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Volunteer Match: Kids and Families

Thursday, July 22, 2010

All this month we're highlighting volunteer opportunities in our listening area. Greg Baldwin, president of VolunteerMatch, discusses how you can help. This week we look at opportunities for kids and for families.

→ Explore the VolunteerMatch Database: Google Earth Map | Listings

→ We'll list the opportunities mentioned on-air on the BL Show blog, and ask you to report back on your work.

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Volunteer Month: Tips for Kids

Thursday, July 22, 2010

Tips for Your Child's Volunteering (or Family Volunteering)

From our friends at VolunteerMatch

  • Look for a program with a track record of successful age-specific children's programs. Don't assume that the nonprofit down the street from your house can engage your children in a safe, fun, and meaningful experience - not every organization can.
  • Think carefully about your child's interests and skills. The best opportunities are those that he or she will really enjoy doing while also being great learning experiences.
  • Make sure your children understand that their activities are making a difference. Explain in an age-appropriate way that sharing one's time and energy is an act of giving that all of us can perform. A good way to reinforce this is to cite characters from stories or films that give unconditionally to help others.
  • Children get the most from volunteering when their parents take part, too. But if you ever need to leave your child alone at a nonprofit facility, insist that a supervisor with education or childcare credentials be onsite at all times.
  • Do a little screening. Get the contact information of other parents involved in the volunteer program and ask them about their experiences. Check Google for information about the program.
  • Be honest with volunteer coordinators about your child's skills and limitations. If your child is disabled, say so, and be alert to volunteer coordinators who seem uncertain how to involve your child. A good volunteer coordinator should be able to make it work.
  • Be upfront about your child's availability. Some volunteer opportunities are short-lived; some require longer commitments. For many nonprofits, it's better to recruit the right volunteer than one who needs to leave the program early.
  • Once you've made a commitment on your child's behalf, you must keep it. If emergencies come up, the right thing to do is provide notice in accordance with the policies of the organization so alternative arrangements can be made.
  • Check in with the volunteer coordinator after a volunteer opportunity. How did you child respond to the work? What actions if any should you take to make the next opportunity a positive one?

Using VolunteerMatch.org Search Effectively for Child Volunteering

  • Include the word "child" in your keyword search.
  • Look for organizations with a track record of child-friendly volunteering.
  • Utilize the "Great for Kids" and "Great for Groups" categories in Advanced Search.
  • Take advantage of ratings and recommendations from other parents about specific programs.

Listen to the conversation on air with Greg Baldwin about kids and volunteering.

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Volunteer Match: Virtual Volunteering

Thursday, July 15, 2010

 

All this month we're highlighting volunteer opportunities in our listening area. Greg Baldwin, president of VolunteerMatch, discusses how you can help. This week's theme is Virtual Volunteering where you can help out without ever leaving your home.

Today's VolunteerMatch Highlights: Search Engine Optimization | Host an International Exchange Student Online Business Mentor at MicroMentor | Database Researcher | Rewrite Articles for Twitter | Fundraiser and Grant Writer | Creative Designer | Helpline Advocate | Online Mentor

→ Explore the VolunteerMatch Database: Google Earth Map | Listings

→ We'll list the opportunities mentioned on-air on the BL Show blog, and ask you to report back on your work.

 

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Volunteer Match: The State of Volunteering Today

Thursday, July 08, 2010

All this month we're highlighting volunteer opportunities in our listening area. Greg Baldwin, president of VolunteerMatch, discusses how you can help, especially in light of this week's record heat wave, and a new report on the state of volunteering today.

Today's VolunteerMatch Highlights: Seniors Projects with New York Cares in Staten Island | Financial Work at the Somerset Art Association | Online Business Mentor at MicroMentor | English-Spanish Translator at Day One NYC | Mediation Leader at Silver Hill Hospital in New Canaan, CT

→ Explore the VolunteerMatch Database: Google Earth Map | Listings

We'll list the opportunities mentioned on-air on the BL Show blog, and ask you to report back on your work.

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Volunteer Month: Listings and Your Reports

Wednesday, July 07, 2010

Throughout our July Volunteer Month series with Volunteer Match, we'll be highlighting listings on-air from the Volunteermatch database. But we'll also be taking your on-air listings and putting them here. And we want your reports - if you follow up on an opportunity, tell us about your experience!

Listings from the 7/8 Segment:

Mentioned By Brian: Seniors Projects with New York Cares in Staten Island | Financial Work at the Somerset Art Association | Online Business Mentor at MicroMentor | English-Spanish Translator at Day One NYC | Mediation Leader at Silver Hill Hospital in New Canaan, CT

Here are some tips from our listners:

Alisa Kesten from Tarrytown, NY suggests that listeners from Westchester and Putnam interested in volunteering should search www.volunteer-center.org. It is an organization that has connected 15,000 volunteers to 500 organizations.

Mark Walter from Albany, NY wants to point out that Gov. Patterson is supporting a new initiative called New Yorkers Volunteer that seeks to encourage more New Yorkers to volunteer.

Rebecca Missel from Morristown, NJ wants young Jewish adults (also welcoming of other faiths) living in Northern and Central NJ to check out Jersey Tribe, an organization that provides volunteer, philanthropic and social activities.

Andrew from the Bronx volunteers with the NYC Housing Authority in helping people looking for section 8 or other programs get placed in housing. He can be contacted at Metropolitan Residential at (212) 255- 5200.


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