Release, 10/02/2013
UJA-Federation Supports Jewish Social Action Month With More Than $123,000 in Microgrants to Build Communal Relationships and Care for People in Need.

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One America Tour Emphasizes Power of Volunteerism to Better Serve

Wall Street Journal, 09/24/2013
The One America tour is a nationwide effort that brings powerful voices and unlikely pairs in politics, entertainment and sports together with the goal of inspiring Americans to unite in service to their communities.  Read the full article »

Volunteering Helps Those Serving as Much as Those Served

The Mental Aspects of Health, 09/19/2013
An apple a day keeps the doctor away…and it turns out, so does volunteering. Read the full article »

Volunteerism At the Schools Only Goes So Far, 09/16/2013
Central, one of the oldest and most respected high schools in Philadelphia, has long had a loyal and supportive network of parents and alumni who have been generous with their time and money. Parents have signed up for one- and two-hour shifts to help keep Central operating relatively smoothly. The schedule is already booked through October. Volunteerism, however, is no long-term fix.  Read the full article »

Volunteering Makes You Happier

Fast Company, 09/03/2013
More and more research shows that volunteering improves health and well-being among people who do it. Read the full article »

Push To Protect Volunteer Rights

Herald Sun, 09/02/2013

New national safeguards are needed to better protect the rights of volunteers, as more are bullied, the state's peak body for unpaid workers says.

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Volunteering could add years to your life

New York Daily News, 08/23/2013
Researchers found that people who volunteered had lower levels of depression and were less likely to die within the next four to seven years, according to a new study. Read the full article »

Volunteerism May Lower Blood Pressure, Study Finds

The Republic, 08/13/2013
Helping others and building social relationships certainly make for a more satisfying life. Now there's reason to believe that they can help protect a person from the risk of developing high blood pressure in the mature adult years. Read the full article »

Healthcare Volunteerism Foiled By Best Intentions

Forbes, 08/08/2013
When you’re the Volunteer State, as Tennessee happens to be, it makes sense that you’d, you know, volunteer for things.  Read the full article »

Volunteerisms Positive Deviants

Kenneth Rainin Foundation Blog, 08/01/2013
The practice of leveraging volunteers to sustain operations is ingrained in the everyday functioning of nonprofits, especially in the arts.  Read the full article »

Volunteerism Has Changed Since 1989

Washington Post, 07/21/2013
There are many causes that can unify even the deepest philosophical and political divides. Read the full article »

Obamas And Bushes To Honor Iowa Couple

Washington Post, 07/15/2013
They are of different generations and from different Americas, their political lives separated by philosophy and circumstance, but on Monday at the White House,President Obama and former president George H.W. Bush and their families will unite under the banner of volunteerism. Read the full article »

The goal: universal health coverage. The means: volunteers?

The Guardian, 07/01/2013
Expanding volunteerism is one part of the solution to help improve global health investments and ensure equitable access to health. But there is often vocal criticism of volunteerism, so it is important to be clear not just about the benefits but also about the contexts in which working with volunteers produces the best results. Read the full article »

Paid Volunteer Time Increasingly Common Employee Benefit

Minnesota Public Radio, 06/19/2013
U.S. Bank is one of a growing number of employers that are offering paid volunteer time as an employee benefit. According to the Society for Human Resource Management, 20 percent of the companies it surveys offer paid volunteering time, a share that has increased over the past few years. Read the full article »

Volunteering Linked With Lower Risk of High Blood Pressure

Huffington Post, 06/17/2013

Volunteering might literally be good for your heart, a new study suggests.

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Volunteering Lifts Job Prospects of the Jobless

Washington Post, 06/17/2013
Unemployed Americans stand a much better chance of finding a paying job if they first work for free. Read the full article »

A Bookstore in Wahington Heights Knows How To Make The Show Go On

New York Times, 06/06/2013
One evening, Veronica Liu arrived to find all the lights out at Word Up Community Bookshop, the completely implausible store that she and others ran as volunteers in Washington Heights, which is upstate Manhattan. Read the full article »

She\’s Getting Her Boots Dirty

New York Times, 06/01/2013
"The No. 1 lesson you learn, being sixth out of nine children, is: It’s not about you,” she says. “Our family didn’t talk about volunteerism. It was just baked in. We went down and put the new missals in the church pews, and we volunteered at the Sunday soup kitchen, and we went with my dad to pick up the deaf children for church. Read the full article »

Volunteerism sees significant rise during crisis in Greece

Kathimerini, 05/28/2013
The economic crisis appears to have generated a new spirit of volunteerism in Greece, a country where this social activity has not been particularly widespread in the past. Read the full article »

Animal Care Volunteers Bite Back

New York Observer, 05/15/2013
According to those who have spent time volunteering, though, few people show up on a regular basis to help out. Whether it’s the stress of spending time at a shelter where animals face the threat of euthanasia or the burden of working in an environment where, some say, basic needs of animals are often neglected, turnover is high. Read the full article »

Two New York Youth Honored for Volunteerism

The Herald, 05/06/2013

New York's top two youth volunteers of 2013, Samuel Lam, 18, of Old Westbury and Cory Nichols, 12, of Oceanside, were honored in the nation’s capital last night for their outstanding volunteer service during the 18th annual presentation of The Prudential Spirit of Community Awards. 

