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Exploring Life & Business with Noah Taubman of Volunteer Collective

Today we’d like to introduce you to Noah Taubman.

Hi Noah, so excited to have you on the platform. So before we get into questions about your work-life, maybe you can bring our readers up to speed on your story and how you got to where you are today?
Like most of you we have been watching as the numbers of our unhoused neighbors increases every day. We hear about so many in our own city who are hungry or in need of opportunities and jobs. And like you, we didn’t know what to do to make things better.

This is why we formed Volunteer Collective in 2020, to fill that gap; we would be the ones to reach out to Angelenos and ask everyone to do something to help. That was all we had in mind when started; just ask people to get involved.

In those two years, thousands of people said yes and personally found out that we do have the power to make things better.

Alright, so let’s dig a little deeper into the story – has it been an easy path overall and if not, what were the challenges you’ve had to overcome?
There’s always bumps along any good road trip. Especially early on in our journey, as the world got used to the realities of working (and volunteering) during COVID restrictions, many of our campaigns became virtual. So for example, getting people comfortable with mentoring a student via Zoom and ensuring the student and mentor could still build a close relationship was difficult.

Another key learning for us was how we executed our donation campaigns. At first it was just a group of us and volunteers offering their homes as ‘collection points’. But as our reach grew, we quickly had to pivot to a more structured process for collecting items such as shoes, warm clothing, or school supplies. For example, we had to invest in weather-proof collection bins to ensure donations would stay safe.

Appreciate you sharing that. What should we know about Volunteer Collective?
We’re a nonprofit focused on cheerleading the power and impact of an active community. Every day we see the need around us and we hear about so many in our own city who are hungry, or unhoused, or in need of opportunity and jobs, and most of us don’t know what to do to make things better.

Our goal is to make it clear that there are simple and impactful things everyone can do to help. Volunteer Collective is dedicated to improving the lives of our neighbors struggling with hunger, housing and health by connecting Angelenos to impactful volunteer opportunities.

We always ask ourselves, “What would our City look and feel like if everyone bought into the idea of shared responsibility and helping our neighbors on a regular basis?”

We believe in the power of ‘the ask’. Whether it’s a family member, a friend, or a colleague; all it takes is that outreach to build our community and get a new person involved in our current campaign or drive.

Then they can see for themselves that there is no greater feeling in the world than knowing you’ve had truly positive impact on the lives of others.

Alright, so to wrap up, is there anything else you’d like to share with us?
There are simple and impactful things we can all do to help. This is why Volunteer Collective was started: to let you know what is coming up in your neighborhood so you can drop on your schedule in and make a difference. We take pride in the campaigns we develop and the due diligence we provide on other nonprofits across the city. If readers are interested in learning more, they can simply sign up for our Newsletter on our website, where we share the latest campaigns once or twice per month. (Link: https://bit.ly/3hNI9Le)

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