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Jesse Marcus

By Jesse Marcus


WOMEN IN PHILANTHROPY

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A Conversation with Ann Stallard and Dr. Johnnetta B. Cole

It’s the ultimate women’s fireside chat – inspiring, funny, informative and provocative. Listen in on a candid dialogue between two women who have been pioneers in civic life, work and United Way’s mission of community change. 

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02/25/15

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Mei Cobb

By Mei Cobb


Taking a Closer Look at Employee Volunteering

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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.

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02/25/15

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Mei Cobb

By Mei Cobb


VISTA Volunteers: 50 Years of Taking on Poverty

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What do more than 80 United Ways and the 36th President of the United States have in common?  A not-so-secret weapon for combating poverty: the AmeriCorps Volunteers In Service To America (VISTA) program. President Lyndon B. Johnson initiated the VISTA program in 1965 as a domestic complement to the Peace Corps to combat poverty through national service.  Since then, the program has recruited and mobilized 190,000 full-time, year-long volunteers to serve with organizations on capacity-building projects addressing poverty.

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02/23/15

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Mei Cobb

By Mei Cobb


Volunteers and Valentines

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United Way Fox Cities recently combined volunteers and valentines to promote literacy among children and healthy eating for families at the Valentine’s Family Festival. The free, fun, family-oriented event is organized annually by United Way Fox Cities Emerging Leaders, a group of young adult volunteers committed to making a difference in the Menasha, Wisconsin area.

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02/19/15

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Mei Cobb

By Mei Cobb


Youth & Volunteering: More Powerful Together

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According to a recent Associated Press – GfK poll, volunteering was the only civic activity that adults under 30 were just as likely to rate as very important as older people. This is a positive sign for our immediate and long-term future, if we can continue to nurture volunteering and community engagement among young people.  Volunteering can bring about new experiences and genuine connections that can alter the way youth think about their world and approach problems, while honing their capacity to recognize the things they have in common with people who may seem very different from them.

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02/17/15

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