By Bob Fuller, 2017 President's Volunteer Service Award recipient
I’ve spent some of the best days of my life out on a hiking trail, clearing brush, field checking maps and leading crews that rehabilitate trails and build new ones. You might see me carrying a clipboard and counting deer droppings, cutting brush with loppers or clearing blown down trees with a chain saw. Or perhaps you might find me building a bridge, swinging a sledge hammer or moving big rocks to build stepping stones or stairs. It’s not a high-paying job; it’s not even a paying job, actually. Money isn’t the point. I volunteer because it’s infinitely rewarding.
Fairfax Court Appointed Special Advocates (CASA) is a 501(c)(3) public charity dedicated to ensuring that the most vulnerable of children—those who are caught up in the confusing, chaotic and scary child protection system that they unwittingly become a part of—are provided with a safety net. By recruiting, training and closely supervising citizen volunteers to become the “eyes and ears of the Court,” Fairfax CASA has been able to provide a voice to 7,000 children with open abuse and neglect cases in the Fairfax Juvenile and Domestic Relations Court since1989.
...Books for Bedtime encourages organizations and schools to hold their own book drives to benefit the nonprofit. It also joined VolunteerMatch, which links people willing to donate their time with a cause. The Warrens said that led to companies such as The Limited and Morgan Stanley sponsoring book drives. "It was really exciting the first time. I got to tour The Limited facility," she said.
If you look at the volunteer rates from 2011-2015, published by the Bureau of Labor Statistics, you'll notice volunteerism has been on the decline in recent years. However, as Laura Shear, a Bay Area-based freelance writer and consultant, states in an article posted on Relate by Zendesk, "there's a glimmer of hope."
Amgen Asia’s R&D Impact Day had a double impact. Not only did Amgen staff make a positive difference in the lives of students at an impoverished school in Shangrao County, but the students also left a deep impression on the more than 50 R&D staff who volunteered.
SAP, Dow, WE Communications, and PIMCO join cross-corporate pro bono collaboration
WASHINGTON, D.C., February 27, 2017 /3BL Media/ -- The Global Health Corporate Champions’ second cohort arrived in Accra, Ghana to collaborate with four exceptional organizations striving to advance health conditions throughout the country. This cross-corporate pro bono team—comprised of highly skilled employees from SAP, the Dow Chemical Company, WE Communications, and PIMCO—is a unique innovation in pro bono, leadership development, and action learning programming.
Canine Partners for Life (CPL) trains and places certified service dogs with persons who have physical disabilities, mobility impairments, and seizure and cardiac disorders, to increase their independence and quality of life. By assisting its human partner with many physical tasks and providing constant companionship, a service dog can make the miracle of greater independence possible.