North Carolina State University: Volunteers Who Help Gather Data for Science Are Committed, But Not Diverse

North Carolina State University: Volunteers Who Help Gather Data for Science Are Committed, But Not Diverse. “In a new study, North Carolina State University researchers found that while many volunteers who sign up to help crowdsource scientific findings are extremely motivated and committed, these projects aren’t attracting a diverse pool of volunteers. The findings could help researchers design and structure future projects, as well as point to priorities for volunteer recruitment.”

State of North Carolina: Governor Cooper Announces Policy Allowing State Employees to Use Volunteer Days to Provide Support in Schools

State of North Carolina: Governor Cooper Announces Policy Allowing State Employees to Use Volunteer Days to Provide Support in Schools. “Governor Roy Cooper today announced plans to help combat staff shortages in K-12 school districts across the state during the current surge of COVID-19 cases. The policy will allow state employees to use volunteer days with supervisor approval to work in North Carolina public schools as substitute teachers, bus drivers and cafeteria staff.”

WMTV: New initiative aims to welcome Afghan refugees, give support information

WMTV: New initiative aims to welcome Afghan refugees, give support information. “A new website launched Tuesday aims to help anyone wanting to welcome and support Afghan refugees who have arrived in the United States. [The site] provides information about volunteering, donations and providing legal aid or sponsoring a family. It can also connect people to groups and organizations helping with the resettlement efforts.”

Claremont Graduate University: New Paper Identifies ‘Citizen Vaccinators’ As The Solution to Pandemic Challenges in Many Nations

Claremont Graduate University: New Paper Identifies ‘Citizen Vaccinators’ As The Solution to Pandemic Challenges in Many Nations. “When doctors and nurses are in short supply, who’s qualified to administer the COVID-19 vaccines? That’s not a question you might often hear in the U.S. or other developed nations. Still, in many parts of Asia and Africa, that question is as common as someone asking when batches of vaccine doses will arrive in their community.”

Dallas News: New North Texas Database Connects Nonprofit Talent with Opportunities for Board Service

Dallas News: New North Texas Database Connects Nonprofit Talent with Opportunities for Board Service. “Communities Foundation of Texas has introduced a new database that connects individuals willing to commit their time and talents to the organizations that need them. The nonprofit board service directory offers members of the public an easy way to search for openings that align with their passions. The directory currently offers 150 open board positions from 40 nonprofits throughout North Texas, and is updated weekly.”

KWTX: New website makes it easier for Central Texans to find volunteer opportunities

KWTX: New website makes it easier for Central Texans to find volunteer opportunities. “A recent study found that around 66 percent of volunteers decreased their time volunteering or stopped completely during the pandemic. As life is getting back to normal, there’s a new website that’s making it easier for Texans to find ways to get involved in the community again. OneStar Foundation just launched VolunterTX [sic]. It’s a website that gathers places where people can volunteer from across the state, and puts them all in one place.”

Lifehacker: How to Become Someone’s ‘Vaccine Angel’

Lifehacker: How to Become Someone’s ‘Vaccine Angel’. “As medical experts have warned in recent days, the virus will continue to spread (and, potentially, new variants will continue to emerge) until enough people are vaccinated that the U.S. reaches herd immunity, which means time is of the essence. Because of this, you might be considering doing your part to help by volunteering in your state’s vaccination efforts. The good news is, you don’t need medical expertise or formal training to help. If you’d like to aid in this the gargantuan national effort, there are many groups and organizations that can put you to work in various capacities. Here’s more on how you can get involved.”

ProBono Australia: The resource hub recharging Australian volunteering

ProBono Australia: The resource hub recharging Australian volunteering. “Volunteering Australia is launching an online resource hub to help reignite and strengthen Australian volunteering in a post-pandemic world. The hub brings together over 350 templates, videos, guides, and research to support volunteer managers to re-engage volunteers after COVID-19, manage the mental health and wellbeing of volunteers, and recruit younger volunteers.”

Missouri Department of Economic Development: Missouri Community Service Commission launches new website to promote volunteerism statewide

Missouri Department of Economic Development: Missouri Community Service Commission launches new website to promote volunteerism statewide. “Today, the Missouri Community Service Commission (MCSC) launched its new website. In addition to a fresh design, the website features information on community service opportunities, volunteer spotlights, and background information about MCSC’s programs.”

WISERD: Voluntary sector history brought to life in new digital archive

WISERD: Voluntary sector history brought to life in new digital archive. “[Wales Institute of Social & Economic Research, Data & Methods] has worked with the Wales Council for Voluntary Organisations (WCVA) and The National Library of Wales to create a historically significant digital archive of the Annual Reports of WCVA and its predecessor organisations. We are delighted to make this resource publically and freely available to social historians, researchers and the generally curious.”

Honolulu Civil Beat: New Website Matches People In Need With People Who Can Help

Honolulu Civil Beat: New Website Matches People In Need With People Who Can Help. “There’s an unprecedented urgent need among people who’ve lost their jobs or can’t pay the rent. It’s matched by a swell in the number of people who want to help. But matching charitable organizations with donors who want to fund their initiatives normally doesn’t happen fast. And the whirlpool of needs and resources can be difficult to navigate.”

Wisconsin Law Journal: New ABA pro bono portal connects lawyers with volunteer opportunities

Wisconsin Law Journal: New ABA pro bono portal connects lawyers with volunteer opportunities. “The American Bar Association Young Lawyers Division’s Disaster Legal Services Program and Paladin, a justice tech company, launched the national disaster relief pro bono portal on Thursday. The online database is free to use. Lawyers can filter by practice area, community, type of engagement and ability to work remotely. Current highlighted opportunities include COVID-19 relief, Puerto Rico earthquake relief, FEMA and federal, and disaster-related unemployment.”

CBS Sacramento: Gov. Newsom Launches New Website, Initiative ‘Californians For All’ For People Who Want To Volunteer

CBS Sacramento: Gov. Newsom Launches New Website, Initiative ‘Californians For All’ For People Who Want To Volunteer. “California is trying to make it easier for people who are healthy to volunteer during the coronavirus pandemic. Urging people to help those affected by the virus, Governor Newsom on Tuesday, along with the state’s Chief Service Officer, Josh Fryday, announced a new initiative and accompanying website called ‘Californians For All.’”

New York Times: In Ohio, the Amish Take on the Coronavirus

New York Times: In Ohio, the Amish Take on the Coronavirus. “For centuries, the Amish community has been famously isolated from the hustle of the outside world. Homes still lack telephones or computers. Travel is by horse and buggy. Home-sewn clothing remains the norm. And even now, as the coronavirus rages in the country at large, there is resistance from people sustained by communal life to the dictates of social distancing that have brought the economy to a halt — in Amish country as everywhere else. But as the virus creeps ever closer, the Amish community is joining the fight.”

CNET: How to help restaurants, hospitals, people during the coronavirus outbreak

CNET: How to help restaurants, hospitals, people during the coronavirus outbreak. “You’re quarantined at home, but your community still needs help. An urgent shortage of N95 face masks in hospitals, stock in blood banks and volunteers for food banks is creating real road blocks for the first responders who are providing care and food to people in need during the coronavirus outbreak. Since many states are ordering or urging residents to stay home, knowing how to volunteer and donate is key.”