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    For Vanguard’s Dave Earl, ‘Volunteer Day’ Is Every Day

    Dave Earl, Marketing Manager at Vanguard Properties in San Francisco, juggles his full-time job with volunteering for the Shanti Project and serving as a member of the Board of Directors for the San Francisco Gay Men’s Chorus. While most of us become swamped with career, school, and/or family obligations, Dave demonstrates that with time, dedication and some calendar juggling, it is possible to fit meaningful volunteering into an already packed schedule.

    He also recently told the San Francisco Bay Times, “I’m looking forward to Vanguard Properties Volunteer Day on August 21st. I participated last year, when we helped out at Urban Sprouts Community Gardens.”

    Vanguard’s annual Volunteer Day is facilitated by HandsOn Bay Area, a nonprofit that connects companies and people with high-quality volunteer projects through the organization’s extensive network of local nonprofits and schools in need. In 2017 alone, HandsOn Bay Area mobilized over 25,000 volunteers, resulting in more than 76,000 hours of service to more than 280 schools, parks and nonprofits across the region. The projects helped to meet critical community needs including education and literacy, youth development, health and aging, homelessness, the environment and more.

    Dave shared, “Our company is volunteering in the three regions where we have offices: San Francisco, Marin County and Sonoma County.”

    Whether volunteering or tackling work at the office, Dave brings his unique skillset that includes experience as a realtor, web developer, digital marketing manager, graphic designer, photographer and an avid chef to family and friends. He held his realtor’s license in Idaho and Utah, where he managed over 180 properties. He has lived in San Francisco for 8 years after escaping the constant heat/cold of his hometown of Boise.

    Dave has 9 years of experience in web development, digital marketing, branding, art direction, photography and new media. He is the former web developer and digital marketing manager for TEDxBlackRockCity. He served as web developer for the Amador Four Fires and Barbera Festival, and the Statewide Healthcare Innovation Plan for the State of Idaho. A former branding consultant and web developer at Mercer and Kehko, he was the primary website developer for the GLBT Historical Society.

    “I am a proud member of the queer community,” he said, helping to explain his desire to give back to LGBTQ-related causes and nonprofits, in particular.

    Even for those with busy schedules like Dave’s, downtime is essential. He loves to spend time with his partner and their dog Mica, often heading out to local beaches and going on adventures around the globe. He is proof that it is possible to live a full, and fulfilling, life without sacrificing career, community and family goals.

    HandsOn Bay Area is always on the lookout for individual, company and other group volunteers. Learn more at: