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Celebrate International Volunteer Day

December 5th is International Volunteer Day. Established in 1985 by the United Nations, International Volunteer Day is a chance to celebrate and thank volunteers worldwide, and increase awareness of the value of volunteers.

Volunteering During the Holidays

The holiday season is here – and with it are opportunities to spend time with family, take days off from work and, often, a greater sense of wanting to help those in need. So the holidays should be a great time to volunteer, right?

Volunteer to Make A Difference

For more than 20 years, USA WEEKEND Magazine has sponsored Make A Difference Day. Scheduled on Saturday, October 26, 2013, millions of volunteers from around the world will unite in a common mission to improve the lives of others.

Volunteer Management & Feeding 1,000 More People Each Month

Research conducted by the TCC Group shows that organizations that strategically leverage volunteers outperform peer organizations on all measures of organizational capacity and have greater impact. These organizations, known as “service enterprises,” often deliver great results with fewer financial resources than peer organizations.

Volunteer to be Prepared

September is National Preparedness Month in the United States. National Preparedness Month encourages Americans to take steps to prepare for emergencies in their homes, businesses, schools, and communities. FEMA's Ready Campaign offers a wealth of information to help all of us prepare for and respond to emergencies, including natural disasters like hurricanes and other major storms, and potential terrorist attacks.

On 9/11, Even the Smallest Act of Service

"Even the smallest act of service, the simplest act of kindness, is a way to honor those we lost, a way to reclaim that spirit of unity that followed 9/11," said President Barack Obama on the 10th anniversary of the September 11, 2001 terrorist attacks on the United States.

Around the World, Corporate Volunteers Make a Difference

Recently I wrote about how on July 18th each year, Mandela Day inspires volunteers throughout the world. A few days later, I became even more inspired when I learned how United Way’s partner in South Africa, Pietermaritzburg and District Community Chest, engaged companies in celebrating the international day of service honoring Nelson Mandela.

What Are Employee Volunteer Programs?

It can be tough to plan a volunteer effort that benefits your employees. But, with the right partner, finding and executing meaningful volunteer opportunities that help achieve strategic business goals is easier than one might think.

Five Great Reasons for High School Students to Volunteer

Is your teen looking for something to do this summer? Introduce them to community volunteer work. Whether they team up with friends or volunteer solo, they’ll gain new skills they can use in the future, learn more about what they enjoy doing and build stronger communities in the process.