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Volunteering: How Helping Out Helps You Stand Out In The Workplace

Forbes, 04/30/2013
Last week was National Volunteer Week, an annual event that, since its inception in 1974, has raised awareness about the growing role volunteerism plays in strengthening communities. But did you know that volunteering could also help you land that dream job? Read the full article »

Volunteerism In Mexico Slowly Coming Back

Union-Tribune San Diego, 04/28/2013
They treat children with cancer, shelter human trafficking victims, promote artists, feed hungry families and build houses for the poor. Nonprofit groups working in the border region gathered at Point Loma Nazarene University on Saturday to share experiences and find support. Read the full article »

How to respond to terrorism? Volunteerism.

Detroit News, 04/17/2013
Terror has reared its ugly head once again in Boston during the running of the 117th Boston Marathon on Patriot’s Day – ironically a day that commemorates the anniversary of the Battles of Lexington and Concordon April 19, 1775. Read the full article »

Time Bank: A Novel Idea That Promotes Volunteerism

Gulf Times, 04/10/2013
The Time Bank, a Qatari youth initiative handed over yesterday by the British Council to Qatar University’s Centre for Volunteerism and Civil Responsibility, is a novel concept that promotes volunteerism by imparting a financial sense to the value of time. Linked to the British Council Global Changemakers project, described as a vibrant community of young activists, volunteers and social entrepreneurs from 128 countries, the virtual Time Bank allows youth to make “time deposits” by volunteering in various companies. “For example, an individual who has volunteered for 10 hours will get a proportionate time deposit in his or her account and can convert it into a certificate or request the support of volunteers for 10 hours  to work on his or her project,” implementation team head Ibrahim Alosta told Gulf Times. Read the full article »

Fighting Hunger Through Volunteerism and YouTube

Cary News, 04/06/2013
The Cary man hosts a frozen-foods review show on YouTube that is regularly seen by thousands of people. In each segment of Freezerburns, Ng talks about the merits and shortfalls of everything from frozen pizza to ice cream to pre-packaged entrees. And since last May, 37-year-old Ng has volunteered with the Food Bank of Central & Eastern North Carolina. .  Read the full article »

Why I Count Glass Eels

New York Times, 03/30/2013
We volunteers are continuing the traditions of generations of amateur naturalists who have observed and documented the events of the natural world. But several factors distinguish today’s citizen scientists from their predecessors. Read the full article »

Volunteer Numbers Decrease

The Sentinel, 03/24/2013
The Carlisle Fire Department needs volunteers willing to fight fires and rescue victims of car crashes, but it also needs volunteers to tackle the challenges of fundraising, administration, education and outreach. It will have help finding those volunteers with funds from a grant from the Federal Emergency Management Agency. Read the full article »

Measuring the Impact of Employee Volunteering

Corporate Social Responsibility Newswire, 03/14/2013
Employee volunteering can be a powerful force for improving the lives of those in need, promoting community wellbeing, and supporting important social initiatives. At the same time, such programs can support core business interests, like employee engagement and development, sales, recruiting, and stakeholder relations.  Read the full article »

4th Annual International Corporate Volunteerism Conference

Just Means, 03/05/2013
The 4 Annual International Corporate Volunteerism Conference is an annual forum that convenes thought-leaders, change-makers and professionals from across the business, social and public spectrums... Read the full article »

Performing volunteer work increases longevity

Fox News, 02/28/2013
Now, a new study has found that volunteering can not only improve the volunteers’ sense of self, but can reduce their risk of mortality.

Read the full article »

Effects of Volunteering on Risk Factors for Cardiovascular Disease in Adolescents

JAMA Pediatrics, 02/25/2013
The idea that individuals who help others incur health benefits themselves suggests a novel approach to improving health while simultaneously promoting greater civic orientation in our society. Read the full article »

Volunteer Home Builders Are A Real \"Blessing\" For Breezy Point Residents

New York One, 02/12/2013
Thanks to more than 200 volunteers from Operation Blessing, Bank of America and many other organizations, 78-year-old Barbara Joyce came home Saturday to a newly rebuilt house in the Breezy Point section of Queens. Read the full article »

Obama volunteerism site ignores snow storm--and Sandy victims

Washington Examiner, 02/08/2013
President Obama has made volunteerism and public service a big part of his second term, but his United We Serve site, , has no mention of how people can help those being crushed by Friday's super snow storm in New England--or Hurricane Sandy victims who've been struggling for months.  Read the full article »

In Russia Volunteers Step Up

Washington Post, 02/02/2013
A country doctor, a tiny village, a dilapedated village hospital, an indifferent health bureaucracy — and now, coming to the rescue, volunteers from distant Moscow, bringing furniture, equipment, money and, maybe most ...
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UN Establishes Trust Fund to Support Youth Volunteerism

Government of Ghana Offical Website, 01/28/2013
The United Nations has established a dedicated trust fund to boost youth volunteerism and harness the energy of young people around the world to contribute to achieving development goals while enhancing their own lives. Read the full article »

Honoring King with Volunteerism

Chicago Tribune, 01/19/2013
First came an email from the first lady Michelle Obama asking supporters to join her in volunteering on a public service project in their hometowns during the presidential inauguration weekend. Read the full article »

Volunteering Is Getting Trendy in America

Good, 01/13/2013
Both the CNCS’s report and the U.S. Secretary of Education, Arne Duncan, make the point that America’s schools are a vital hub of civic activity. Read the full article »

Skills-Based Volunteering: The New Executive Training Ground

Stanford Social Innovation Review, 01/04/2013
Young people are gaining cultural skills and insight through volunteering that will influence their decisions for decades to come. Read the full article »

Volunteer? Seriously?!

