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Topic: Volunteer with Local Organizations

Local governments often rely on community based organizations to implement policies. Volunteering with entities such as food banks, homeless shelters, and local advocacy groups is a rewarding way to make an impact and also learn more about your community.


ESAL Articles and Events about Volunteer with Local Organizations

Article - Apr 6, 2023
Electrical engineer cultivates resilience, adaptability, and balance within teams and individuals

ESAL chats with Molita Sloan, who has spent much of her career in the engineering and tech sector supporting organizational effectiveness and as a life coach for Women in STEM.

Article - Mar 20, 2023
Meet Our New Managing Director

ESAL is excited to welcome Taylor Spicer on board as our first managing director. We sat down with her to learn a bit about her background and new role.

Article - Mar 11, 2023
Tips for Scientists to Work Effectively with Communities

Guest author Nancy Holt, who holds a PhD in Physical Chemistry and is a Co-founder of Science for New York (Sci4NY), shares tips to help scientists effectively work with communities.

Article - Oct 8, 2022
CEELAB: Restoring Florida’s Estuaries Through Collaboration

By Robin Mays The Coastal and Estuarine Ecology Lab (CEELAB) was founded in 1997 at the University of Central Florida (UCF) with a focus on the ecology of coastal and estuarine ecosystems, conservation biology, and restoration. CEELAB, along with collaborators and partners such as the Marine Discovery Center, the National Park Service, and several Florida […]

Article - Aug 22, 2022
Community Engineering Corps: Partnering to address infrastructure inequity

ESAL spoke with Natalie Celmo, senior project engineer, and Ellie Carley, senior program coordinator, to learn how they support underserved groups through the Community Engineering Corps. The Community Engineering Corps provides pro-bono engineering and technical assistance in partnership with communities in need.

Article - Dec 9, 2020
Curing Ballots in an Election

Biophysicist Leah Cairns was a voter protection volunteer in the 2020 election as part of a "ballot curing" team in North Carolina. She shares her thoughts on how engaging locally can help fight voter suppression.

Article - Nov 16, 2020
Being a Poll Worker during COVID-19

ESAL volunteer Rachel Burckhardt is a microbiologist and science communicator in Bethesda, Maryland. She wrote about volunteering as a poll worker for the first time in the 2020 election, amid extra precautions due to COVID-19.

Article - Oct 25, 2020
Thriving Earth Exchange: Connecting Scientists and Communities

The AGU's Thriving Earth Exchange program connects communities with scientists to develop community science programs tackling natural hazards, resources, and climate change. These projects are driven by the philosophy that all communities should have access to science.

Article - Jun 28, 2020
Microbiologist Represents DC Neighborhood

Ian Simon serves as an elected commissioner of his Advisory Neighborhood Commission (ANC), part of a unique system that gives voice to neighborhoods across D.C. Simon talked to ESAL about translating his federal policy experience to tackle local housing, education, and business issues.

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