The role of the SNAP program isn’t to provide additional money to paid government volunteers; it is to help feed hungry American families. Senator John Thune, R-ND, in an article framing food stamps as a perk for paid government volunteers. Right. Food stamps (SNAP benefits) are to help feed hungry Americans. At an AmeriCorps salary,… Continue reading
If you’re here in person: You can volunteer. NYC Service is the hub, but organizations like New York Cares also have projects in all 5 boroughs, and even have a special section of their website for disaster recovery. There are also great lists to monitor through Brokelyn and Time Out New York, which they’re keeping… Continue reading Want to help NYC recover from the storm, but don’t know how?
We proved that when we said thank you, people volunteered more. Thanked volunteers completed four more projects during the year, on average, than people we left alone. Volunteers in the recognition group volunteered 15 times during the year; unrecognized individuals just 11 times. Sixteen percent of our total 97,000 volunteer opportunities filled just because we… Continue reading
Any motivation to give back to the community in some way is a good one, and any efforts made are noble and truly wonderful. However, I do think that some volunteer opportunities carry a higher capacity for impact than others. Painting a homeless shelter, for instance, has definite worth for the folks both working at… Continue reading Volunteering Skills with Impact
With My Own Two Hands, Ben Harper Love this song. Did you get your LIFT Benefit ticket yet for his exclusive performance?
In 2011, AmeriCorps received a whopping 582,000 applications for just 82,000 positions. This is up from 536,000 in 2010 for 85,000 spots. That means that over two years, nearly 1 million Americans have been turned away from serving the country through AmeriCorps. This is VERY sad to me. We definitely need more national service opportunities,… Continue reading
Investing in volunteer management helps nonprofits better meet community needs and supports our employees as they help their neighbors. Evern Cooper, President of the UPS Foundation Source: A Guide to Investing in Volunteer Resources Management: Improve Your Philanthropic Portfolio
We know the future will outlast all of us, but I believe that all of us will live on in the future we make. Ted Kennedy
Volunteering in America. There’s no way to ignore the impact here; we need to protect and continue to grow our human capital in this regard and not squelch the amazing drive that’s already there through cuts and a dismissive attitude towards volunteerism. Want to do something about it? Do it.
That’s exactly what Carlo Garcia (Twitter, Tumblr) has been doing for the last year and counting. This year, he basically picked one nonprofit organization a day, researched and wrote about it, and then donated usually $5 or $10. The organizations could (and did!) then use Carlo’s giving to get others on board, and readers of… Continue reading Imagine giving a little something everyday….