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By Lisa Joyslin, Equity and Inclusion Manager, MAVA I had the privilege of presenting a webinar for CVC-Twin Cities this month on the research the Minnesota Association for Volunteer Administration (MAVA) has been conducting on making volunteerism more inclusive and racially equitable. For those unable to attend, here is a summary of the key concepts along with some resources for learning more. Language around volunteerism Many people who work in volunteer management are surprised to learn that the word “volunteer” is often the first barrier to engaging BIPOC communities. BIPOC... [read more]
Thank you to the 14 Corporate Members and 6 Associate Members who completed our first “Pulse” survey. We will be sharing results as we all continue to navigate through the fall. If you have ideas for survey questions for either corporate or associate members please submit them to bshimshock@fmsc.org.   Corporate Results   What type of volunteer opportunities is your company currently offering? 50% in person 57% contact less 100% virtual   How many volunteers is your company looking to place per opportunity? 46% 11+ 36% 6-10 21% 2-5   Is your company... [read more]
CVC-TC profiles Associate Member Paige Stein, Second Harvest Heartland Volunteer Resource Developer   How many years have you been at your current company? 3 years   How many years have you been in your role? 2 years   Describe your role at your company and how your work contributes to the success of the company?   As Volunteer Resource Developer, I collaborate with internal departments to create volunteer opportunities and support overall volunteer stewardship, recruitment, communications and program strategy. A large focus of my role is on pro bono... [read more]
We are proud to recognize Open Arms of Minnesota as a CVC-TC Hero Through Service and would like to thank Medica for the nomination.   Open Arms of Minnesota is dedicated to building a joyful and nourishing community that provides medically tailored meals and hope for people experiencing a significant health crisis or living with a life-threatening illness.   Over the last several months, Open Arms of Minnesota has stepped up to serve the community in a significant way. With schools and community centers closed as a result of COVID-19, Open Arms delivered additional meals... [read more]
by Sam Holsen, Xcel Energy A pandemic is not slowing down Xcel Energy’s efforts to give back to the communities it serves. Over the weekend on Friday, September 11 and Saturday, September 12, nearly 1,000 Xcel Energy employees put their good energy into action and volunteered their time in support of over 40 local nonprofit partners, including CVC associate partners, People Serving People and Second Harvest Heartland, as part of the company’s Day of Service.   Volunteer events this year included a food distribution, in partnership with the Latino... [read more]
Approximately 1,400 households in the greater Twin Cities transition from homelessness to stable housing each year, yet lack necessary items to make a house a home. Join United Way as we Unite to Fuel Change by providing 850 Welcome Home kits full of essential household items to individuals and families moving into stable housing.   You can support local families through November 3   •Volunteer at home. Assemble Home Essential Packs or make tie-fleece blankets •Host a product drive, Seta goal and rally your coworkers, family and friends to collect essential household supplies... [read more]
We regret to inform you that the 2020 CVC-TC Annual Celebration, scheduled for October 1st, has been canceled. Due to the uncertainty of the fall, and out of an abundance of caution for the health of all attendees, we believe an in-person event is not the right approach at this time. We’re planning for an even bigger celebration in 2021 when we can all come together safely. We appreciate your understanding and support. Our theme for this year was Heroes Through Service and while we all cannot be together; we hope to provide an opportunity for you to recognize the heroes in our communities.... [read more]
The Twin Cities Community Rebuilding Coalition began when HandsOn Twin Cities, Heart of America, Rebuilding Together, and Tree Trust came together to support rebuilding efforts. The partnership has now expanded to include community, economic, nonprofit, association, and city organizations. We recognize that the work to heal and rebuild areas impacted by civil unrest is complicated and requires a cross-sector, multifaceted approach.   Our Twin Cities collaboration is focused on building better than before, in a way that recognizes Minnesota’s long history of racial injustice in... [read more]
After months of adapting to the global pandemic and civil unrest we know that many people are feeling anxious, exhausted, and maybe even a bit of compassion fatigue. Simultaneously, nonprofit here in our community are facing significant challenges and are doing amazing work to meet the tremendous needs of our community.   To highlight these needs HandsOn Twin Cities has created a nonprofit social media spotlight to show you first-hand what organizations are going through. Local leaders share how their work has changed, what their most significant needs are right now, and how you can... [read more]
We invite you to join our national day of “virtual volunteering,” in observance of “9/11 Day,” the federally-recognized September 11 National Day of Service and Remembrance.   Help generate more than one million self-directed acts of service and good deeds on September 11, 2020, to help those in need, especially those most impacted by the COVID-19 pandemic. These impactful good deeds are easy for you to do individually or with your family and friends right at home. There’s no cost to participate and most of our good deeds do not require a financial contribution.   9/11 Day At... [read more]

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