Wisdom 2.0: How can we live with greater presence, meaning, and mindfulness in the technology age?

With the increase of technological advances in society, it seems like our lives are being connected more and more virtually. This can be both a good and bad thing. The bad part is that it seems like everyone’s noses are glued to some kind of device but the good part is that people can connect globally with other people they would probably never get the chance to meet otherwise.

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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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The Skinny on Health and Wellness

Health and Wellness is a major topic in our nation, regularly making headlines in the media and always a focal point in boardrooms.

Let’s just talk about Wellness spending from enterprise businesses – so understand these numbers don’t even include Small to Medium sized businesses. On average, enterprise companies implement 21 programs focused on prevention, lifestyle, condition and other wellness programs with no cuts in sight. In fact, more than half of them plan on adding an additional wellness program each year. Continue reading

San Jose Do Goodrs

California and activism go together like peanut butter and jelly. They’re virtually synonymous terms to most Americans and the do gooder stereotype is one I think a lot of us Californians like to perpetuate. We are one of two states with an official State Office of Volunteering and Service. We’re home to VolunteerMatch, Causes, Fundly, and the hottest names in social entrepreneurship. Even our Hollywood celebrities love to get in on the action, with marquis investors like Ashton Kutcher and Justin Beiber becoming household names in impact investing circles.

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Blog Action Day: The Power of We

Every year more than a thousand bloggers take a day and talk about one subject – one social good idea – and they call it Blog Action Day. Since 2007, each year has a unique theme, from food to poverty to the environment. This year the theme for Blog Action Day is the ‘Power of We’ and we thought it was quite a fitting topic for GoVoluntr because, really, GoVoluntr is all about people working together to make change in their local communities. That is what we have spent the last year doing: making it easier for non-profits to support their communities, for volunteers to find opportunities and volunteer, and for businesses to get involved. We’ve provided youth with rugby coaching, we’ve fed seniors and the under-privileged, we’ve tutored kids in reading and math, we’ve helped with creek clean-ups and charity dinners, we’ve made a difference in our communities. So to each of you that make up our we, thank you. With over 8000 hours and counting, thank you for believing in the Power of We.

- The GoVoluntr Team

Non-Profit Spotlight: Navigating For Non Profits

Navigating For Non Profits is a non-profit that transformed out of a road trip. We met in September of 2011 through AmeriCorps NCCC in Sacramento and decided that even though the program would end, the volunteer work wasn’t done. We had an idea for a road trip which  quickly transformed from just wanting to get across the country into something much bigger.

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