Huffington Post, 12/31/2012
One of the more recent additions to the themes at this time of year is "Giving Back." Read the full article »

Cultural Immersion and Volunteer Vacationing is Possible Without Even Leaving the US

Jaunted, 12/26/2012
Think you can't have a culturally rich volunteer experience in the US? Think again.  Read the full article »

New York ranks dead last for volunteerism

The Business Review, 12/13/2012
New York is ranked dead last in a new study on volunteerism, with just 20 percent of residents reporting they gave their time to others. Read the full article »

9/11 Memorial Volunteers Aid in Sandy Relief and Recovery

The Huffington Post, 12/11/2012

Whether responding to a natural disaster or honoring those lost on 9/11, the 9/11 Memorial Volunteers embody the importance of community service.

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Sandy highlights increasingly popular trend of DIY volunteerism

AM New York, 12/03/2012
The Superstorm Sandy recovery proved an amazing symphony of guerrilla volunteerism. Individuals unconnected to churches or established charities poured forth to check on shut-ins, run errands, donate goods and food, shovel sand and offer housing and help. Read the full article »

Volunteer at Jackson North used smartphone to steal data

Miami Herald, 11/30/2012
A Jackson volunteer with a smart phone is reported to have taken confidential information of 500 patients.
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Volunteers Change Lives, While Enriching Their Own

Huffington Post, 11/26/2012
One of the enduring traits of the American people is our spirit of volunteerism. Read the full article »

Global Volunteerism Is Good For Business

The Atlantic, 11/14/2012
Beju Ekperigin, a New York-based IBM management strategist, found herself in Kenya in June. Read the full article »

Philanthropy Volunteerism as a Core Competency

Bloomberg Businessweek, 11/08/2012
When Stanley Litow helped set up IBM’s (IBM)Corporate Service Corps, a community service program that doubles as a leadership academy, he never anticipated how popular it would become.  Read the full article »

Volunteers Flock to Disaster Areas, Overwhelming City Relief Centers

New York Times, 11/04/2012
Many New Yorkers graced with power and heat in their homes on Sunday found it difficult to sit still as images of homeless and desolate city residents filled their television screens.  Read the full article »

Want teens to do volunteer work? Make it social.

Christian Science Monitor, 10/29/2012
Half of American teenagers volunteer, largely because their friends do. Read the full article »

Through volunteer lens What young workers want?, 10/21/2012
 Millennials who participate in workplace volunteer activities are more likely to be happy with their jobs and their employers, the survey found. Read the full article »

Is Social Entrepreneurship Transforming Millennial Talent Acquisition?

Forbes, 10/10/2012
United Technologies in Hartford, Connecticut, has also found that potential employees sourced from top learning institutions ask specifically about volunteering and community service, indicating that it is one of the criteria for an “employer of choice.” Read the full article »

Emergency Volunteers Would Get Tax Credit Under New Bill

Newtown Patch, 10/03/2012
Rep. Steve Santarsiero (D-Bucks) sponsored the bill, which would allow volunteers to earn local income and property tax credits. Read the full article »

Broward League of Cities kicks off Million Hour Volunteer Challenge

Sun Sentinel, 09/24/2012

The Broward League of Cities is partnering with charitable organizations and the county's municipalities to increase local community service through the Million Hour Volunteer Challenge.

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Beyond Volunteering: Civic Engagement in Action

Huffington Post, 09/24/2012
Volunteering is vitally important and it is often the first step to really getting involved but the challenge of higher education is bigger than that. 

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Time to Make A Difference

Tribune Chronicle , 09/23/2012

Some have already begun submitting projects for Make A Difference Day. For others, there's still plenty of time.

Read the full article »

The New Volunteering Legacy of September 11th

Forbes, 09/12/2012
This past September 11th, representatives of MyGoodDeeds rang the opening bell at the New York Stock Exchange in memory of the victims of the terrorists attacks 11 years ago. Read the full article »

Letting Employees Call the Philanthropy Shots

Forbes, 09/04/2012
Corporate volunteerism is on the rise, yet companies still face challenges getting employees engaged. Read the full article »

Tale Of Two DNC Volunteers

Gaston Gazette, 09/03/2012
Charlotte may be the official host of the 2012 Democratic National Convention, but people in nearby cities are getting in on the action.
Read the full article »

BVC To Present Corporate Workshops At Volunteerism Conference

Paramus, NJ Patch, 08/23/2012

The Volunteer Center of Bergen County’s Northern New Jersey Business Volunteer Council is presenting workshops specifically geared towards business volunteer programs at this year’s NJ Governor’s Conference on Volunteerism.

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Volunteering abroad provides alternative experience

USA Today, 08/20/2012
Volunteering abroad has become the new way to experience the world during college.  Read the full article »

London 2012 Olympics puts the glam into volunteering

The Christian Science Monitor, 08/09/2012

The popularity of London 2012's 'Games Makers' may boost volunteerism – and help the government's much-derided effort to encourage Britons to help out in austerity-hit areas.

