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Workplace Volunteer Initiatives – Why They Matter in the Social Service Field

Workplace Volunteer Initiatives – Why They Matter in the Social Service Field

You may have heard of the terms corporate social responsibility or corporate philanthropy and thought they weren’t relevant to your organization. The first instinct might be “Our whole function is to create social impact driven by our mission. We don’t need to/have time for/have the energy for additional volunteer work”. You might be surprised to discover that there are still opportunities and interest at your organization to incorporate the essence of these ideas. After reading on, I hope you’ll find that there are various ways in which doing so can positively reverberate through your work environment, from boosting morale to encouraging closer work with the community you serve.

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How to Combat the Effects of Adverse Childhood Experiences

How to Combat the Effects of Adverse Childhood Experiences

April is child abuse prevention month, and there is no better time to raise awareness around the long-lasting effects of child abuse, neglect, and other types of childhood trauma. This article will explain Adverse Childhood Experiences, share relevant findings from the CDC-Kaiser Permanente Adverse Childhood Experiences Study (ACE Study), and explore how to put science into practice in order to mitigate and prevent the consequences of childhood adversity.

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My Journey as a COA Volunteer

My Journey as a COA Volunteer

Stan Capela shares some of his most memorable experiences over the last 22 years traveling around the country conducting COA Site Visits, “I have many more stories and these are just a few – they’re easy to come by as a Peer Reviewer because the role is about interacting with people and observing inspiring teamwork. When I conduct an entrance meeting, I start by saying ‘I know this is a lot of work, but we’ll get through it together.’ I tell them that the Site Visit is an opportunity to invite people into their home and share their world, and that we are a family of helpers who have dedicated our lives to helping people in need. Going through the accreditation process is a chance to affirm what we do.”

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4 Common Barriers to Setting Up a Quality Improvement System

4 Common Barriers to Setting Up a Quality Improvement System

Developing a quality improvement system is no easy feat. It takes patience, creativity, vision and a fine eye for detail (oh, and did I mention lots and lots of coffee?). Getting started can seem daunting, but it doesn’t have to be so scary. With every major project comes challenges, some of which you didn’t see coming, and that’s all part of what ultimately makes it so rewarding.

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