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What to do when you doubt your impact: Interview with Paul Loeb

Posted on September 19, 2013. Filed under: Good Ideas Stick, Tips for HandsOn Partners, Volunteering is Hot! |

A great blog post from Idealist.org on the origins of cynicism, the power of community, and why courage is contagious.

What to do when you doubt your impact: Interview with Paul Loeb.

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Nominate an Outstanding Youth Volunteer for the Hasbro Community Action Hero Award

Posted on February 1, 2013. Filed under: Volunteering is Hot! |

The Hasbro Community Action Hero Award recognizes outstanding young volunteers who show that you are never too young to make a difference in your local or global community.  Hasbro Children’s Fund and generationOn will celebrate five young people between the ages of 5 and 18 for their extraordinary community service and volunteer activities at a special recognition event in New York City and award each winner a $1,000 educational scholarship.

A Hasbro Community Action Hero is a young person who makes an extraordinary mark on the world through service. The nominee’s achievements must demonstrate one or more of the following characteristics:

 Outstanding service to one’s local, national or global community

 Extraordinary effort in creating innovative solutions to community needs

 Leadership of an exceptional service or advocacy activity

 Click here for more details and to nominate a youth today.  Nominations will be accepted until February 20th at 5 PM EST.

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Volunteers Needed for Homeless Count January 30th

Posted on December 26, 2012. Filed under: Volunteering is Hot! | Tags: , , |

Thousands of people in Marion and Polk counties experience homelessness each year, including at least 800 youth according to the 2012 Marion County CHIP report.  The vast majority of these youth and adults are people for whom life has dealt a crushing blow: serious illness, abuse, addiction, inability to work, collapse of a family, and ultimately the loss of a place to live.

The annual Homeless Count, conducted by Community Action and its partners, serves our community in the following ways:

  • Gives a more accurate number of our homeless population and information about the causes of homelessness.  Homeless advocates continue to work toward a Plan to End Homelessness in Marion and Polk counties.  The Count gives us the information needed to improve services to better help people out of homelessness, and prevent it in the first place.


  • Provides a yearly measure to see if homeless program changes are reducing the number of homeless people.  Are the changes made to how we serve the homeless actually working, and reducing the number of homeless people?


  • Accurate homeless statistics are necessary to receive the continued federal support (almost one million dollars annually) for homeless programs in Marion and Polk counties.


A large group of volunteers provide the foundation of the support for the Homeless Count every year. Mobile volunteers spend their time traveling in marked vans to locate, greet and count homeless persons on the street, in parks, parking lots, and other places where homeless people frequent. Stationary volunteers help with a variety of tasks at Homeless Count event locations. This year’s Homeless Count will occur on January 30. The stationary locations are throughout Salem and Woodburn.  All volunteers need to attend the Volunteer Orientation on Monday, January 28th, 6:00-7:30pm.   To find more information and sign-up to help, visit HandsOnW.org and search for ‘Homeless Count’ and make a real difference in the lives of those in need.

Austin Rowlader is the Community Mobilizer for HandsOn Willamette—a program of Mid-Willamette Valley Community Action Agency. He can be reached at (877) 372-4141, or austin.rowlader@mwvcaa.org

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Salem Jumped 4 Spots to be 11th in the Nation in Volunteerism

Posted on December 12, 2012. Filed under: Volunteering is Hot! |

Originally posted by Oregon Volunteers

Volunteers in Oregon demonstrated their commitment to strengthening their communities in a variety of ways in 2011 and earned the #8 ranking among the 50 states, according to the Volunteering and Civic Life in America (VCLA) report released today. Oregon’s volunteer rate reached an all-time high with nearly 1.1 million volunteers serving more than 136.7 million total hours, which is valued at more than $2.6 billion.
“Oregon’s move into the top 10 states for volunteering comes as no surprise to me,” said Gov. John Kitzhaber. “Every visit to an Oregon town or city is an opportunity to see local residents engaged at a personal level in their community. Volunteering is a part of Oregon’s culture and DNA.”
The VCLA data is part of the most comprehensive study of volunteering and civic engagement in America.

