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Mei Cobb

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An International Day of Recognition for Volunteer Managers

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November 5, 2014 marks the 15th annual celebration of International Volunteer Managers Day (IVMD). As I wrote in August, volunteer managers are essential to making sure that organized volunteer efforts are creating impact and a positive experience for the volunteer and beneficiary alike. United Way and others offer training and other support for volunteer managers throughout the year, and on November 5th, organizations around the world create special events to honor volunteer managers.

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11/04/14

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Jesse Marcus

By Jesse Marcus


Thank You and Happy Birthday, Dr. Salk!

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Photo credit: Google.

The inventor of the polio vaccine didn’t care about being famous, and neither do the millions of people who wake up everyday dedicated to making their community a place of opportunity for everyone.

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10/28/14

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Mei Cobb

By Mei Cobb


Exploring the Volunteer Landscape in Taiwan

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Fresh back to the U.S. from a fantastic speaking and learning opportunity in Australia, I eagerly prepared for my next experience, this time in Taiwan. I traveled there at the invitation of Dr. Shin-shin Chen, from the Department of Social Work at Chaoyang University of Technology in Taichung City, Taiwan to present a series of lectures and workshops on United Way and Volunteer Engagement practices.

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10/27/14

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Mei Cobb

By Mei Cobb


Cheers to Volunteers: Make A Difference Day

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Volunteers across the U.S. will come together on October 25, 2014 with a common mission – to improve the lives of others. For more than 20 years, USA WEEKEND Magazine, in collaboration with Points of Light, has sponsored Make A Difference Day. Millions are expected to participate, making this the largest national day of community service in the U.S.

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10/24/14

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Jesse Marcus

By Jesse Marcus


Beyond Pink Ribbons: Shifting the Conversation from Awareness to Access

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Tina Grant, with her daughter and biggest supporter, Gina.

You know it’s October, because suddenly pink ribbons are everywhere, people are biking and running and making calls to raise awareness about breast cancer, and talking heads and celebrity spokespeople are doing their part to spread the word.

This year, however, I humbly suggest that we broaden the discussion, because awareness is not enough. If we really want to trumpet the importance of detecting breast cancer early on, then we also have to address the fact that too many people still don’t have access to potentially life-saving preventive medicine. 

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10/17/14

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