CommonKindness Celebrates National Volunteers Week

San Francisco, CA (PRWEB) April 19, 2013

CommonKindness ( is raising a glass to the 64 million volunteers in America who, according to the Department of Labor, donate 8.1 billion hours of their time to service work each month. Commencing on Earth Day, Monday, April 22, 2013, the free printable grocery coupon website will focus on the extraordinary work of individual volunteers and nonprofit organizations in America to honor them and their efforts.

CommonKindness is a social enterprise launched by Andrew Martin, the founding chair of Annie’s Macaroni and Cheese and Smartfood Popcorn, and New Zealand native Sarah Schloemer. The disruptive online coupon model they created features a pay-per-redemption model that brands love and allocates 20 percent of revenues to nonprofit organizations.

“CommonKindness has created a source of sustainable funding for America’s nonprofit organizations, so volunteers can spend less time on fundraising and more time performing acts of kindness that help others,” said Sarah Schloemer, president of CommonKindness.

“Thousands of nonprofits—from the Red Cross to the United Way to P.A.W.S.—are benefiting from CommonKindness and have engaged their members,” says Schloemer. During National Volunteer Week, and for several weeks afterward, CommonKindness will showcase the work of individuals and organizations in its e-mail, blog, Facebook page, Twitter feeds, and other messaging. The coupon website will also suggest ways to honor local volunteers, get more involved in the community and help others.

Established in 1974 by President Richard Nixon, National Volunteer Week is the official time to celebrate the kind people who are improving the lives of others through their dedication and service work.

“Economic uncertainty has increased pressure on governments, businesses, and nonprofits to do more with less,” said Schloemer. “The work we are doing to raise funds is only part of the solution. Volunteers contribute more than just time. It’s their talent, advocacy, and kindness that bring about meaningful change and they deserve to be honored for their incredibly kind efforts that benefit our communities.”


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