“Nice job!” “Thanks for doing this.” “You guys are great!” The cheers of hikers walking by our work group help motivate me, as I struggle to dig my shovel under a very stubborn root system. Whatever the root was attached to is long dead, but this root is still clinging to the dry dirt. It’s been an unusually dry start of fall in Portland, Oregon and Forest Park is showing signs. Shoulder to shoulder with other NobleHour team members, I am reminded that I am not struggling alone. There are plenty of grunts and groans as we dig holes in the dry, root filled soil. We have nearly 40 plants sitting in pots, waiting for us to dig these holes.
It’s one of the biggest volunteer events of the year for the Forest Park Conservancy. We are joined by 140 other volunteers pulling invasive weeds and planting shrubs in part of the 5,100 acre park. “We have over 700 volunteers that come out and work with us each year,” says Executive Director of Forest Park Conservancy, Renee Meyers. “They put in over 7,000 hours. They are a huge part of our organization.”
I don’t think we would be the organization that we are without our group of volunteers to support us
— Renee Meyers, Executive Director of Forest Park Conservancy
The NobleHour team continues working until we have all of our plants in the ground. Dirty, tired, and sore we lean on our shovels and marvel at our small patch of park we have cleared and planted. It’s nice to break away from our computers, and chat with co-workers about something other than work. “Forest Park is my favorite place in Portland,” says April Barrett, a Front End Developer for NobleHour. April isn’t alone. Countless hikers, bikers, runners, and explorers use the park each year. It’s the gem of Portland, which makes our morning volunteering even more impactful.
At NobleHour, we are happy to give back to our community. And we are especially excited about the recent announcement of our $1,000,000 grant competition called NobleCause. NobleCause was created to foster volunteerism and is open to high schools, school districts, post secondary institutes, and nonprofits across the nation.
“NobleCause is our way of giving back to the community,” says Sherrie Nickell, director of strategic partnerships for NobleHour.com. “We are truly thrilled to be able to give back to the people that are working hard to make an impact in their community. We hope this grant inspires people.”
The route to reward is iterative: shape well-rounded students and service leaders, build better communities, and measure your collective impact. The NobleCause competition will award 104 organizations with $6,500 grants, while six exemplary organizations – having demonstrated a remarkable ability to raise community awareness and cultivate civic leaders who take action – will be recognized with $50,000 grants.
NobleCause was made possible by the Carol and Barney Barnett Fund within the GiveWell Community Foundation and organized by NobleHour, an online platform dedicated to making volunteerism more impactful. For a decade, NobleHour has been connecting and equipping thousands of communities, schools, non-profit agencies, and organizations to chart meaningful, measurable acts of goodness. To date, more than four million volunteer hours have been logged via NobleHour, totaling an economic impact of more than $110,000,000.
Are you ready to make your mark by volunteering? Let NobleHour help you find meaningful opportunities, track your service hours, and measure your impact!
The NobleCause grants, organized by get.noblehour.com, were made possible by an anonymous donor within the GiveWell Community Foundation, which serves Polk County, Florida. The NobleCause grant competition, launched in 2015, invited high schools, school districts, colleges and universities, and nonprofits to identify and address a local challenge and to recruit and enrich the social responsibility of volunteers. 100 organizations were awarded $6,500 grants, while seven exemplary organizations were recognized at the $50,000 level. get.noblehour.com is dedicated to using NobleCause to increase volunteerism that raises awareness at the local level and develops community members who can take action.
Since 2007, NobleHour has proven to be the volunteer management solution for organizations across the nation. With its robust online platform, NobleHour enhances community engagement with a variety of innovative and transformative tools for finding, tracking, and measuring volunteer, service‐learning, and community service initiatives. With offices in Lakeland, FL, and Portland, OR, the NobleHour team is dedicated to empowering good in communities across the country.
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Dolly Duplantier is a freelance writer, editor, and social media specialist. She is the mother of three children, one college graduate, one in college, and one in high school. Writing about people and organizations making a difference is one of the best aspects of her job!