Blog Archive

Blog Archive

Youth Turn Messages of Joy and Peace Into Action That Serves Others

The Joy Maker Challenge "gave us the perfect means to donate new toys to needy children by using the two resources we can afford – time and talent,” said North Carolina teacher Renee Halpin of the campaign run by generationOn and sponsored by Hasbro. “It was also refreshing to see how they transformed from 'I want' to 'I want to give.'"

The Warm Embrace of Community

At UJA-Federation of New York, we wanted to think about volunteer engagement in radically new ways. We knew an important first step to engaging more volunteers at our nearly 100 beneficiary agencies was to invest in the capacity of select organizations to engage volunteers in their critical work.

Chronically Sick Kids Get a Boost From Volunteer Coaches Because of Her

“When children are chronically ill, the first thing they lose is their freedom and self-esteem,” says Leah Bernthal. “I wanted to change that.” Bernthal co-founded CoachArt in 2001 in response to a profound need for support and enrichment programs for chronically ill pediatric patients outside the hospital.

5 Selfish Reasons to Volunteer

Volunteering tends to be viewed as the ultimate selfless act – after all, you’re giving up your own time and resources to help others without receiving anything tangible in return. But a growing body of research suggests there are actually numerous social, physical and psychological benefits to be gained from charitable pastimes.

After Her Mother's Suicide, She Found Strength Through Volunteer Service and Now Helps Others in Grief

Though the grief over losing a loved one may never go away, Jennifer White sees how it can be transformed over time. She’s the founder of the Hope After Project, an organization that creates volunteer opportunities in memory of people who have died. The concept grew out of White's own loss.

This Teen Turns Girls Into Queens

At age 11 – playing in her first chess tournament – Anjana Murali learned about the gender disparity in the world of chess. Inspired by her subsequent tournament experiences, Anjana began Queen’s Game, an all-girl chess camp designed to help break down gender barriers while introducing chess to girls.

5 Tips for Engaging Boomer Volunteers

“We are a generation that understands the power of rallying around a cause we believe in to make a difference in the world. Join us and see how great it feels to change the world again.” That’s the call to action of a Denver-based nonprofit, Boomers Leading Change in Health. At a recent conference, the organization's managing director provided these tips for engaging boomer volunteers.

3 Steps Toward a Better Future

Think Big. Dig Deep. Make Change. This motto defines our outlook at RISE Egypt, an organization that I co-founded and lead that connects Egyptian social entrepreneurs to a global ecosystem of support to enable, catalyze and scale development in Egypt. As I look back on the past 15 years since I graduated college and served in AmeriCorps, I realize that it has also served as an inner mantra for many years.

Inspiring Thousands to Get Involved, With Ice Water and a Cause

The man who sparked the ALS Ice Bucket Challenge, Pete Frates – a former baseball player at Boston College – was just 27 when he started experiencing symptoms of ALS, more commonly known as Lou Gehrig’s disease. But almost immediately after receiving the diagnosis that would alter his life, he rolled up his sleeves to fight. 

Let the Music Move You on MLK Day

As part of a national day of service honoring the life of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr., musicians in 50 cities will volunteer their talents by leading music-making events at children’s and veterans’ hospitals, shelters for women and the homeless, and other community settings during the MLK holiday weekend, Jan. 17 - 19.

Tending to the Visible and Invisible Wounds of War

For our troops, returning home after long tours of duty abroad doesn’t always mean their fight is over. The Theater of War: Soldiers and Citizens Tour addresses one of the most difficult journeys our service members face – reintegration back into their communities after experiencing the trauma of war.

3 Tips for Inspiring Your Kids to Volunteer

Giving back to your community is a gift that gives right back, and habits and viewpoints instilled at a young age are much more likely to stick with a person than those developed later in life. Because of this, it’s great for kids to get used to the idea of being involved in their community through volunteer work and other types of service.

Here's How You Can Get Involved on MLK Day

Millions of Americans will come together on Martin Luther King, Jr., Day – January 19 – in national service and dialogue to honor Dr. King. Here's how you can get involved in your community.