Pittsburgh Volunteer Opportunities for Seniors


Senior Volunteer OpportunitiesIn 2015, baby boomers numbered around 74.9 million in the U.S. Known as the Generous Generation, they will donate around $47 billion or more annually; making up 43% of the donations given yearly. Though in size, the Baby Boomers have recently been edged out by Millennials, they are a force to be reckoned with in terms of buying power and philanthropy. It is apparent that Baby Boomers are ready to part with some of their hard-earned money for a good cause, but how can seniors get involved further and make more than just a monetary difference in their golden years? We’ve rounded up several volunteer opportunities in the Pittsburgh area for the 65+ crowd.
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Recap: Volunteering at the Greater Washington County Food Bank


April has been a very eventful month for all of us here at the Tapolci Foundation! We’ve certainly been picking up the pace on our philanthropic efforts outside of the office in the past few weeks. To recap, we held our wildly successful event, #FundTheTruck, at Mad Mex in Robinson, exceeding our goal of raising $2,500 towards a 24’ refrigerated truck needed for the Greater Washington County Food Bank!

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#FundTheTruck Exceeds Fundraising Goal for The Greater Washington County Food Bank


Food BankWe did it! Totaling up the contributions made on April 6 at The Tapolci Foundation’s #FundTheTruck event, we were able to exceed our goal! Who made it possible? You did, of course. We’d like to extend a huge thank you to those of you who could make it to Mad Mex to support our cause for The Greater Washington County Food Bank!
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Batter Up! Pittsburgh Pirates Charities and Community Outreach


PNC ParkToday the sun is shining, I watched robins hopping around outside, my phone even told me today is a great day for a run; spring has sprung. Though March 20 was the official first day of spring, for many people spring doesn’t officially begun until the beginning of the baseball season. Last Friday, April 7, was the Pittsburgh Pirates home opener. Though the weather made it feel more like a Steelers home game (I was the girl in about 5 layers, wrapped in a blanket), this game ushers in a new season, and new opportunities, especially for the Pittsburgh Pirates Charities.
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5 Ways to Get Employees More Involved in Philanthropy



VolunteeringGetting your business involved in Philanthropy not only leads to a great public image but, more importantly, it makes a difference in the community. The question, however, is how do you get your employees to spend their time volunteering? Below are some suggestions from on how to get employees interested, excited, and on track to volunteer in 2017.

Stand for Something

“It’s good to stand for something, to believe in something and base your business on values.”
-Jerry Greenfield

Make sure your employees know that your organization believes in making a difference. Do this by emphasizing the organization’s values. Publicize the donations (both monetary and in time) you have given to organizations with similar values. Seeing the overall contribution will motivate employees to get involved.

Start at the Top

Get executive-level employees to set an example for everyone. Getting the CEO, CFO, COO, and executive-level management involved will assist in creating an inclusive philanthropic environment for your employees.

Organize

Everything is easier to do in a group. If you can spare a day or two, organize company or departmental volunteer events. This will help those new to volunteering feel more comfortable and those veteran volunteers will learn about new organizations and ways to give back. It’s a win-win for everyone.

Get to know your employees

How well do you know your employees outside of the workplace? Many of them have passions and skill sets outside of their day-to-day work. Take time to learn more about them. Then use this information to help pair them with organizations that match their passions.

Incentives!

Who doesn’t like an extra day off? Many companies have a volunteer policy, either giving employees time off to volunteer, company-wide recognition, lunches, or a combination of incentives. Incentives are nice; however, they work best when there is a spirit of philanthropy within the entire company.

Do you volunteer? Does your organization support or encourage your efforts? Or, are you a manager looking for ways to get employees to volunteer more? Start a conversation and share ideas in the comments!

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It’s Groundhog Day…Punxsutawney Phil Sees Lots of Spring Volunteer Opportunities!


Groundhog DayThis year is already flying by. I can’t believe we’ve already made it to February! Even though we’ve had a pretty mild winter (so far), I am so ready for spring. We in Pennsylvania have this quirky tradition of consulting a furry oracle of sorts as to when spring will actually begin. Of course I’m talking about Groundhog Day and our friend Punxsutawney Phil (who actually is a Philomina, I think)! By now we know that our “weather-animal” has seen his shadow and we can look forward to six more weeks of winter, but let’s all Think Spring anyway! Here are several volunteer opportunities and events that will help get you out of your winter funk and active in the community:
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The Ultimate Philanthropy Book List


Today is National Read a Book Day! Here at the Tapolci Foundation we would like to encourage everyone to take the day and read about philanthropy. Here is a list of books to help you become more knowledgeable about nonprofits, volunteering, and giving back! We’ve included the author’s description about each book and the links to buy them to help you pick one to start on today.

Giving with Confidence:  A Guide To Savvy Philanthropy
by Colburn Wilbur

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How to: Start a Charity Committee (Part 1)


So, your company has tasked you with organizing a charity committee, but you’re not sure where to start. Well, by viewing this blog, you’ve already made a great first step! This is the first post in a series that will help you begin your venture onto the path of charity. Before you know it, you’ll be among the ranks of Mother Teresa in your selflessness to society. The following steps are what Pittsburgh-based company, ABG Capital, used when starting their committee.

Planning a charity committee

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