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The other team that is making Britain proud

The Telegraph, 08/04/2012
Volunteerism is a clumsy term describing something that is wholly admirable and an invaluable contribution to society. Read the full article »

London 2012 Olympics: anger as volunteers cash in on opening ceremony

The Telegraph, 07/30/2012
Performers from the London 2012 Olympic Games opening ceremony are "cashing in" on their moment in history by selling props and costumes online for thousands of pounds.  Read the full article »

The Hottest Trend in Giving Back

Huffington Post, 07/18/2012
Human Resource professionals know the drill: if you want to maximize an employee's potential, you need to engage him as fully as possible.  That's why attractive employee benefits and compensation packages only go so far, and why corporate volunteer programs are on the rise. Read the full article »

Volunteer Work Boosts Perception of Free Time

Psych Central, 07/16/2012
For many people, life is fast-paced, with free time a rarity. But a new study suggests a paradoxical method to expand our sense of leisure time: performing volunteer work.

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IICF Week of Giving Adds Personal Giving to Volunteerism Tradition

San Francisco Chronicle, 06/26/2012
The Insurance Industry Charitable Foundation(IICF) has expanded its traditional weeklong insurance volunteerism event to include an industry wide effort to boost charitable donations by insurance professionals. Read the full article »

The NCVO and Volunteering England enter merger discussions

Third Sector, 06/21/2012

The National Council for Voluntary Organisations and Volunteering England are in "formal discussions" over a merger, the two organisations have announced.

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Stamford Volunteer Organizations Merge

Stamford Daily Voice, 06/13/2012
The United Way of Western Connecticut and Volunteer Center of Southwestern Fairfield County announced the merger Wednesday of the two organizations to increase volunteer efforts in the region. Read the full article »

Volunteerism Versus Voluntourism

The Oxford Student, 06/06/2012
Thousands of young people today undertake volunteering projects in developing countries around the world. But what are the underlying reasons motivating students to get involved in such endeavours? Is their participation driven purely by altruistic reasons or do such experiences just fall within their broader holiday plans? Volunteering can clearly benefit both the volunteer and the implicated society, but in catering projects to meet the needs of the individual there is always the danger that they exploit the very societies they are intending to help.  Read the full article »

The Best Ways to Volunteer

San Francisco Chronicle, 06/01/2012
The concept of volunteer work is to donate your time to support a cause you believe in or to support people in your community, but savvy volunteers know they benefit as much as the organization they are supporting. 

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American Voices, 05/24/2012
The former director of literature at the National Endowment for the Arts talks about the value of volunteerism - and the threat it poses to working people.

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Brewer veto of volunteerism bill shocks youth

The Republic , 05/20/2012
Just days from graduation, Jevin Hodge got a lesson in politics last week when Gov. Jan Brewer vetoed a bill that would have required a governor's commendation to students with more than 200 hours of approved community service. Read the full article »

When Volunteers Become Voluntold

Huffington Post, 05/11/2012
Corporate volunteer programs offer such a multitude of benefits that they sometimes seem beyond reproach. When these programs are executed well, employees get to participate in meaningful work outside of the office that is recognized and supported by their employers; companies earn the appreciation of their employees and communities; and nonprofits benefit from added manpower -- especially if it comes in the form of skills-based volunteering. Read the full article »

The Pros And Cons Of Volunteerism In America

San Francisco Chronical, 05/03/2012
The roots of volunteerism in America go back very far. Benjamin Franklin was perhaps one of the most prodigious volunteers in our nation's history having organized the Philadelphia volunteer fire company, a militia, circulating libraries, public hospitals, mutual insurance companies and agricultural colleges, as well as intellectual societies.

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International Corporate Volunteerism: A Game Changer

Forbes, 04/24/2012
In 1960, President John F. Kennedy proposed “a peace corps of talented men and women” who would dedicate themselves to the progress and peace of developing countries.  Read the full article »

Jersey City Mayor urges volunteerism at White House panel

Jersey Journal, 04/21/2012
Mayor Jerramiah T. Healy emphasized the importance of volunteerism at a White House panel Thursday as a means for the unemployed to get involved and possibly parlay it into a job. Read the full article »

Volunteerism: A Way of Life and a Career

Huffington Post, 04/21/2012
Benjamin Franklin established the first volunteer fire department in 1736 in Philadelphia. President Richard Nixon created the first National Volunteer Week in 1974. Congress in 2009 designated September 11 as a National Day of Service. Volunteering has always been an important part of the American fabric. In fact, April is National Volunteer Month. Read the full article »

2012 Make A Difference Day Awards to Recognize 13 Life-changing Volunteer Initiatives

Market Watch, 04/11/2012

Thirteen volunteer initiatives will be recognized with the 2012 Make A Difference Day Awards at a ceremony in Washington, D.C., on April 19. Make A Difference Day, the nation's largest day of service, was created in 1992 by Gannett Co., Inc.'s USA WEEKEND Magazine along with partners, Newman's Own®, Inc. and Points of Light. Newman's Own will donate a total of $130,000, awarding ten volunteer initiatives $10,000 each and presenting three cities $10,000 each for their local projects.

