The Center for Volunteer Nonprofit Leadership, a nonprofit that engages individuals, other nonprofits, government agencies, businesses and community groups in volunteering will celebrate Global Volunteer Month in April. The global event was launched in 2020 as a way to inspire and activate volunteers to support vulnerable populations during the pandemic.
Over the past two years, volunteers have joined the ranks with essential workers and first responders to combat COVID-19, supporting vaccination clinics, addressing systemic racism and ensuring equity and opportunity for all. In an effort to support this work, CVNL launched volunteernow.org, an online hub for volunteering and community engagement, where volunteers can connect with organizations in need of their help.
“Since the pandemic began, the need for volunteers hasn’t stopped and we’ve seen a renewed energy for civic engagement throughout our communities,” said Elaine Tokolahi, director of Volunteer Services. “CVNL continued to recruit, engage, and retain volunteers that could support the efforts of COVID response, respond to increased agency needs focusing on food insecurity, transportation, environmental clean-ups, and neighbor helping neighbor projects, while still training and supporting our disaster response organizations.” During Global Volunteer Month, CVNL will be highlighting one “rockstar” volunteer each week from each of the four counties it serves to recognize them for their work.
“We look forward to inspiring others with the stories of people who are taking part in volunteerism and uplifting their community,” Tokolahi said. Nominations are open on a rolling basis for organizations and individuals. To nominate a volunteer online or for more information about volunteer opportunities, visit volunteer.org.