Engaging Volunteers

Engaging Volunteers

Be Brave. Be Kind. Volunteer.

Editor’s note: We recently had the opportunity to blog for the Born This Way Foundation’s Born Brave blog. This post, in which VolunteerMatch’s Senior Marketing Manager Tess Srebro shares a personal volunteer story, was originally published there. “Life begins at the edge of your comfort zone.” In 2015, I moved to a city that few…

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7 Essentials For a Tight Volunteer Corps – Recognize Any of These?

Guest post by Elisa Kosarin. This post originally appeared on Twenty Hats. Running a strong docent program is like conducting an orchestra. With the right practices, everyone harmonizes. If you’ve been reading this blog for a while, you may recall a post about Life Purpose Statements. The statements are a great exercise for reconnecting with what brought you…


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The Relationship that Propels a Volunteer Manager Forward

Guest post by Elisa Kosarin. This post originally appeared on Twenty Hats. Sometimes it takes an admirer to find our inner superhero It’s one thing to subscribe to a theory and quite another to see if happens for real. That’s why I was so excited to take part in the 2017 National Summit on Volunteer Engagement Leadership,…

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These Volunteers Get Creative to #FightHunger

While the number of Americans experiencing homelessness continues to decline, the number of individuals and families who go hungry is on the rise (according to the U.S. Conference of Mayors’ Report on Hunger and Homelessness). With nearly 9,000 homeless & housing and hunger volunteer opportunities available on VolunteerMatch, it’s clear that we still have work…


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Why Do You #GiveTime to the Causes You Believe In?

When you #givetime to causes you believe in, you end up giving to yourself in the process. Volunteering improves mood and self-esteem, lowers stress, and leaves volunteers feeling physically healthier, according to The Doing Good is Good for You Study. With the holidays around the corner — *cue “Elf” gifs* — the health benefits related…

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FYI, Professional Development Makes Volunteer Managers Happier (Not to Mention Smarter)

Guest post by Elisa Kosarin. This post originally appeared on Twenty Hats. This leader of volunteers loves the lifetime learning. Here’s why. It’s like an inside joke. If you manage volunteers, you get why I named my business Twenty Hats. We may be hired for one job, but along the way we pick up plenty of other…


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How to Rock Social Media and Give Your Volunteers an A+ Experience

Guest post by Elisa Kosarin. This post originally appeared on Twenty Hats. At this nonprofit, group volunteers don’t just act: they reflect – and create great social media content Greg Rockwell solved a marketing problem and an education problem with four simple questions. Along the way, he created a more meaningful volunteer experience. Greg, the Community Relations Manager for THRIVE…

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Bringing Remarkable People and Causes Together

By Greg Baldwin, president, VolunteerMatch. Nonprofits are on a mission to improve lives and create a better world. The volunteers that hope to join them also want to change the world. It’s imperative that they find each other; it’s a lost opportunity when they don’t. That’s where VolunteerMatch comes in: VolunteerMatch brings volunteers and nonprofits…


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[Infographic] Reasons to Give Volunteering a Try

There’s no question that volunteering improves communities. But did you know volunteering may be good for your health, too? In partnership with UnitedHealthcare, we announced The Doing Good is Good for You study. The study revealed 75 percent of U.S. adults feel physically healthier by volunteering and nearly 9 in 10 note an improvement in…

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Are You Tapping the Nation’s Fastest Growing Source of Talent?

Editor’s Note: VolunteerMatch recently partnered with Generation to Generation to highlight the incredible work they’re doing with people over 50 and volunteerism. Check out this message from Stefanie Weiss, director of strategic communications for Encore.org’s Generation to Generation Campaign, and weigh in if you can! Guest Post by Stefanie Weiss In these challenging times, there’s…