Non-profits rely on volunteers to accomplish their mission and therefore must establish strategies and the bandwidth to effectively attract, engage and manage a volunteer workforce.
We don't have to be perfect saints or know every answer to every question to begin working for a more just world. We can be wounded or hesitant ourselves, sometimes profoundly so.
Recently, I discovered an amazing way for people to come together as a community. The incredible experience was inspired by a young man named Barry Bartlett and captured in this video.
I have come to realize there are 3 dreams wrapped up in Pajama Program #1 The children's dreams. If they are afraid, they want to feel protected and...
It was an evil theme park from a bad movie. You know... the kind where the people all look cheerful and the colors are bright and the music is happ...
If you take Gandhi's statement, "You must be the change you wish to see in the world," and blend it with Mother Theresa's "If you want to change the world, pick up a broom." you will have Rachel Carbary's formula for creating a successful grassroots effort for change.
I am Cejas the Dog. I am grateful. Dog mothers don't have to be dogs themselves. We have birth dog mothers and then we have human Dog Mothers, the beautiful, dedicated, loving volunteers at local SPCAs, city shelters, and rescue organizations.
I'm sure they're happily looking forward to sleeping-in, unstructured days, mindless hours of video games and eating you out of house and home. Wait! Don't panic. There's still time for them to line up a summer job.
When student-run Athletes For Hope at the University of Virginia ("AFH-UVA") launched its Teams in School pilot program, it was received warmly by t...
The true heroes wore the blazing orange colors of the Bulldogs, the camouflage green of the Stings and the royal blue of the Falcons to name a few. These were the athletes of the 2014 Special Olympics.
As humans, we're shaped by the experiences that get us outside our comfort zone. The rush of adrenaline that comes from a scare, a laugh, or pure repulsion causes our brains to record things more clearly than normal.
Think about your first experience volunteering. I would wager a bet to say that either you have a personal connection with the institution and wanted to help, or someone you know asked you to get involved.
I write today not just to applaud a bunch of teens who got up early on a Saturday morning to help, without a single request for "service hours," but to underscore the importance of a packet of mayonnaise.
The spirit of young people, their idealism and desire to serve have been a source of inspiration since I co-founded City Year 25 years ago.
The truth is, I have some of those photos. Photos of me with three or more young children on my lap smiling for the camera. When you don't even know the other subjects' names, the shared stage of your Facebook profile picture becomes and altar to the commodification of poverty.
Michael's jump into the Sea of Cortez to save Valentina was symbolic of his frustration at the current situation that these majestic animals face, his way of appealing to all of us to do our bit and speak up for the whales to our appropriate agencies and governments.