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Why Helping Others Makes Us Happy

Chicago Tribune, 04/05/2012
Helping our fellow man has long been seen as an altruistic behavioral model. But it turns out that more selfish motives--pleasing friends, doing what you want--are more successful causes of effectivevolunteering. Whatever the motive, volunteering improves the health, happiness, and in some cases, the longevity of volunteers. Children who volunteer are more likely to grow up to be adults who volunteer. Even unwilling children who are forced to volunteer fare better than kids who don't volunteer. And in a virtuous circle, communities with lots of volunteers are more stable and better places to live, which in turn further boosts volunteerism. Read the full article »

An Untapped Resource: The Power of Volunteerism

Huffington Post, 03/28/2012
Today, as countries around the world face turbulent economic times, the challenges seem too big for governments to address on their own. The good news is that globally, citizens are engaged in addressing social issues at greater levels than ever before. Read the full article »

Should Your Company Pay for You to Volunteer Abroad?

Forbes, 03/21/2012
Eli Lilly & Co. does. Last year it launched an international volunteer program, which pays for employees to travel to developing nations to work with and for the local populations. Read the full article »

Peace Corps and VSO: A Partnership on Volunteerism to Promote Global Development

The White House Blog, 03/14/2012
In May 2011, President Obama and Prime Minister Cameron announced a partnership between two of the world’s leading volunteer organizations, the Peace Corps and VSO.  The partnership leverages the resources of both organizations to improve the lives of poor and marginalized people, and to promote the value of volunteering in global development. Read the full article »

Volunteerism Through the Eyes of Children

Pro Bono News, 02/10/2012
What does volunteerism look like through the eyes of children? This is what a group of people at the online volunteer service, UN Volunteers, wanted to find out when they started a children’s book initiative. Read the full article »

Homestretch finds its match with Excella

The Washington Post, 01/22/2012
“Most companies give lots of grants and spread their benevolence, but the actual relationship and impact is very minimal,” said Christopher Fay, Homestretch’s executive director. “This is revolutionizing philanthropy.”

Excella incorporated Homestretch as its primary charitable partner, doing activities throughout the year such as refurbishing its properties, tutoring students and teaching English classes to parents.

In return, managers say the partnership has developed employees’ professional skills and created memorable bonds outside the office.

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Governor Patrick welcomes students from across the state for MLK day of service

Boston Globe, 01/14/2012
“This is the beginning of a movement of young people making a difference,” Menino said. He called Boston “the Silicon Valley of volunteerism.” Read the full article »

Las Vegas nonprofits lifted by corporate volunteerism

Las Vegas Review-Journal, 01/01/2012

"This is about us recognizing that there is a great need in the community," says Jocelyn Bluitt-Fisher, community affairs director for MGM Resorts International. "It's not about our image, it's really about recognizing the needs in our community and figuring out ways to give back to those who support us. That is ingrained in our company culture from the top down."

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Social medias good virus of volunteerism

Asia One, 12/30/2011
The social media will certainly continue spreading the "virus" of volunteering, and thanks to this "infection" Thailand will hopefully continue witnessing good deeds from individuals.

From finding volunteers to fill sandbags, cook food, seek donations, make rafts of life vests, to developing informative websites and producing video clips or just cleaning up in the aftermath, the all-pervasive social media, such as Twitter and Facebook, have inarguably become champions in keeping people abreast of what's happening.

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Volunteering- A Great Way To Learn Real Executive Leadership, 12/21/2011

Having corporate programs that encourage employees to work as volunteers for organizations in their community are one way to offer an extra corporate benefit that makes employees feel pride and satisfaction, and makes them happier and more productive workers. Marc Benioff, CEO of, promotes what he calls “the 1 per- cent solution”: 1 percent of the company’s equity, 1 percent of its profits, and 1 percent of its employees’ paid work hours are devoted to philanthropy.  Software maker SAS, which has for years  been among the Top 20 in Fortune’s annual list of the 100 best companies to work for, offers a volunteer initiative that lets employees use flexible schedules to take paid time off for projects in the community, or even work in teams with their managers on a volunteer effort during business hours.

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United Nations General Assembly sets stage for the future of volunteerism

United Nations Volunteers, 12/08/2011
Celebrations of the tenth anniversary of the International Year of Volunteers culminate at UN General Assembly with launch of first State of the World’s Volunteerism Report and testimonies from two UN Volunteers. Read the full article »

Utah Toys With Idea of Mandating Volunteerism in Return for Medicaid

Nonprofit Quarterly, 11/19/2011
Hearings are being held in Utah on a proposal that would require some Medicaid recipients to volunteer in return for health coverage. Read the full article »

Art for Volunteerism

ABS-CBN News, 11/16/2011

A total of 17 Filipino visual artists have volunteered to use their talents for a cause. VSO Bahaginan, a member of international organization VSO, will hold its first ever “Art for Volunteerism” exhibit at the Ayala Museum in Makati City on December 9.

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Matching Volunteers to the Right Missions

NY Times, 11/12/2011
THE recession dealt a double blow to many nonprofits. Just as it ratcheted up demand for their services, it also forced them to cut their budgets. So in times like these, volunteers are more valuable than ever. Read the full article »

Volunteering Rises on the Resume

NY Times, 11/01/2011

Volunteer experience has long been a secondary consideration in people’s career portfolios. It was seen as good for the soul, maybe, beneficial to a cause, but not something that led to a better job. Recent graduates might seek unpaid internships to get a leg up, but skilled professionals largely expected to burnish their résumés on the job. Volunteer work got a line at the bottom of a résumé, near hobbies.

That has started to change, with more nonprofit organizations trying to take better advantage of skilled volunteers, and more employers saying they look at volunteer work in evaluating job candidates.

