By Amy Stoneman Thinking back to when I first applied to be an intern at UniversalGiving in February, I remember exactly what stood out to me about the organization. UniversalGiving perfectly encapsulates what it means to be a great non-profit organization. “100% of every dollar donated goes directly to the cause” is just one of the key facts that stood out to me, and still does. I had a feeling UG would be an amazing organization to work for based on its commitment to its cause, but I had no idea that my internship would be so rewarding. Soon after … Continue reading How I Knew UniversalGiving Was Right For Me
By: Gaby Alemán
For many reasons, the world seems much larger and more intimidating than it really is. We look at the globe and we’re hesitant to take a step out of our neighborhood for fear of the unknown— but you know what? That fear of the unknown is exactly what pushed me to leave. Maybe fear isn’t the correct word… Curiosity seems more appropriate. It was with a surging curiosity that I set out last September on my gap year, fresh outta high school, to travel to Asia for eight months.
By Nicola Da Silva The phone buzzed and it was my mom. “Guess what? Nic, Andrew, and Lex booked a trip to Zanzibar and invited me to join. We wish you and Daniel could join to – any chance of that??” Sometimes you get invitations to events and you weakly offer to try your best to make it happen and other times you get an invitation to something and you know that no matter what you will be going! This was one of those. I don’t know why I felt so strongly about going on this trip, but as soon as … Continue reading My Volunteer Experience with Embrace Tanzania
UniversalGiving has recently been working with the Tourism Authority of Thailand (TAT), who have launched a contest to promote voluntourism, The Little Big Project. One winner will receive a two-week volunteer trip to Thailand. But everyone is invited to volunteer: TAT is partnering with other organizations, including UniversalGiving, to share volunteer opportunities. Sound appealing? Looking for adventure? Here are some top opportunities to volunteer in Thailand with UniversalGiving’s vetted NGO partners: Volunteer with Community Projects Work with Wild Animals Empower Single Mothers Help Elephants Volunteer to Teach in Thailand And if you can’t resist the lure of winning a free … Continue reading Take a Volunteer Trip in Thailand
Today’s guest post is from Clarissa Meyer. There are hundreds, if not thousands, of non-profit, charity, or community organizations in the world. And while some have paid positions, most rely heavily on volunteers to keep their operations running. Girl Guides of Canada is nothing without adults running camps and meetings. Habitat for Humanity cannot survive without people willing to lift, tote, and hammer boards. But how do these organizations find and keep volunteers? In the old days it was through bulletin board notices and phone calls. But in our fast-paced, modern world those strategies are not feasible. The volunteer … Continue reading How to Use Technology to Recruit Volunteers
Today’s guest post is from Tess Pajaron. Volunteering, when done for the right reasons, is one of the best ways you could ever spend your time, and Mother Teresa, possibly the greatest volunteer of all time, said it best when she said: “We know only too well that what we are doing is nothing more than a drop in the ocean. But if the drop were not there, the ocean would be missing something.” Volunteers are a rare breed, and without them, the world would be a very different place. But what does it take to be a great volunteer? … Continue reading Selfless Venture: 7 Traits a Bona Fide Volunteer Should Possess
Today’s guest post is from Aniya Wells. People who are passionate about helping others are unique in that they are able to see solutions to problems. Society, however, sometimes makes it easy to ignore or overlook problems like poverty, homelessness and hunger. When confronted with these issues, certain special people ask, “What can I do to help?” Sometimes, there are huge organizations that are already working on solutions. Other times, we notice things that no one else is talking about. If you see a problem, you can help be the solution. All it takes is a pinch of creativity, a … Continue reading Start Your Own Volunteer Group