Mountain View Volunteer Fair

It is hard to believe that Mountain View has a highly skilled, educated and talented work force, yet less than half of its children enter school ready to succeed academically. There are more than 40 languages spoken in the homes of Mountain View children.  More than 1/3rd of Mountain View’s 8th grade students are not meeting algebra standards.  Only 23% of Mountain View youth feel valued by their community and a mere 24% say that they have  a positive adult role model.

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Happy Birthday!

Hey Do Goodrs!

Guess what…it’s somebodies birthday today! (Hint…it starts with Go and ends with Voluntr!) That’s right, we are turning one and we cannot believe it! It’s been an amazing first year and we have made a ton of new friends….like YOU! We could not have made it here without your help. To celebrate, we made a super fun infographic about the year. Here’s to another great year!

- Young, Kevin, MJ, and the GoVoluntr Team

Geckoboard, PHP, and MySQL

The GoVoluntr office is always buzzing – lots of new and exciting things are always happening. One of the latest projects we are just starting is GoVoluntr v2. We are very excited about it, refining the GoVoluntr process even more to make it the easiest platform to volunteer, earn rewards, track social responsibility and more! Although it is many months away, it inspired us to start a new series called ‘Tech of GoVoluntr’. In this much more geeky series, you’ll get a sneak peak into the technologies and processes that help GoVoluntr run. So, let’s kick it off with metrics.

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Millennials in the Workforce

A few weeks ago I got the amazing opportunity to be part of a panel discussion on millennials in the workforce at Cisco’s IT Executive Symposium in San Diego. One of the questions I continually was asked was how do corporate social values affect the new generation as a workforce and, more importantly, what should we as a company be doing about it. The collection of 110 CIOs and other IT executives knew that without preparing for the millennials coming in they were going to be left behind. So I thought I would share my response here:

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Young On the CEO Show!

This week’s post is a recording for you all. Young got the chance to be part of a startup roundtable on the CEO Show, hosted by Carl Guardino. Learn more about the show here, or play the recording to hear Young’s thoughts on the future of startups.


Global Youth Service Day

This coming weekend is a pretty special weekend for volunteering. On April 20-22, 2012, millions of people ages 5-25, and their adult allies and champions in over 100 countries on 6 continents will change the world, addressing critical issues including health, education, environment, hunger, poverty, disaster preparedness and response, and human rights.

April 20-22nd is Global Youth Service Day. According to Youth Service America, the hosting organization, “Global Youth Service Day is an annual campaign that celebrates and mobilizes the millions of children and youth who improve their communities each day of the year through service and service-learning. Established in 1988, Global Youth Service Day is the largest and longest-running service event in the world, and the only day of service dedicated to children and youth.”

StudentsJoin in! This is a great way for you to work towards any required service hours needed to graduate. Volunteering also provides a great place for networking and meeting new people. Plus, who said volunteering has to be boring – get some of your friends and go volunteer together!

Parents—Encourage your child to get involved in volunteering. Volunteering can not only be used for teaching your children great life lessons, it can also help in school. A Davila and Mora study showed that “Students who performed voluntary community service were 19 percentage points more likely to graduate from college than those that did not.”

Oh, and did we mention there’s free stuff involved? Remember, whenever you volunteer with GoVoluntr, you earn VPins that get you free goodies. Plus, this week is extra special, as it’s National Volunteer Week. That means bonus points and more awesome prizes (like the chance to win movie tickets and lunch with the GoVoluntr team!).

You can find out more information about Youth Service Day here and be sure to check out the great events going on around you on!

National Volunteer Week!!

Hello Do Goodrs! We’re coming up on National Volunteer Week, and here at GoVoluntr, we like to celebrate.

So, what are we celebrating? Established in 1974, National Volunteer Week is put together by the Points of Light Institute. It’s is all about “about inspiring, recognizing and encouraging people to seek out imaginative ways to engage in their communities. It’s about demonstrating to the nation that by working together, in unison, we have the fortitude to meet our challenges and accomplish our goals. National Volunteer Week is about taking action, encouraging individuals and their respective communities to be at the center of social change—discovering and actively demonstrating their collective power to foster positive transformation.”

Remember how we told you we like to celebrate? GoVoluntr has created a cool new VPin in honor of National Volunteer Week, April 15 – 21, 2012. On top of that, we’re giving away GoVoluntr shirts to the top five Do Goodrs (by volunteer hours) that week. What happens if you’re the number one Do Goodr by hours that week? The GoVo team wants to say thanks by taking you to lunch. So, join the thousands of other volunteers in the nation and get out, volunteer, and celebrate!

Don’t forget to share your National Volunteer Week stories in the comments!

Driving Employee Engagement for the Y Generation

We read this insightful blog from David Bator, TemboSocial’s Director of Marketing & Customer Strategy and wanted to share it with GoVoluntr users.

Read on to learn about the link between  link between volunteerism and employee engagement found in  the The 2011 Deloitte Volunteer IMPACT study. Tell us what you think in the comments!

Enter David:
Did you know that millenial employees who give more after work are more likely to give more at work? According to The 2011 Deloitte Volunteer IMPACT study, there’s a link between volunteerism and employee engagement.

And while some research suggests that the Y Generation is predisposed to civic responsibility, it’s also clear that they view volunteerism not only as an investment in the communities they work and live in but also in themselves.

Employee Engagement for the Y Generation

According to the study, “This ambitious, career-minded workforce seeks challenges and demands leadership opportunities. The next generation of business leaders views workplace volunteer programs as a two-way street and wants a return on their volunteer investment. Indeed, half of millennials (51 percent) surveyed say they want volunteerism to benefit them professionally.”

Put another way, millenials will go the extra mile if it builds their personal legacy – the sum of their contributions, large and small.

For today’s knowledge worker the most valuable currency is recognition. The kind that raises their employee’s profile, and results in greater day-to-day satisfaction and retention. As you refine your employee engagement strategies, consider ways you can give all employees an opportunity to go the extra mile and earn visibility in the process.