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The Ten Things You’ve Gotta do to Get and Keep Rockstar Volunteers

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Making a difference: It takes a village

Hello my name is Andrew. I'm the co-founder of VolunteerMark. I'm not a regular blog contributor but today I just wanted to reflect on some of the amazing opportunities we have been given. Thank you to all our great partners. I hope that by reading this, you will be inspired to collaborate with someone new, possibly unexpected, and work together to solve an important problem. Nobody can work alone!

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Being a Visionary in Your Volunteer Work

When tackling social justice issues (which much volunteer work and nonprofit organizations are devoted to), it is important for us to have a productive, caring, and positive outlook. In essence, social justice work is very future-focused. As advocates and volunteers, we strive to alleviate present-day challenges and hardships that many people face in our world today. But, we also understand that in order to systemically eliminate and solve our world’s complex problems, we need to think ahead. We need to not just put band-aids over the issues and injustices, but find the roots, focus on the cause creating these issues, and work towards full equality and justice.

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Understanding and Accepting that it’s a Privilege to be able to Volunteer

It is important to deeply and honestly examine your privileges in life and utilize that awareness to better your volunteer experience and inform the relationships you build while volunteering. By being more aware of the privileges that exist in our society, we will be able to approach social justice through a more informed, developed, and empathetic lens.

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Comfort Is the Frenemy to the Leader of Volunteers

Comfort is a word that typically brings comfort. You know, it’s comfortable. But, comfort may not be your friend if you lead others. Comfort can work against you. A little story about CJ will help us see more clearly how comfort can be your frenemy.

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Our favorite VolunteerMark content from this year!

Wow! 2014 was a great year for VolunteerMark. We had some amazing contributions on our blog from guest writers, launched one of the few podcasts dedicated to non-profit leadership, and even ventured into video production at the end of the year! Who would've thought a year could bring so much. Join as we celebrate the best blogposts, podcasts, and videos in this year end review!

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