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For Nonprofits: Fighting Hunger Together, Secrets Revealed, and How We're Featuring You

Making a Difference
Maria D'Angelo, The Children's Lifesaving Foundation
Fighting Hunger Together
New partnership with the Walmart Foundation to help hunger-related organizations
Secrets Revealed
101 new ideas for volunteer recruitment
From the Learning Center
Join a Volunteer Managers' Symposium
Nonprofit Spotlight
Maria D'Angelo, The Children's Lifesaving Foundation
 "Volunteers are your lifeblood. Honor them above everything." ~ Maria D'Angelo, The Children's Lifesaving Foundation
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Fighting Hunger Together  
New partnership with the Walmart Foundation to help hunger-related organizations  
In today’s economic environment, the work nonprofits are doing to fight hunger is more important than ever. And we know that organizations working to end hunger have their own unique challenges to deal with when it comes to recruiting and managing volunteers.  
   
So we've teamed up with the Walmart Foundation to give hunger-related nonprofit organizations more support for their missions.  
   
From now until June 2013, hunger-related organizations will automatically be upgraded, at no cost, to VolunteerMatch’s most effective volunteer recruiting and management tools.  
   
We’ve also developed a new series of free web trainings specifically for organizations that mobilize volunteers in the fight against hunger.  
   
Click here to learn more about how the Fighting Hunger Together initiative with the Walmart Foundation is helping hunger-related nonprofits.  
   
Secrets Revealed  
101 new ideas for volunteer recruitment  
Crowdsourced from volunteer managers all over the world, curated by the experts at VolunteerMatch, we're excited to introduce "101 Volunteer Recruitment Secrets." The free download is a collection of tips on volunteer recruitment that we gathered from our extensive community of nonprofit professionals.  
   
Some of the many ways you can see benefits from this guide:  
   
To see what others in your space are doing.
   
To prepare new volunteer ideas and projects.
   
To help you connect with and recruit the right volunteers for your nonprofit.
 
   
As a rainy day reference guide.
 
   
As a juicy novel -- read it cover to cover!
 
   
Download the free pdf of "101 Volunteer Recruitment Secrets."  
   
From the Learning Center  
Join a Volunteer Managers' Symposium  
   
Written by Lauren Ting, Education & Training Associate  
   
As we were developing new topics for our 2012 webinar calendar, the Education & Training team here at VolunteerMatch had a sudden realization: Our volunteer manager members (you!) are a great resource, and each of you brings a unique volunteer philosophy, style and depth of program experience.  
   
With that in mind, we’re preparing to embark on a new kind of volunteer management webinar – the Volunteer Managers’ Symposium. Rather than have us share our experiences, or collect best practices from you to pass along to others, we’re inviting you to be an active part of our webinar series.  
   
Learn how to be a part of a Volunteer Managers' Symposium.  
   
Nonprofit Spotlight  
Maria D'Angelo, The Children's Lifesaving Foundation  
   
By Cris Bautista, Communications & Social Media Intern  
   
Maria D'Angelo, founder and CEO, of the Children's Lifesaving Foundation (CLF), recalls how her organization began almost by accident. "I never meant to start a foundation," she says. "It just organically began to happen."  
   
Maria began as a volunteer, serving at a homeless shelter in Los Angeles. She discovered that many of the children she worked with not only lived in poverty, but also hadn't gone to school because they could not afford to get the required physicals or vaccinations.  
   
With the help of medical professionals who volunteered their time, Maria began to offer medical services to low-income families in the area. Thus began the CLF.  
   
Read the rest of Maria's story...  
   

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