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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5 Tips for Storytelling About Your Nonprofit


IMG_0039We’ve all watched the commercials, and you know what I mean; the ones that get you right in the feels. They tell us a story with the intention of stirring up emotions that we will in turn hopefully act on. I’m sure you could name a few right off the top of your head. I bet the ASPCA spot where they play the Sarah McLachlan song, “Arms of an Angel“, is one of the first that come to mind. Many of this year’s Super Bowl commercials were heavy on story telling as well.
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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 5 Best Non-Profit and Volunteer Blogs


IMG_0028Was your New Year’s resolution to read more? Or, maybe it was to volunteer more? Need some help getting started? Well, we’re here to help! We’ve combed the web for some great blogs that will help you to accomplish both of these. Check out these top blogs that will help keep you up-to-date on what’s going on in the non-profit world and show how you can get involved and volunteer more.
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January Volunteer Opportunities and Non-profit Events


January volunteer eventsIt’s that time again. New year, new you! If one of your resolutions is to get involved and give back, here are some volunteer opportunities and non-profit events to start off January on the right foot. New year, new chances for giving!
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Season of Giving: Pittsburgh Volunteer Opportunities for December


ChristmasWe are a week into December, the holidays are quickly approaching, and the weather (sadly) started getting colder. The Season of Giving is here! At a time where we are running around working to complete our holiday to-do list, many others are struggling to just get by. This season, if you are looking to give back to the community there are many worthy options. Here are several organizations with volunteer opportunities for this December and beyond.

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Pittsburgh Area October Events & Volunteer Opportunities


In the past few weeks we’ve talked about how you can make your foundation stand out, we’ve asked you to #ShowUsYourCause, and we’ve highlighted what the Tapolci Foundation is all about.

Now as the leaves start to change and before we hand out Halloween candy, let’s talk about how we all can get active. Here are several events and volunteer opportunities you can add to your calendar for October that will help support local groups in the Pittsburgh area.

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Lace up your running shoes come help support the Mario Lemieux Foundation and the Pittsburgh Penguins Foundation on Sunday, October 16th. Whether you are a runner, want to walk as a family, or would like to volunteer, all opportunities are open. If you are interested you’ll want to act fast though. Registration for runners/walkers ends at midnight on October 9th, and only a few volunteer spots are still open. This has always been one of my favorite runs of the year, even if the uphill finish is a challenge. Plus you get to feel good twice about this, by participating you are being physically active and helping yourself, as well as helping support two worthy local non-profits. Not available this day, or not up to running or walking? You can still support these groups, by joining donating to a runner.

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