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Mei Cobb is Director, Volunteer & Employee Engagement at United Way Worldwide headquartered outside of Washington, DC.   United Way is a global network with a presence in 41 countries and has 1800 local organizations.  United Way advances the common good, creating opportunities for a better life for all by focusing on the three key building blocks of education, income and health.Prior to her work at United Way, Mei served as Senior Vice President for the Points of Light Foundation, founded in 1990 by former President George H.W. Bush.  Mei led all programming and was in charge of Infrastructure Development & Delivery Systems.  During her fifteen year tenure with the Foundation, her responsibilities included the development of and partnership with the 350 local affiliates of the Volunteer Center National Network.  In addition, her portfolio included corporate volunteering, youth and family volunteering, international and disaster volunteering. Mei is also a partner with VIP GlobalNet and an international consultant and trainer on volunteering.  She is a strong advocate for the leadership role Volunteer Centers play to help impact serious social problems in local communities throughout the world.  She has consulted, designed and conducted training in 21 countries on 6 continents.  She most recently worked with the Emirates Foundation in the United Arab Emirates.Earlier in her career, Mei was Vice President, Volunteer Services at the United Way of San Diego County and worked at the United Way of Escambia County and the United Way of Greater Milwaukee.

Blog Posts by Mei Cobb

Global Youth Service Day

The celebration of volunteering in April continues with Global Youth Service Day April 17-19, 2015. Celebrating young people and their service.

What Causes Episodic Volunteers to Keep Coming Back?

Understanding the motivations and satisfaction of episodic volunteers – those who volunteer on a periodic or recurring basis rather than in an ongoing capacity – is something we in the nonprofit community need to take the time to do really well. That’s the key takeaway from recent research that examines what leads episodic volunteers to return on a regular basis.

Volunteers Decide to Go Read Across America

“You have brains in your head. You have feet in your shoes. You can steer yourself any direction you choose. You're on your own. And you know what you know. And YOU are the one who'll decide where to go...” So writes Dr. Seuss in Oh, The Places You’ll Go. On Read Across America Day, United Way volunteers have decided where to go to read this children’s classic: local child care centers and schools, to help build a nation of readers.

Taking a Closer Look at Employee Volunteering

Companies increasingly have organized volunteer programs to encourage their employees to volunteer in the community. We need more research that explores workplace volunteering, so United Way decided to contribute to a new study that takes a closer look at corporate volunteering programs and employee motivations for participating.