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Volunteerism Leads to App Creation

Chicago Daily Herald, 10/31/2011

A new App Boot Camp and a very low-tech wheelbarrow full of mulch definitely had a connection for Eileen Sweeney, director of Libertyville-based Motorola Mobility Foundation.

She donated her time for one day to her community. That included pushing a wheelbarrow around the Garfield Park Conservatory on a recent rainy day, and even did a few impromptu wheelbarrow races with colleagues, all in the name of fun and volunteerism. Then she dried off and volunteered to teach how to create apps for smartphones to students at DeVry Advantage Academy High School and Evanston High School.


“Learning these skills can be very empowering for these students,” Sweeney said about the App Boot Camp, a new Motorola program that reaches out to schools.

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On Board to Do Good

The Seattle Times, 10/09/2011
Twenty-five fans of the Los Angeles music group Foster the People boarded the Do Good Bus, a community-service venture, Sunday morning at Showbox in the Sodo District for a trip to an unknown location, to participate in a mystery service project. Read the full article »

People Who Volunteer Live Longer, Studies Suggest, 09/17/2011

People who volunteer for selfless reasons, such as helping others, live longer than those who don't lend a helping hand, a new study shows. However, those who volunteer for more self-centered reasons do not reap the same life-extending benefits.

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Volunteerism recalls spirit of good will Americans exhibited after 9/11 attacks, Boston Globe, 09/12/2011
Across the nation, Americans built homes, shined firetrucks, cleaned parks, and gave blood on the 10th anniversary of Sept. 11, trying to recapture the good will, can-do spirit that people say they lost in the decade since the attacks.

The National Day of Service and Remembrance was launched in 2002 by family members of Sept. 11 victims. With projects in all 50 states, the goal was to honor the victims and turn the tragic anniversary into something positive. President Obama spent time with his family working at a soup kitchen in Washington on Saturday, encouraging Americans to find ways to serve. Read the full article »

Reputation Building and Corporate Volunteerism Impacts Bottom Line

Forbes Blog, 08/05/2011
Corporations who genuinely have an effective corporate volunteer program often earn a good reputation from stakeholders, media and the general public. A good reputation is increasingly linked to bottom line benefits such as improved sales, license to operate, employee morale and productivity, and retention of top talent. This means that top decision makers are finding business value in the many benefits a corporate volunteer program offers. Good corporate citizenship helps train leaders and impacts the bottom line. Read the full article »

60,000 Volunteers, 30 Countries, 30 Days, 07/14/2011

The Results Are In! One act of kindness can make a world of difference. In April 2011, nearly 60,000 Starbucks partners (employees), customers, community members and nonprofit organizations from across 30 countries on four continents joined together in their local neighborhoods to be a catalyst for change and make a positive impact in people’s lives.

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Operation Backpack, led by Volunteers of America, Sends Hope to NYC Homeless Kids

HuffPost New York , 06/29/2011
The annual Operation Backpack NYC campaign led by Volunteers of America and its spokesperson Paige Davis is in full swing now through July 24 in New York City. The facts are simple: New York City has an estimated 11,000 school-age children who are homeless right now. They'll be headed to school in September without the supplies they need to succeed. In fact, not having the basics like a backpack and the tools that come with it can be so shameful they don't want to go to school at all. Operation Backpack works now to buy new backpacks and fill them with age-appropriate supplies (hand sanitizer and washable markers for little kids, a thesaurus and calculator for high school students and so on) and gets them into the hands of the kids who desperately need them in time for the start of school in September. Read the full article »

Mayor Bloomberg Announces More Than Half A Million Public School Students Performed Service Projects as part of Service In Schools Initiative, 06/29/2011
Mayor Michael R. Bloomberg, Chief Service Officer Diahann Billings-Burford and Schools Chancellor Dennis M. Walcott today announced that 572,229 New York City public schools students have performed 7,874 unique service projects to improve their communities as a part of Service in Schools, an initiative of NYC Service and the Department of Education. Over the past year, students in all five boroughs participated in projects which included planting school gardens, holding canned food drives, and assembling packages for home-bound seniors, among other projects. Read the full article »

Mayor Bloomberg Honors Graduates of NYC Civic Corps Class of 2011, 06/27/2011

Mayor Bloomberg today delivered remarks at the graduation ceremony of the City’s second NYC Civic Corps class – a specially trained group of AmeriCorps members who work at nonprofit organizations and City agencies to help increase the number of volunteers they can utilize and serve a greater number of New Yorkers in need. The NYC Civic Corps members just completed their ten-month term of service, during which they worked to create sustainable volunteer management structures within nonprofits.

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’New York Says Thank You’ Documentary to Premiere at 2011 Tribeca Film Festival

PR Newswire, 03/14/2011
Feature Length documentary film about volunteerism to be released in 2011.
NEW YORK, March 14, 2011 /PRNewswire/ -- The Tribeca Film Festival announced today that the feature-length documentaryNew York Says Thank You was named a "Spotlight Selection" and will have its global premiere at this year's festival.  New York Says Thank You is an epic story of healing and patriotic heroism that charts the journey of New Yorkers whose lives were touched by the events of September 11, 2001 as they travelled the country helping others rebuild after disaster. As told in the film, their stories of grief, volunteerism and healing are the foundation of what is now a national movement. Read the full article »

