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If you’ve caught any hunger-related headlines recently, you know that the pandemic has created unprecedented levels of hunger in our communities and across the country. Today, 1 in 8 Minnesotans, including 1 in 5 kids, are facing food insecurity. That’s an increase from 1 in 11 before the pandemic took hold in March, and as with all facets of the pandemic, hunger is hitting communities of color hardest, worsening the hunger divide, according to data from Second Harvest Heartland. What that looks like for CVC-TC food bank members The Food Group and Second Harvest Heartland is 30... [read more]
If you know of an individual or organization that you would consider a HERO THROUGH SERVICE, please fill out the following form and submit your HERO to be recognized on our social media channels and newsletter. Submission of an individual, group or company are all welcome!  
Hey CVC Corporate Members! 2020 presented us with some pretty new and unique challenges for our volunteer programs. The year has forced us to rethink how we run our programs, who we partner with, what volunteerism looks like, and so much more. These challenges and dilemmas are top of mind for all, so let’s support and learn from one another as we head into 2021. We have a unique opportunity for 3-4 corporate members to bring a current challenge or dilemma they are facing to CVC members. In turn, our featured corporate members will receive free expert advice from your peers in the volunteer... [read more]
Thank you to the 13 Corporate Members and 5 Associate Members who completed our most recent “Pulse” survey. If you have ideas for survey questions for either corporate or associate members please submit them to bshimshock@fmsc.org. Corporate members:   Is your company conducting an employee giving campaign this fall?  o 85% said yes o 15% said no.   If yes, how has your company adjusted the campaign to accommodate remote employees and/or virtual activities? Our campaign is much more scaled back this year, but we are transitioning to the United Way's new... [read more]
We all have been living through this pandemic for several months now. While nonprofits have adjusted, postponed or temporarily suspended volunteer engagement, our priority at HandsOn continues to be supporting our nonprofit partners and gain understanding of your most critical needs.    Sign up for a one-to-one virtual consultation.  We are here to listen, share resources, and connect!  As volunteer engagement evolves and based on the needs of nonprofit partners, we continue to update the COVID-19 resources for nonprofits page to provide information and best practices... [read more]
  CVC-TC profiles Haley Nelson, Salvation Army Northern Division, divisional volunteer relations director.   How many years have you been at your current company? 3.5   How many years have you been in your role? 3.5   Describe your role at your company and how your work contributes to the success of the company? I oversee the volunteer engagement department for Minnesota/North Dakota chapter of The Salvation Army helping provide recruitment and training resources to our 30+ locations to ensure we have the volunteer resources needed to help achieve our mission-... [read more]
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]

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