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Brett Kremer, Hunger-Fighting Producer Extraordinaire

Brett Kramer After Thanksgiving 2011, The Fellowship Cup — a food pantry in Henry County, Iowa — found their shelves bare. After donating countless Thanksgiving baskets to members of their community struggling with food insecurity, they needed a way to quickly replenish their stock. That’s where Brett Kremer came in. Brett used to be a…

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How to Conduct Effective Volunteer Meetings

Guest post by Apakshit Sachdeva “Volunteers are the only human beings on the face of the earth who reflect this nation’s compassion, unselfish caring, patience, and just plain loving one another.”—Erma Bombeck In today’s world, volunteerism serves as a hope for restoring the virtues of compassion, empathy, and community-building. Since volunteers are such a rare…


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Doing Good Can Make You Feel Good, Study on Volunteerism Finds

Employee volunteerism positively affects the health and well-being of the people who participate, according to a new study by UnitedHealthcare and VolunteerMatch. The Doing Good is Good for You Study reveals 75 percent of U.S. adults feel physically healthier by volunteering, with a stronger connection to their employers. The mental and emotional benefits of volunteering…

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Innovation and Sustainable Volunteering [Part 2]

Guest post by Meridian Swift This post originally appeared on Volunteer Plain Talk Read part one. What would sustainable volunteering look like? Besides many of the innovations already being implemented, what would nurturing a volunteer garden shared within our communities involve? Is this a 180 degree leap or is it more of a naturally occurring shift…


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Sustainability and Volunteerism

Guest post by Meridian Swift This post originally appeared on Volunteer Plain Talk Retention: the continued possession, use, or control of something. Does that sound like the volunteerism you know? Not to me either. Maybe it’s time to rethink using the phrase “volunteer retention,” because it conjures up images of a stagnant retention pond. It also rhymes…

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Need Volunteers Following a Natural Disaster?

Mother nature just wreaked havoc on your community — now what? In times of disaster, people are eager to help. They seek ways to feel helpful and resourceful. If it makes sense for your local organization to help communities affected following a natural disaster, here’s a checklist for finding the right volunteers. We can’t emphasize…


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Need Volunteers Following a Natural Disaster?

Mother nature just wreaked havoc on your community — now what? In times of disaster, people are eager to help. They seek ways to feel helpful and resourceful. If it makes sense for your local organization to help communities affected following a natural disaster, here’s a checklist for finding the right volunteers. We can’t emphasize…

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How You Can Help Communities Affected by Hurricane Harvey

You’ve likely heard by now that Hurricane Harvey brought unrelenting rain to some of Texas’ most populous cities. By the time the storm wears off later this week, federal officials predict its effects will drive 30,000 people into shelters, spur nearly half a million victims to seek disaster assistance, and inundate some areas with more…


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How You Can Help Communities Affected by Hurricane Harvey

You’ve likely heard by now that Hurricane Harvey brought unrelenting rain to some of Texas’ most populous cities. By the time the storm wears off later this week, federal officials predict its effects will drive 30,000 people into shelters, spur nearly half a million victims to seek disaster assistance, and inundate some areas with more…

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Remember, Seek Out Volunteers Who Represent Your Audience

Guest post by Kayla Matthews Volunteers are a core component of any nonprofit. Regardless of the work you do, who you’re trying to help, or the mission you’re hoping to accomplish, a nonprofit isn’t successful without the support of its volunteers. When recruiting volunteers for an organization, it’s important that the people who are dedicating…