5 Things You Should NEVER Say To A Volunteer

Have you ever stopped to consider how many of the events you attend are planned or staffed by volunteers?...more

Community Service – Giving Back

Community Service – Giving Back It's not how much we give but how much love we put into giving.  ~Mother Teresa...more

Off to the Polls!

Ag-h-h-h!Running out the door to the polls. Serving as an Election Judge. Was there until 10:00pm setting up. (who knew I'd have to do THAT?) Have to be back this morning at 6:00am. Hopefully, I'll be back tonight in time to post, but if not...... THIS COUNTS, NaBloPoMo! :) ...more
@Cindyhuber Yay! It counts! Thank you for the warm thoughts, Cindy! It was quite an experience. ...more

Do Social Good by Using Social Networks: Be a Micro-Community Organizer

All of us are looking for ways to make the world a better place. But how? You hear a lot about social good. Doing good. Social media doing good. And, it’s an abstract idea. Or you went on Jumo (the social network for doing good founded by the co-founder of Facebook) and you can’t figure out how it really impacts your life.  We have an idea....more

Everything Changes When You Volunteer with Your Kids

By volunteering together, my daughter learned more than what it means to care for a newborn. She learned how helping others can be transformative. She developed confidence in herself and her abilities. She encouraged a few of her friends to join her and demonstrated leadership by advising the other teen sitters. I appreciated the interaction she had with the older teen moms from diverse socio-economic backgrounds. I noticed the way my daughter felt needed, that her efforts were valued. ...more

I love volunteering with my kids -- I get to do something for others AND enjoy the best gift, ...more

Powered By Service: Usher's World Leadership Awards Offer PURE Inspiration!

My Friday evening couldn’t have been more charmed!:-)...more

The Poet as Activist: Two Carol Muske-Dukes projects

In accepting the National Book Foundation’s Medal for Distinguished Contribution to American Letters, Adrienne Rich delivered an address entitled “Poetry and Commitment.” In living her life as a woman, poet, teacher, c...more

Charitable Deeds - WHAT was I THINKING!?

It started with simple questions: Am I helpful to others? Do my deeds make a difference? Am I bettering my community? Sure. I must be. Right? Only way to tell - keep track of my deeds. And, for good measure, post it for the world to see to keep me on track. We began with a bang - quilts and food banks, cleaning out our closets and sharing our extra with those who had less. ...more

There's a Hair Dryer in my Kitchen

Our Great American Bake Sale is coming up, and I'm doing several cooking classes with kids ahead of time to make some tasty treats to sell. I had chocolate on the brain and was contemplating all of the ways that my students could melt it safely. A friend of mine (who is in the chocolate business!) told me that she did an experiment with a group of 8th graders and discovered that using a hair dryer was the best way to melt chocolate! It sounded ...more