  • This year’s report not only shows Oregon ranking in the top 10 in volunteer rate but also Oregon’s remarkable jump from #37 to #4 in number of volunteer hours per resident.
  • Oregon’s college students moved into the top 10 for the first time at #8.*
  • Among the nation’s 50 largest cities, Portland ranks in the top five in terms of volunteer rates for ages 16-42.
  • Among mid-sized cities, Salem now ranks #11 in volunteer rate and Eugene is #17 in volunteer hours.

The complete report can be accessed at VolunteeringInAmerica.gov.

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Great Work Y’all!

Posted on December 3, 2012. Filed under: Good Ideas Stick, Tips for HandsOn Partners, Volunteering is Hot! |

As 2012 comes to a close, HandsOn Willamette would like to take this opportunity to give you a well-deserved pat on the back. Why? Well, a lot of awesome things have happened in the past year and we want to let you know about all of them! (more…)

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7 Ways Volunteering Can Help Deal With Holiday Stress

Posted on December 3, 2012. Filed under: Volunteering is Hot! |

Today’s post comes from the HandsOn Network.

Why do you volunteer? Many volunteer for selfless reasons, but service can do so much good for the volunteer too! Consider volunteering more often to help others in your communities, social circles, and life, not only for all the wonderful benefits that come from spreading kindness, but also for the great benefits that people experience when they help others. (more…)

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Hey Young People! Be a Joy Maker this Holiday Season

Posted on November 26, 2012. Filed under: Volunteering is Hot! |

Volunteers of all ages can be Joy Makers this holiday season! For the third year in a row, Points of Light’s youth action network, generationOn, in partnership with Hasbro, is asking kids and teens to give back to their community by pledging to commit an act of service. For every act of service, Hasbro will donate a toy to a child in need – up to 100,000 toys!

Simply volunteer with your favorite organization and tell generationOn what you did at http://www.sharejoy.generationon.org/.  Then Hasbro will donate a toy to a child in need this holiday season.  Every act of service small and large will make a difference to a child so bring your friends, family, youth group and make it a memorable holiday season of service.

Need help finding the perfect volunteer project?  Click here for projects appropriate for youth.  Also don’t forget!…Service to Go is a great option for anyone anywhere! Act Now!

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All The Leaves Are Brown…

Posted on November 19, 2012. Filed under: Volunteering is Hot! | Tags: , , , , , , |

I’m sure everyone enjoyed the stunning colors the valley’s beautiful trees bestowed upon us this fall season.  The reds, yellows, oranges, purples and pinks that lit up the hillsides have made their slow transition to brown and their final fall to your garden, sidewalks, roofs, decks, and everywhere in between.  Watching the nature’s transition has been fun, but every party needs a clean-up crew and we’ve got a fun and exciting way to do it! (more…)

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Winter Wishes Brings Holiday Cheer in Many Ways

Posted on November 18, 2012. Filed under: Volunteering is Hot! |

For many the holidays means coming together with family and friends around a meal.  So it seems only natural to want to volunteer to serve a meal to those who need it during the holiday season.  Many volunteers seeking these opportunities will come up disappointed.  These volunteer opportunities are not only extremely popular but there just aren’t very many volunteer slots.  Often holiday meal sites fill their volunteer slots weeks or even months in advance.  However, never fear!  There are still plenty of ways to help out during the holidays.  (more…)

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FEMA and Federal Partners Continue to Mobilize Resources and Urge Residents to Make Final Preparations

Posted on October 30, 2012. Filed under: Volunteering is Hot! | Tags: |

The following is a briefing sent out by FEMA (Federal Emergency Management Administration)

At the direction of President Obama, the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) is coordinating the federal government’s assistance and preparations to support states affected by Hurricane Sandy. Today, the President received a briefing on Hurricane Sandy in the White House Situation Room, including an update on the deployment of teams and resources to potentially affected areas by Homeland Security Secretary Napolitano, FEMA Administrator Fugate, Transportation Secretary Lahood, Energy Secretary Chu and National Hurricane Center Director Richard Knabb.


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