April 21-27 marks National Volunteer Week, and Minnesota has plenty of cause to celebrate. Recent research from the Corporation for National & Community Service found that Minnesota ranks #4 among the 50 states and Washington, D.C. for volunteerism, with 38% of residents reporting that they volunteer. That’s 1.58 million volunteers contributing 172 million hours of service a year!
The news for the Twin Cities is even better: it ranks #1 for volunteerism among the 51 largest metropolitan areas in the country, with almost a million volunteers contributing 86.5 million hours annually.
Among the many reasons Minnesota ranks so high is undoubtedly the great organizations that exist here to provide resources for effective volunteering and making use of volunteers. In honor of this year’s National Volunteer Week, here are three of those organizations making a difference.
Corporate Volunteerism Council — Twin Cities
CVC-TC is a professional organization consisting primarily of corporate members, and also includes associate nonprofit members. CVC-TC advocates, supports and grows workplace volunteerism to improve our community. Many of MCF’s corporate members are also part of CVC-TC, and encouraging employee and retiree volunteerism is a key way that local corporations give back to the community. Keep in touch with the latest news and events from CVC-TC by following it on Facebook, Twitter and LinkedIn.
Minnesota Association for Volunteer Administration
MAVA unites leaders of volunteers, builds capacity for quality volunteerism and leadership, and provides an energetic, respected voice for Minnesota volunteerism. Comprised of over 800 members throughout Minnesota, MAVA has received attention in the U.S. as well as around the world for innovation in advancing and updating systems for engaging volunteers. Connect with MAVA on Facebook, Twitter and LinkedIn.
HandsOn Twin Cities
HOTC is the premiere organization for connecting volunteers with volunteer opportunities in the Twin Cities. The Volunteer Opportunities Search on its website is a great first stop for anyone looking to get started volunteering, and it also offers volunteer engagement for corporations and trainings and affiliate opportunities for nonprofits. Its annual Volunteer Expo at the Mall of America connects volunteers face-to-face with dozens of nonprofits looking for help. Connect with HOTC on Facebook, Twitter, Pinterest and its blog.
– Chris Oien, MCF web communications associate