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A New(ish)comer

[Editor's Note: This blog post comes from one of our newest GoVoluntr team members, Natalie Files (VID 8684).  Want to contribute to our blog?  Get in touch.]

Today was the day… the day that I get my lazy butt up and back in the saddle. I used to be so much more active in the world of volunteering; working in food kitchens, helping out at elementary schools, and even planting trees!

What happened to me? I guess I am really good at giving myself excuses:

“I am too busy with work”

or “I only get two days off to myself; I want to spend them with my family!”

or my most pathetic and ever popular “My feet literally hurt too much from wearing stupid heels all day to move.”

Then one day something amazing happened! It was a day like any other day, when a man looking to purchase a shirt for his wedding came into the clothing store I worked for. While making small talk he told me about his line of work; he told me about his startup company called GoVoluntr.

He seemed nice… a real Do-Goodr type, but I had no idea the impact he was about to make. I did know however, that his idea interested me and I definitely needed to learn more.

A business card and two cups of coffee later… I was hooked!

How cool was this company?! They do good themselves by volunteering A LOT all over the Bay Area, work on encouraging others to do the same, and reward them for their acts! I needed in.

Now I am helping these guys any way I can. My goal is to make as many people aware of these Do Goodrs as possible. I must admit there were some selfish reasons as well…

I was in a funk. I knew I wanted to do something new. I wanted to use my talents for something good. To be honest, I needed something that made me feel like I was helping.

It seemed like destiny! This was the push that I needed to get back in

the game and make the world a better place. Sure it can be a little scary… meeting people you don’t know and stepping out of your comfort zone, but after you volunteer I can guarantee you wont regret it.

Why you ask?

Volunteering makes you feel good. It makes you feel fulfilled and like you are doing something that has great value to other people…not just yourself. The truth is: you get addicted and lucky for me I have the perfect platform of GoVoluntr to feed it!

So here I am… taking that first step again, ignoring all my exceedingly lame excuses. I am helping my older than dirt (but handsomer than George Clooney) border collie, into my car to be whisked away to help me volunteer for the Palo Alto Humane Society.

Now my challenge to you friends is to take that initial step… quit being lazy, grab a friend, (or as in my case a dog), or even go solo, and do some good in the world! I will guarantee you that your time is better spent there than watching another rerun of F.R.I.E.N.D.S and eating a Big Mac on the couch. And yes, I also love F.R.I.E.N.D.S and Big Macs… so I know it’s challenging… but trust me on this one! GoVoluntr!!!

- Natalie Files, VID 8685
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Yelp Helps! 2014 Recap

This year GoVoluntr teamed up with Yelp again for Yelp Helps! 2014.  The rules were simple: volunteer at least 3 hours between February 15 and March 15.  All Do Goodrs who participated in Yelp Helps! 2014 got an exclusive invite to Yelp Helps! Appreciation Prom on March 28!

Check out the numbers to see the collective impact of our Do Goodrs during the Yelp Helps volunteer campaign.  (there were additional hours not included at the time this infographic was released… Do Goodrs actually ended up doing OVER 1400 HOURS! Good job!  You all are rockstars!)

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We were so happy to get to meet Do Goodrs at Yelp Prom!

Note to all: If you didn’t already know, if you take photos of yourself and GoVoluntr shwag, or even better — with the GoVoluntr team, you’ll earn a special Paparazzi VPin!  Thanks for being awesome rockstars & we look forward to doing more good with you!

Work hard, play hard, GoVoluntr hardest!

Do Good, Be Good

Innov8Social asks our co-founder, Young Han, the vital questions about how well business and volunteering mix.

Find out what Young has to say when asked, “Do ‘social’ and ‘entrepreneurship’ mix—-or does it create more challenges for the social entrepreneur?”

Check out his live interview with Innov8Social here.

4 Tips for Volunteer Succession Planning

Summer is just getting underway and the Bay Area is buzzing with volunteer activity. This time of year the GoVoluntr team is continuously recruiting volunteers for some of the largest summertime events around – local 4th of July festivities, art and wine festivals, and music fests to name a few. I’m always impressed by the sheer number of Do Goodrs that are early to rise and lend a hand at these events, but I’ve got to give major props to the volunteer coordinators and planning committees that work tirelessly behind the scenes to bring the whole event together.

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From Volunteer to Career: How my experiences as a volunteer led to my dream job

[Editor's Note: This guest blog post comes from one of our volunteers, Shauna Geraghty.  Shauna Geraghty is a fourth year doctoral student in Clinical Psychology and a content writer for the Talkdesk call center blog.  Talkdesk provides call center software for SMBs at an affordable price.  Want to contribute to our blog? Get in touch.]

Some people were born to do what they do. I wasn’t. I was led to my career from my experiences throughout my 20 years of volunteering.

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[Breaking News] New Community Manager is Awesome!

I’m supposed to create a super awesome blurb about myself before answering interview questions that the guys wrote up for me… sooo here goes it:

Caroline is the newest addition to GoVoluntr.  Being the Community Manager, aka “Social Media Maven”, this means that all your social networks are no longer safe.  In fact, she met GoVoluntr by Twitter stalking… then LinkedIn… then Facebook… then in person at a Relay for Life event.

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Sweet 16!

We’re 3 volunteer hours away from tracking 16,000 hours of verified volunteer service as I write this post. I sit here on a Sunday catching up from my week and preparing for the next one, taking a moment to reflect on what 16,000 hours of community service means. How many people, services, communities, families, cities, businesses, and non-profits have been impacted by the service of others?

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Version 2 is Here!

If you’ve been to our site lately – you may have noticed things look a bit different. Well, probably a lot different! We are happy to announce the rollout of Version 2.0 for GoVoluntr and we think you are going to just love it. I wanted to take some time to highlight a few of the new features and improvements, as well as help you familiarize with the new layout. So let’s take a look.

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1000 Hearts for 1000 Minds

[Editors Note: This is a guest blog post by Jennifer Gonzales - 1000 Hearts for 1000 Minds Associate with the Silicon Valley Leadership Group. Check out how you can get involved here and remember, every hour gets you closer to your next VPin!]

As a firm believer of giving back to my community, I am proud to lead a tutoring and mentoring initiative, 1000 Hearts for 1000 Minds, created by the Silicon Valley Leadership Group, in partnership with the City of San Jose, Cities Association of Santa Clara County and 18 Non-Profit organizations. As the 1000 Hearts for 1000 Minds Associate, I work with members of the community and non-profit programs to streamline caring adults to serve as tutors and mentors into programs that offer support to public school students struggling in literacy, math or science.

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