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#CardinalConnect: Three Ways to Connect During National Volunteer Month

Did you know that April is National Volunteer Month?  A time to honor all the amazing volunteers in our communities and to encourage volunteerism throughout the month.

Volunteers manning canned food donation drive; person donating a can

All year long people are inspired to come together to collectively make a positive impact in their communities. According to the Points of Light Foundation, the world’s largest organization dedicated to volunteer service, an estimated 30 million volunteer hours of service is achieved across 30 countries each year.

Volunteering offers a wonderful opportunity to not only serve the community, but to also share that experience with others. And while there are many ways for you to volunteer for a great cause in your local community, there’s also a range of opportunities available in our Stanford community where you can build connections with your team or meet new colleagues all while supporting a worthy cause.

In honor of National Volunteer Month, consider these three volunteer opportunities to connect with colleagues for a special cause:

1. O’Donahue Stanford Educational Farm: The educational farm is Stanford’s home for hands-on learning in sustainable agriculture. Daily, the farm depends on volunteers to pitch in to help harvest fresh produce for the campus dining halls. Common tasks include keeping fields free of weeds and rocks, planting new crop rotations, deadheading flowers, teaming up on irrigation, composting and mulching. For volunteer hours or additional information, visit the Stanford Educational Farm.

2.  Stanford Health Library: Volunteers play a major role at the Stanford Health Library. From technical assistance in the preparation of library materials to working with patrons as they search for answers, volunteers make it possible to support each patron with the help they desire. Volunteers who work as Library Reference Associates receive training by the medical librarian and may attend other special classes such as internet researching and Medline classes. To learn more, visit the Stanford Health Library.

3.  Stanford Blood Center: The Stanford Blood Center offers volunteers an opportunity to work directly with donors as they help save lives through blood donation. This includes direct interaction with donors and medical personnel. Volunteers assist with a range of positions at centers in Menlo Park, Palo Alto and Mountain View, as well as at various mobile locations including local businesses, schools and community organizations throughout the Bay Area. To learn more, visit the Stanford Blood Center.

Tell us how you plan to get involved during National Volunteer Month for a chance to win a Cardinal at Work (CaW) giveaway item. Email us at by Friday, April 28.

For a list of volunteer opportunities to help you connect and give back in the Stanford community or greater Bay Area, visit the Volunteer Opportunities section for more information.