Rod and Marge Jenkins: Cherished Volunteers Leave Legacy of Service

By |2021-06-04T07:48:35-05:00June 4th, 2021|Categories: MATTERnation Volunteer Opportunities, Uncategorized|Tags: , |

Winston Churchill is quoted as saying, “We make a living by what we get, but we make a life by what we give.” No truer expression could describe two of MATTER’s longest-serving volunteers, Rod and Marge Jenkins. They built their lives around giving to others and giving back to their community. Faithfully volunteering with MATTER [...]

Transition Plus Volunteers Develop Job Skills at MATTER

By |2021-04-30T09:49:42-05:00April 30th, 2021|Categories: MATTERnation Volunteer Opportunities, Stories, Uncategorized|

“They love it now that they’re needed again. They’ve been wanting to help but because of COVID, they haven’t been able to get out into the community. They feel proud and happy to be volunteering at MATTER. They’re even trying to recruit other students because they feel it’s such an important thing to do.”  - [...]

National Volunteer Month: Thanking Doers For Making The World Better!

By |2021-04-02T08:01:07-05:00April 2nd, 2021|Categories: MATTERnation Volunteer Opportunities, Uncategorized|Tags: |

MATTER is a group of problem solvers, innovators, dreamers, and above all, Doers. We're not content to sit around wishing the world was a better place, we work to make it one. And we do so with the support of an amazing community of volunteers. This small army of faithful Doers wants to see more [...]

Virtual Volunteering: What Is It and How Can I Volunteer?

By |2021-04-06T09:54:10-05:00March 17th, 2021|Categories: MATTERnation Volunteer Opportunities, Uncategorized|Tags: |

What Is Virtual Volunteering? The idea of 'virtual volunteering' has become more popular with the arrival of the COVID-19 pandemic in 2020. Also called 'digital volunteering', 'online volunteering' or 'cyber volunteering', volunteering this way is a virtual opportunity that's been around since the rise of the Internet in the 1990s but hasn't really taken hold [...]

Eddy Cyphers: Volunteer Leaves A Legacy From Minnesota To Africa

By |2020-10-30T07:21:25-05:00October 30th, 2020|Categories: Agriculture, MATTERnation Volunteer Opportunities, Uncategorized|

On August 6, 2020, MATTER lost one of our dear friends and dedicated volunteers, Eddy Cyphers. Eddy became part of the MATTER family over three years ago when he reached out to us hoping to help with our agriculture projects. With his extensive experience in farming and travel, and his love for people, Eddy quickly [...]

You Matter Here: Giving Back Provides Purpose and Hope

By |2020-10-02T08:56:41-05:00October 2nd, 2020|Categories: MATTERnation, MATTERnation Volunteer Opportunities, Uncategorized|Tags: , |

This week's blog is written by Lindsey O'Connor who was recently part of a MATTER virtual packing event hosted by her company. Lindsey is a food and beverage trend researcher by day, diving deep into trends in the food world and discovering connections between humans and the foods they consume. In her free time, she’s [...]

Engaging Employees: Volunteering Virtually During A Pandemic

By |2021-04-19T14:21:14-05:00August 14th, 2020|Categories: Companies That Matter, MATTERbox, MATTERnation, MATTERnation Volunteer Opportunities, Uncategorized|

In recent years, more and more companies have recognized the benefits of giving back to their communities by providing employees with opportunities to volunteer. Not only does it make their brand more recognizable in the communities in which they work, but it also makes for happier employees. Regarding a recent survey on the importance of workplace volunteerism, businessnewsdaily.com noted,  “The research revealed that employers that encourage and promote [...]

Jeannie Burns Buckner: Making A Difference When It Matters

By |2020-12-23T13:04:07-06:00July 17th, 2020|Categories: MATTERnation, MATTERnation Volunteer Opportunities, Uncategorized|

Though 2020 has been a tough year, it’s also provided MATTERnation with some amazing opportunities to step up in new and creative ways to reach out to our neighbors, to rebuild communities and to help those on the margins of society. There’s no better example of someone making the most of these opportunities than one of MATTERnation’s most ardent supporters and partners, Jeannie Burns Buckner.   As a mother and grandmother, Jeannie is a passionate advocate for the healthcare needs of women and children around the world. After helping [...]

Be A Superhero: Tell Someone They Matter

By |2020-06-12T17:42:00-05:00June 12th, 2020|Categories: MATTERbox, MATTERnation Volunteer Opportunities, Uncategorized|

In the wake of the civil unrest following George Floyd’s murder in Minneapolis last month, residents of the city and beyond came out in full force to help bring peace and healing to their gutted communities. Parking lots were filled with seas of grocery bags and mountains of diapers. Floods of neighbors came pouring out of homes with buckets and brooms to clean up the debris.   Amidst the darkness of fear and death, [...]

Collaborating Helps Community Causes Come To Life!

By |2021-05-03T10:55:47-05:00January 10th, 2020|Categories: MATTERbox, MATTERnation Volunteer Opportunities, Uncategorized|Tags: |

It was the first Saturday in December when nearly forty volunteers from St. Andrew Lutheran Church in Eden Prairie gathered at MATTER to kick-off their first annual Holiday Giving Program. Designed as an outreach to the local community during the holiday season, St. Andrew chose to fund and pack MATTERbox meal kits. With Christmas in [...]

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