HRC and MENY Team-up for a Night of Action in Queens

HRC Back Story, 03/13/2011
This past Wednesday, the Human Rights Campaign and Marriage Equality New York teamed up for a joint volunteer event in Kew Gardens, Queens which produced big results. Read the full article »

On January 12, 2011 Mayor Michael Bloomberg presided at the 16th graduation ceremony of 122 Community Emergency Response Team (CERT) volunteers. The Community Emergency Response Team (CERT) program helps train people to be better prepared to respond to emergency situations in their day to day life in and around their local communities. When emergencies and disasters occur, CERT members can give critical support to first responders, provide immediate assistance to victims, and organize others to assist at the disaster site. CERT members also assist with local neighborhood non-emergency projects that improve the safety of the community. Read the full article »

Some Volunteers Would Rather Crunch Numbers Than Haul Lumber

The Nonprofit Quarterly, 01/21/2011
Some years ago, while working as investment banker in New York City, Rachel Chong joined other USB employees on a volunteer house-building project in the Bronx. It didn’t take Chong too long to figure out that she – and other professionals like her – have more to offer nonprofits than hauling lumber around a construction site. Read the full article »

Outreach extraordinaire Jason Kendall brings astronomy to New York City public schools

scienceline, 01/13/2011
Jason Kendall is the director of the Inwood Astronomy Project, based in the Inwood neighborhood on Manhattan’s northern tip. He founded the project three years ago to bring astronomy to the local community and anyone else interested.  Kendall’s public education efforts don’t stop with his own astronomy project. In 2009, he started giving free astronomy lectures at the Inwood Public Library and the Inwood Hill Nature Center as the Solar System Ambassador for New York City. The ambassador program, sponsored by NASA and the Jet Propulsion Laboratory in California, is made up of over 500 outreach volunteers across the country that describe NASA space missions to the public.

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Mentoring Program Turns Cameras on Its Young Clients

New York Times, 01/12/2011
For the first time in its more than 100-year history, Big Brothers Big Sisters ofAmerica is actively seeking donations, through a nationwide campaign, to underwrite its work with children at risk.The outreach is part of a new public service advertising initiative that was created with the help of the Advertising Council and is being announced Thursday, as part of the 10th anniversary celebration of National Mentoring Month.Called “Start Something,” the campaign uses traditional as well as social media to illustrate the positive impact the adult volunteers of Big Brothers Big Sisters have on children’s lives, and to solicit both volunteers and financial support.

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Help out during the holidays, 12/16/2010

NEW YORK ( -- We are right in the middle of the most spectacular display of economic activity all year -- holiday shopping season.

With all this getting, consider giving a little back to make your hometown a better, brighter place this holiday season.

Most of those holiday gifts will put a hole in your wallet, but the gift of time won't cost you a cent.

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Social Entrepreneurs: Taking On World Problems

NPR, 12/15/2010
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Video Volunteers Announces ’IndiaUnheard’ - The World’s First Community News Service: Making Change By Bringing Untold Stories from the Farthest Villages of India to Impact a Global Audience

PRNewswire, 12/08/2010
NEW YORK and GOA, India, -- Video Volunteers today announced the release of the 150th video made by its IndiaUnheard Community Correspondents. One of the most significant, growing collections of content ever created by rural communities reporting on – and changing – their realities, IndiaUnheard is Video Volunteers' flagship "Community News Service." A network of people from slums and villages in India who have been trained to make video news reports on corruption, human rights, health, sanitation and other issues, IndiaUnheard is making an impact in these villages and across the globe. Since the program's launch on May 1, 2010, one new video has been released each day on Video Volunteers' online portal and through Facebook, Twitter and other social networking sites. Read the full article »

It’s Time to Start Serving: 10 Facts and Stats on Volunteering, 12/07/2010
In today's world we all live such hectic, fast-paced lives that finding the time (or energy) to volunteer for something other than the latest episode of The Office can feel like a monumental task. A volunteer is someone who willingly donates time to their community to serve a greater good. Pretty noble, huh Read the full article »

Frazzled Moms Push Back Against Volunteering

New York Times, 12/01/2010
Parents are pulling back from their volunteer work at their children's schools, leaving schools without the much needed support on which they have relied for years. Read the full article »

Celebrate International Volunteer Managers Day every year on November 5, 11/05/2010
Universally, people recognise the contribution of volunteers - in sport, health, emergency services, faith communities and the environmental lobby fact volunteers are involved in just about every aspect of service delivery in all walks of life.

However, volunteering does not succeed in a vacuum. Behind this army of volunteers lies an equally dedicated group of individuals and agencies who are reponsible for the coordination, support, training, administration and recruitment of the world's volunteers - skilled professionals who are adept at taking singular passion and turning it into effective action. Read the full article »

generationOn -- Empowering Kids to Better Their World

Huffington Post, 10/25/2010
This past Saturday hundreds of young people joined together to launch generationOn, a global youth service movement that encourages all kids to discover their power and potential to solve real world problems through service. Powered by Points of Light Institute and supported by Hasbro, we officially kicked off this global movement in the heart of Washington, D.C., on Make a Difference Day, the nation's largest day of volunteer service. It was the culmination of a week's worth of activities that involved more than 26,000 young people in service ranging from book drives to adopt-a-shark programs -- imagined and executed by kids. Read the full article »

