With National Volunteer Week coming up on April 18 - 24, many companies are in search of non-profit organizations to volunteer with and to find inspiring individuals to lead panel discussions on the topic.
We have put together a list of amazing organizations and the motivational leaders behind them who are very knowledgeable on many important topics related to DEI and giving back to those around you. They are very passionate about what they do and love sharing their personal experiences and insights.
These individuals lead incredible non-profit organizations that are dedicated to helping those in need and making the world a better, more inclusive, and accepting place for all. These organizations have opportunities to donate, and volunteer virtually! Time to start planning National Volunteer Week for your team and give back to local or global communities.
Kiwoba is an inspiration to listen to and makes the entire audience feel moved and inspired. She can light up the entire room with her smile and passion. She is the CEO and Founder of GIRL STEM STARS. She is also a global motivational speaker who speaks on topics such as:
GIRL STEM STARS is an organization dedicated to creating a fully diverse and inclusive STEM community. Their mission is to “foster excitement, confidence and literacy in STEM for girls of color, particularly those from underrepresented communities, by providing free, experiential programs and by maximizing meaningful interactions with women mentors in science, technology, engineering, mathematics, and arts.” This program helps to open the minds of children to new possibilities in new areas of technology.
Melissa has a passion for being involved in organizations that try to change the educational system and help students of colour reach higher education. She is a kind-hearted individual who enjoys helping others and making a difference in her local community. She is the Executive Director of the Oakland Leaf Foundation.
Oakland Leaf supports students all year round through summer camps, after-school programming, and internship programs for teens. This organization is helping and supporting Oakland youth to reach their full potential and become leaders in their school and community. A supportive community and safe space are created to offer youth the love, support, and healthy relationships they need.
Jody is a volunteer program builder, public speaker, and team leader. She has extensive experience building volunteer programs and organizations from the ground up. Her passion for non-profits and helping others is evident in all she does. She is currently the Director of Volunteer Services at the San Francisco AIDS Foundation.
The San Franciso AIDS Foundation strives for a future where those who are living with or at risk of HIV can achieve health justice. This organization promotes “health, wellness, and social justice for communities most impacted by HIV, through sexual health and substance use services, advocacy, and community partnerships.”
Amit is a strong leader and advocate supporting LGBTQ+ youth globally. He is working towards creating an inclusive community of those who help and support one another. His work involves making the world a safer and more accepting place for LGBTQ youth, and he is happy to share his insights on this topic. Amit is the CEO and Executive Director of The Trevor Project.
The Trevor Project is the leading national organization providing crisis intervention and suicide prevention services to lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, queer & questioning (LGBTQ) young people under 25. This organization was founded in 1998 and life-saving resources and programs to LGBTQ youth in need. There are various opportunities for volunteering with the Trevor Project to get involved in their life-saving work.
Paul is an outstanding leader and helps to support the mission and sustainability of the organization. As a social justice advocate, he enjoys sharing his knowledge and insights on supporting the API Communities and empowering others to take action and make a difference. Paul is the Director Of Development at Advancing Justice - Asian Law Caucus.
Advancing Justice - Asian Law Caucus is the nation’s first legal and civil rights organization serving the low-income Asian Pacific American communities. Its mission is to promote, advance, and represent the legal and civil rights of API communities. Social, economic, political and racial inequalities continue to exist in the United States, so the organization is committed to the pursuit of equality and justice for all.
If you are looking for even more virtual social impact organizations to support, check out this list! We have also put together an Airtable interactive spreadsheet that has even more volunteer opportunities to help get your team involved and give back to communities.
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