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Shannon McNair

When the holiday season rolls around, many of us cherish the time we get to spend with our loved ones. During this time, however, it’s also easy to get caught up in the whirlwind of the season. Hectic travel schedules and frenzied last-minute shopping can make the holidays more stressful than they need to be. So instead of getting caught up in what gifts to buy, spend some time thinking about how you can give back to those who may be less fortunate. After all, giving back is the best way to spread holiday cheer.

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There’s only one issue that nags at our guest blogger, Tatjana Freund: Why volunteer only around the holidays? People who need assistance may need it all year-round, not just in the two-month period that volunteering seems to be crystallized around. She understands that the holidays can be lonely and bring additional sadness for some, but she’d also like to challenge people who enjoy volunteering at holiday services to try it out in every season.

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Stephen Jennings

The New York Times defines civic engagement as “working to make a difference in the civic life of our communities and developing the combination of knowledge, skills, values and motivation to make that difference.” They argue that “it means promoting the quality of life in a community, through both political and non-political processes.” More generally, civic engagement means getting involved in your community and participating in efforts to affect positive change. To execute this definition of civic engagement, which is by no means easy, the one consistent requirement are community members’ participation. 

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Christopher Edmondson shares his journey of becoming a U.S. Navy Sailor, and how his 8 years of service turned into a lifelong commitment of helping others.

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Shannon McNair

Our co-founder Shannon explores her volunteerism journey, and how she went from "what's in it for me" to "How can I be a part of the solution?" Now serving as a Court Appointed Special Advocate, the importance of giving back is clearer to her than ever before.

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Andreas Carlos Freund

Since it ignited on Wednesday night, the Kincade Fire has burned over 66,000 acres (that’s more than twice the size of San Francisco) and prompted the largest evacuation in Sonoma County's history. Nearly 200,000 people have been forced to flee their homes, at least 96 structures have been destroyed, and 17 damaged, with over 80,000 threatened. Here are ways you can help.

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Stephen Jennings

Understanding how volunteering can benefit your community might be obvious, but seeing how volunteering can improve one's career can be a little harder to see. From my own experiences, here are 4 professional benefits worth considering:

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Shannon McNair

Many people know and associate October with Breast Cancer awareness, but that is just one of many important causes that you can DiveIn to this month. No matter where you are, finding a way to make an impact is easy. In this month's Community Dive find 4 ways to support women this month (and always), by joining our community and getting involved today!

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Andreas Carlos Freund

My experience at LTX Fest inspired me to reflect on my personal journey starting DiveIn as a Latino founder, on the incredible talent in the Latinx community, and on the barriers to more success. The Trump era has been hurtful for our people. From a rise in hate-crimes to cages at the border and all the way to unequal access to opportunity, we're facing huge challenges. But I was reminded by the love, intelligence, and determination our community has for each other over the last few days. Sí se puede!

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Shannon McNair

Following the historic climate crisis protests led by Greta Thunberg, this month's Community Dive offers tools on how to be a part of the fight to save the planet. Tips, events, and more, it's never been easier to make an impact. DiveIn today!

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I always imagined that if I was alive in the 1970s, I would have been a hippie. Maybe this is just because I grew up in San Francisco, or because I look good in circle-frame glasses. But I really feel like I would have participated in marches with my hair in two long braids. Since I was born in the late 90s instead, I have a far easier way to get involved with social activism: I click “Like”; or maybe, “Share.” If I feel passionately about a cause, I might even… change my profile picture. Sounds anticlimactic? Yeah, to me, too. 

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Stephen Jennings

Volunteering with coworkers is an amazing way to get involved in the community and improve your work experience. While the benefits of volunteering in your community are somewhat obvious, it may be harder to see why volunteering with your coworkers would be beneficial to company culture. 

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Volunteering has become a popular solution for people looking to build a better community or help those who need assistance. Many organizations view volunteers as their lifeblood, which is why it’s essential that you constantly motivate them and make them feel a part of a close community. Our guest blogger, Prasha Sarwate Dutra, shares ten smart ways to start motivating volunteers today.