The Distinctly American Tradition of Charity

U.S. News & World Report, 10/18/2010

In December 1941, 26-year-old Rae Wilson wrote the editor of the North Platte, Neb., Daily Bulletin after having watched townspeople hand out food and notes of encouragement to soldiers on their way to combat in World War II. Wilson suggested that the community open a free canteen to serve the soldiers whose troop trains paused in North Platte while the steam engines took on water. Her letter launched one of the most inspiring home-front efforts of the war. When the trains made their brief stops en route to military bases in the West, North Platte put on a show. Young women attended each arrival with baskets and smiles, offering fruit, matches, and candy bars to the soldiers, while directing them to the canteen. Inside, a pianist provided music and local girls wearing their Sunday finest danced with the servicemen for a few moments. "For the next five years, volunteers welcomed every single troop train that came through North Platte with something good to eat and words of encouragement," Bob Greene wrote movingly in his book, Once Upon a Town: The Miracle of the North Platte Canteen (2003). "More than 55,000 volunteers from 125 communities


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’We Generation’: Tweens volunteer, start non-profits

USA Today, 10/13/2010
NEW YORK — Despite what you may have heard, tweens aren't all about social networking, iPods, the mall and celebrities.

Growing numbers of pre-teens and early teens are giving tweens a new face: a socially responsible young citizen. They're not only doing good in their local communities, but having a global impact. Some have created their own non-profits, and most have websites enlisting the support of kids like themselves who also want to help others.

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What’s Really In the Hearts of Donors? And other stories...

The Nonprofit Times, 10/06/2010
  • A 100 Million Dollar Surprise for Students:  Facebook founder Mark Zuckerberg makes a large donation to the public school system
  • Healthcare Funding in the U.S. Plummets:  Donations dropped substantially last year
  • What's Really in the Hearts of Donors:  A look at why some people give
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Good Intentions Going Nowhere - Again

Energize Inc., 10//2010
On September 27th, NBC News launched "Education Nation," a week-long examination of the state of American public schools and what concerned citizens can do to help. That morning, the television show Today gave American Express CMO John Hayes the opportunity to announce his company's "Action for Education Challenge."  In a nutshell, if 100,000 people “pledge to do something – anything” for American schools by registering with this initiative by October 1st, American Express will give one million dollars to  Read the full article »

Spurred By NY, 10 Cities Launch Volunteer Programs

CBS New York, 09/29/2010

NEW YORK (AP) – Ten U.S. cities are recruiting volunteers to help with local problems such as flood recovery and childhood obesity as part of a nationwide emphasis on service led by New York Mayor Michael Bloomberg.

Bloomberg founded a volunteer corps in his city last year in response to President Barack Obama’s call for more Americans to do service work. He then launched a coalition of cities focused on service, and it now has more than 100 member cities.

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HSBC and Rebuilding Together New York City Join Together to Perform Rebuild

PR Newswire, 09/23/2010
NEW YORK, Sept. 23 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- Today, Rebuilding Together, the nation's leading nonprofit working to preserve affordable homeownership, is working with sponsor HSBC Bank USA, N.A. (HSBC), to deliver critical and energy-efficient repairs to a Housing Works facility for homeless people living with HIV/AIDS in the East Village of Manhattan. Read the full article »

Bloomberg Swears-in Civic Corps

Epoch Times, 09/15/2010
NEW YORK—Mayor Michael Bloomberg swore in the second class of the New York City corps on Tuesday, a specially trained group of AmeriCorps members who work at nonprofit and public organizations to increase the number of volunteers.

In this one-year program, Civic Corps members help to build infrastructure and programs in nonprofits to most efficiently use volunteers and recruit new volunteers. Bloomberg called them the "force multiplier."
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Cash-strapped schools turn to volunteers to fill budget gaps

CNN, 09/01/2010

NEW YORK ( -- As state and local funding for education dries up, schools around the nation are asking their communities to help them maintain their services and programming.

Many are increasing their use of volunteers, while others are boosting their fundraising efforts. Some are even turning to online auctions to boost reserves.

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Sun Bank Sets Employee Volunteer Day on Oct. 11

Cape May County Herald, 09/01/2010

VINELAND — Sun National Bank will host its second annual “Banking on our Communities” day on Mon., Oct. 11, from 1-5 p.m.

The bank is looking for projects at local, non-profit organizations throughout New Jersey where employees can volunteer their time and service.

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Community Newswire, 09/01/2010

Many of those who manage volunteers are underfunded, undervalued and need better training and support, according to a report published today.

The study of more than 1,000 voluntary sector organisations found that 42% of those who managed volunteers had not received any training that would help in their work with volunteers.

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Volunteering in America 2010 National Report Available Now, 06/17/2010
The Corporation for National and Community Service is pleased to release Volunteering in America 2010. Across the country, 63.4 million Americans volunteered to help their communities in 2009, an additional 1.6 million volunteers when compared to 2008, contributing 8.1 billion hours of service, which has an estimated dollar value of nearly $169 billion. Read the full article »

Social Media to the Rescue

TechCrunch Europe, 06/02/2010

Volunteers are using Social Media like Twitter to mobilize, organize, and energize cleanup efforts for the Gulf Oil Spill

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NYAVA Professional Profile and Salary Survey Results

NYAVA, 10/20/2009
View the results of the first ever Professional Profile and Salary Survey of Volunteer Administrators working in NYC. Read the full article »

Volunteering Abroad Provides Alternative Experience

USA Today, //
Volunteering abroad has become the new way to experience the world during college. Read the full article »
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