Mei Cobb is Senior Director, Volunteer & Employee Engagement at United Way Worldwide headquartered outside of Washington, DC. 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.
As the holiday momentum picks up speed, we find more and more great ideas being generated for helping others. Our colleagues at United Way of Anchorage have compiled a terrific guide that we want to share covering holiday giving, advocating and volunteering ideas. These are just a few ways that you can give your time, talent and gifts during this holiday season.
Looking for ways to give back to your community this holiday season but don't know how? Having trouble finding the perfect holiday volunteer opportunity? This list of 12 Days of Caring was adapted from a list created by the Student Community Involvement Team at United Way of Larimer County Student Community Involvement Team at United Way of Larimer County as a way to encourage people to make giving back a part of their daily routine.
Today, December 5th is United Way Worldwide Day of Action and was launched to galvanize volunteers and organizations worldwide around education, financial stability and health issues. It connects the international network and aligns with the United Nations’ International Volunteer Day, which also occurs on December 5th each year.
How is volunteering impacting different societies around the world? What do we have in common with them? Find out the answer to this question and more on December 5 when the State of the World's Volunteerism report is launched.