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Shannon McNair

DiveIn is finally here. Yes you read that correctly. The day has come and our app is officially available for download. As you probably know, this product has a simple mission: to lower the barriers of access for anyone to do more good in their local communities. For those who have supported us along the way, we want to thank you from the bottom of our hearts. We couldn’t have done it without you.

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Shannon McNair

DiveIn has officially hit the app stores and I couldn’t be more excited! For those of you who know me personally, you’re well aware that Andreas and I literally poured our blood, sweat, and tears into bringing you a bigger, better DiveIn. To finally be able to share it with you means more than I can actually put into words. What I can do, however, is share a little about what this journey has meant to me, what I love about our app, and my hopes for DiveIn’s future.

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Andreas Carlos Freund

We're proud to announce that we're partnering with the amazing folks over at Sincerely, Hueman. Sincerely, Hueman is a podcast produced by Hueman Group Media and features stories of "kindness in action" through the lens of today’s most inspiring advocates, philanthropists, and change-makers. Tune in over the next month to hear some truly inspiring stories and our special co-branded segment, "Let's DiveIn."

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Shannon McNair

This might go without saying, but people leave their countries for countless reasons, whether it be to escape war, persecution, natural disasters, or simply to seek better opportunities for their families. At the end of the day, this planet is ours to share. Since DiveIn is headquartered in California, home to one of the largest immigrant populations in the country, we thought we’d use this month’s Community Dive to share a few ways to support your neighbors, regardless of their citizenship status.

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Shannon McNair

Emily is a passionate psychotherapist with a focus on the queer community and eco-therapy. A lover of the outdoors, Emily loves when her clients can see nature reflect back what their feeling and utilize parts of the environment to help ground their emotions.

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Shannon McNair

For this week's #WhyIDiveIn we interviewed the amazing Dr. Ashley McMullen. Ashley is the Chief Ambulatory Resident at the Zuckerberg General Hospital here in San Francisco.

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Chann Little

Lili shares her story and the reasons why she gives back to her new local community. As an immigrant from Colombia, acclimating to life in the Bay area, to a new culture, and language posed immense challenges for Lili.

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Nate Cohen

Meet Chris Speed! He is a social services expert and has been active in his community for 27 years. He founded Youth Mentoring in Sports, an organization helping youth develop skills in website design and coding.

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Nate Cohen

Not everyone needs to be an entrepreneur but everyone should learn to think like one” -Alfredo, our #WhyIDiveIn guest this week. With over 20 years of experience, he knows firsthand how to train the next generation to have an entrepreneurial mindset and succeed in their careers. Find out why he has dedicated so much of his life to making sure the leaders of tomorrow have a bright future! 🤙

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Shannon McNair

Watch why Shannon has chosen to dedicate her career to the advancement of underserved communities. You will see the progression of how an idea turned into a business and how passion is the origin of many opportunities. We hope this inspires you to keep on moving forward and to #DiveIn to your community!

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Andreas Carlos Freund

Meet our Founder and CEO Andreas! His main goal is to make civic engagement more accessible to everyone and lower barriers of entry to make an impact. Hear more about his background and journey that inspired DiveIn!

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Shannon McNair

Food insecurity in the United States is an issue that impacts 4 million Americans every day. This includes folks living below and above the poverty line. To shine some light on ways that we can help, this month's Community Dive will focus on combatting hunger right in our own back yards.

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Shannon McNair

Making an impact is no easy task, so we wanted to offer a little inspiration for those looking for new ways to get involved. We are excited to announce the launch of our #whyIdivein campaign, which highlights the stories behind the people who work at nonprofits, volunteer their time, and support important causes.

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Shannon McNair

If you didn’t know already, here at DiveIn our mission is to empower people to get involved with the causes they care about in their local communities. As part of that mission, we’re starting the Community Dive as a way to help people make a real local impact

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