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Giva Salutes: MEND Poverty

Mend Poverty

At Giva we search for organizations, large and small, that are doing a great job of changing the world around them for the better; and we are pleased to salute them here.

MEND Poverty, a nonprofit dedicated to serving the homeless population of San Fernando Valley, California, promises to "Meet Each Need with Dignity." Founded in the 1970s, this organization provides emergency food, clothing, healthcare, and job training skills–all for no cost.

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Giva Student Scholarship Winner Essay: Malerie Pratt - In the Congo

Democratic Republic of the Congo

Giva is proud to showcase the essays of its Student Scholarship and Worldwide Community Ambassador Award winners. Below is an essay from Ms. Malerie Pratt, medical student at Oregon Health and Science University. Giva's hope is to inspire others through these essays. We hope that sharing these essays will help others realize the joys and benefits of service.

In the Congo
By Malerie Pratt:

When I arrived in the city of Beni in the Democratic Republic of the Congo, I witnessed an Africa that was incredibly different from the peaceful Zambia I had become accustomed to. There were ten militia rebel groups stationed within a 100 mile radius around the city. I had traveled to Beni to work in a Congolese hospital and to start to become familiar with the culture and language there.

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Giva Salutes: Volunteers of America

Volunteers of America

At Giva we search for organizations, large and small, that are doing a great job of changing the world around them for the better; and we are pleased to salute them here.

Do you know who has been helping people in your very own community? Volunteers of America is a nonprofit touching the lives of over 2 million people in our own backyards.

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4 Tips to Recruiting Baby Boomer Volunteers

Volunteer Recruiting Tips

Baby Boomers—the generation of 76 million Americans born between 1946 and 1964—represent a potentially enormous boost to volunteerism in the U.S. Unfortunately, this potential has yet to be fully realized. According to a recent report by the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics, both the number and percentage of boomers (ages 51- 69) who volunteered in 2014 are down from 2013.

Rather, perhaps surprisingly, people between the ages of 35 and 44 were much more likely to volunteer (29.8%). For persons 45 years and over, there was an inverse relationship between age and volunteering: as the age of the studied group increased, volunteer rates decreased.

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Embracing Generation Gaps in Business & Volunteering

Generations Working Together

In the 1960s, Americans invented the phrase "Generation Gap" to define the discrepancies in values and viewpoints among generations. This phrase originated from the counterculture, a time when political and social turmoil captured the attention of Baby Boomers. This group of generational revolutionaries varied from the conservative Traditionalists before them, and even more so from the Generation Xers and the Millennials proceeding them.

Sociologists later extensively studied these differences in attitudes, renaming the Generation Gap as "institutional age segregation." Generation gaps are often observed in the workplace: Millennials may find a Traditionalist preference for face-to-face communication boring, and a Generation Xer may find the Baby Boomer's commitment to work disturbing! In this post, acknowledging that no description perfectly describes any generation of workers, we attempt to uncover some nuanced differences arising from Generation Gaps in the workplace, and how companies can cultivate harmony and passion despite age differences.

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Giva Announces Its New Volunteer Resource Information Center

Giva Volunteer Resource Information Center

At Giva, we realize standing outside looking into the world of volunteerism can be very intimidating and overwhelming for many people. That is why we are excited to announce our new Volunteer Resource Information Center! This tool seeks to be a bridge to inspire and assist people in identifying and awakening their natural gifts, skills and desires in their quest to help others.

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Giva 411: Volunteer Power Tools for the Nonprofit Leader

Volutneer Power

Volunteer Power is an organization with a definite focus: to "understand and equip the 21st century volunteer." Managed by Thomas W. McKee, owner and CEO of the training and development company Advantage Point Systems Inc., Mr. McKee is a volunteer, association management consultant, an educator, author, motivational speaker, and trainer. He proficiently collaborates with organizations and/or companies of varying sizes and types. Years of experience and knowledge qualify Mr. McKee to provide nonprofit leaders/visionaries with the content needed to reach their organizational goals. Co-authors Thomas and Jonathan McKee are volunteer leadership experts dedicated to helping nonprofit leaders mobilize the power and passion of their volunteers.

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Youth Volunteer Spotlight: Youth Volunteer Corps of America

Youth Volunteer Corps

One of the best and most effective ways to help people is through volunteerism. Not only does it assist those in need but also helps to shape those who choose to volunteer into better, more well-rounded people. The essence of volunteerism is helping others, so when a volunteer sees the changes they are making, it inspires them to keep going. At a time, when there are all different kinds of organizations out in the world it can be difficult for a young person to get involved, not knowing where to begin.

Youth Volunteer Corps of America (YVC) is an organization founded upon the idea that volunteerism inspires volunteerism.

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Skills-Based Volunteerism, Part 4: Standard Team Projects

Skills, Abilities, Knowledge Volunteerism

For the previous parts of this series, please see:
Skills-Based Volunteerism, Part 1
Skills-Based Volunteerism, Part 2: Functional Coaching & Mentoring
Skills-Based Volunteerism, Part 3: Marathon

Standard Team Projects

Think of this type of skills-based volunteerism like consulting, your business delegates forming a team of employees to scope and structure a project around addressing a need or problem for your nonprofit of choice:

  • Individuals within each team are assigned a specific role in consulting and working to address a need.
  • Like consulting, expertise and research is used to develop a strategy for effectively improving some sort of internal or external functioning for the nonprofit, or resolving an issue that that nonprofit faces.
  • Standard Team Projects require careful consideration of a nonprofit's resources, community assets, and of course their mission.
  • With careful implementation and oversight from the team, this type of pro-bono volunteerism has the potential to create a significant long term impact on a nonprofit and its ability to create social or environmental change.

The following is an example of a group using Standard Team Projects:

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Youth Volunteerism Spotlight: City Year

City Year

Anyone who is looking to perform volunteer work can find themselves lost in even knowing where to start. With so many options available, it is hard to know which ones deserve the extra attention. That being said, there is an organization that dedicates itself to educating the youth. City Year is an organization that takes and trains volunteers to go and "be" the support system for students who may not have one. These volunteers devote their time and efforts to encouraging students living in communities filled with poverty to get a good education. work hard and graduate. Tutoring is also offered free of charge for those who need it. Providing a solid education may be said to be the most effective way to give young people their best chance to lead a successful life. Helping these students through their schooling equips them to go out and get jobs for which they need a certain education.

Not only does City Year provide tutoring, they also offer the support that students may not receive at home or from their peers. The volunteers call and check in on their students and encourage them to go to school, study, etc. The volunteers also run after-school clubs, encouraging the students to get involved in something. They can engage with their school, community and work to learn about the world through their peers. Not only is City Year run nationwide in the United States, but they also have locations in London, England and Johannesburg, South Africa. And just about anyone can get involved! Students can participate and know they are changing someone else's life; and being a student allows them to better connect with the people they are helping. Former students are encouraged to get involved to provide the same support they have been given. City Year's main goal is to bridge the gap between having the resources to provide a good education to students and the support and encouragement needed to give students that extra push and motivation to succeed.

To learn more about City Year's over 20 locations in which to serve or to donate, visit their website http://www.cityyear.org.

 

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