Tuesday, June 24, 2014

Videos from the Conference on Volunteering and Service

Hear From the People Who Inspired Thousands at the Conference on Volunteering and Service | Points of Light:

Missed the Points of Light Conference on Volunteering and Service last week? Thousands of leaders from the nonprofit, corporate and civic sectors came together in Atlanta to celebrate and shape the future of volunteerism.
Now you can feel like you were there. Or if you were fortunate enough to join us, you can relive some special moments. Check out our videos.

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10 Host Sites Chosen to Execute Nationwide ServiceWorks Program

Points of Light Announces 10 Host Sites Chosen to Execute Nationwide ServiceWorks Program | Corporation for National and Community Service:

Points of Light, one of the world’s leading organizations dedicated to volunteer service, today announced the 10 organizations chosen to execute its ServiceWorks program. ServiceWorks is a three-year nationwide initiative that will use community engagement and volunteer service to help underserved young adults develop the skills they need to prepare for college and careers.

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Tuesday, June 17, 2014

Now, all congress people can be reached by email at OpenCongress.org

We finally gave Congress email addresses - Sunlight Foundation Blog:

If you visit a legislator's page on OpenCongress, you'll see an email address in the right-hand sidebar that looks like Sen.Reid@opencongress.org or Rep.Boehner@opencongress.org. You can also email myreps@opencongress.org to email both of your senators and your House representatives at once.
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Monday, June 16, 2014

AllForGood is a public database of volunteer opportunities

About Us | AllForGood:

All for Good is a hub for volunteerism and community service on the Internet, and a service of Points of Light. We envision the site as a meeting place for organizations and individuals, providing a communal platform that allows people to see where change is needed, and makes it easy for them to engage. Powered by the largest online database of volunteer opportunities, All for Good is connecting Americans with nonprofits both large and small.

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Wednesday, June 11, 2014

Why Helping Others Makes Us Happy

Why Helping Others Makes Us Happy | Case Foundation:

Helping our fellow man has long been seen as an altruistic behavioral model. But it turns out that more selfish motives—pleasing friends, doing what you want—are more successful causes of effective volunteering. Whatever the motive, volunteering improves the health, happiness, and in some cases, the longevity of volunteers

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Tuesday, June 10, 2014

Making cities smarter through citizen engagement

Making cities smarter through citizen engagement | The Governance Lab @ NYUThe Governance Lab @ NYU:

Vaidehi Shah at Eco-Business: “Rapidly progressing information communications technology (ICT) is giving rise to an almost infinite range of innovations that can be implemented in cities to make them more efficient and better connected. However, in order for technology to yield sustainable solutions, planners must prioritise citizen engagement and strong leadership.
This was the consensus on Tuesday at the World Cities Summit 2014, where representatives from city and national governments, technology firms and private sector organisations gathered in Singapore to discuss strategies and challenges to achieving sustainable cities in the future.

Saturday, June 7, 2014

Web-based tools to facilitate participation in the local civic process

The Civinomics Roadmap: From here to November | Tipping Point:

Stated simply, the goal of the Civinomics site is to provide members with an online “civic tool box”, a selection of web-based tools to facilitate participation in the civic process.
Current features include online workshops and initiatives and the just released new public meetings and agendas listings. There are several other features in the works, to be launched between now and over the summer and early fall to coincide with the November elections.

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Friday, June 6, 2014

A shortage of sock donations at homeless shelters

When Socks Are `More Important Than Food’ | Points of Light:

Socks are among the most needed items at homeless shelters, yet among the least-often donated.
Because of the shortage, the nation’s homeless population is constantly at risk of serious foot disease and, during winter months, in severe danger posed by the cold.

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Serving for effective and efficient adjudication of immigration proceedings

National Service:

CNCS (Corporation for National and Community Service) and the Department of Justice (DOJ), through its Executive Office for Immigration Review (EOIR), are entering into a strategic partnership to increase national service while facilitating the effective and efficient adjudication of immigration proceedings involving certain children who have crossed the border without a parent or legal guardian.

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Monday, June 2, 2014

Connecting with Politicians During Election Season

New Approaches, from Advocacy Associates: Episode 19 - Connecting with Outgoing Politicians:

Host Craig Price calls the Advocacy Hotline to talk to the guru, Stephanie Vance, about how to get keep in the legislators view even in an election year.

This week's question: Should I not bother communicating with legislators until the election is over?

This is an audio podcast.

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The True Value of Employee Volunteerism

The True Value of Employee Volunteerism | Points of Light:

As the economy recovers, we might expect companies to revert back to conventional giving strategies that are easier to coordinate and execute. But in fact the opposite is happening: employee volunteerism is becoming more prevalent. Why? Because it's a mutually beneficial and sustainable option for companies, nonprofit organizations, individual employees and most importantly, those in need.

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Sunday, June 1, 2014

Volunteer your technical skills by helping government

Make the World a Better Place: Apply Now. | Code for America:

Are you a developer, designer, researcher or product manager? Do you want to use your skills for good? We are seeking a new cohort of Fellows for our 2015 Fellowship class, committed to discovering new ways that technology can fix some of the problems that our governments face.

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