Honoring Teen and Tween Volunteers for Outstanding Service

One of the most important things we can teach our teens and tweens is the importance of giving. Not having much money at that age to donate, the best way for youth to give is by volunteering in charitable efforts. The Prudential Spirit of Community Awards was created 15 years ago to recognize young heroes who have made exceptional impacts on the lives of others through acts of volunteerism. ...more

Why I'm Blue

Every now and then, we do a post that isn't food related at all, but rather related to something that has a special place in our hearts, and this is one of those posts....more

Event Chair Matrix - Worker Bee to Diva

When it comes to chairing an event in the world of volunteer fundraising, it's no question it takes a certain type of dedicated character who can pull off a successful event. The responsibility of managing committees, budgets, vendors, marketing, and all else in between requires an individual who can demonstrate leadership while being a team player. ...more

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Words for you (and me) to live by

DO ask someone “How are you?”… and listen to their response with genuine interest.DO stand up for yourself. Don’t ever allow someone else to determine your value to humanity....more

Those are good words to live by. :) 

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BlogHer '10: You Never Know Unless You Try

Several years ago, my local TV station had a blogging competition. The idea was to compete to earn a spot blogging at the first NH presidential primary debate in June of '07.  I assumed that I'd be one in a sea of participants, but as it turned out, I wasn't. There were 15 slots, if memory serves me correctly, and perhaps 24 bloggers, including myself. And I earned a spot--I got to attend both the Republican and Democrat debates and live-blog. What a thrill!...more

I look forward to meeting you too!



Volunteering for Vomit


Announcing: The BlogHer '10 Call for Volunteers!

* * *Update: The Call for Volunteers closed as of Monday, February 15, 2010. Thank you to everyone who applied. We will contact you by February 23rd with notification whether you were selected.* * *Ohhhhhhh, BlogHers. The time is nigh. Today we are announcing our BlogHer '10 Call for Volunteers!We’re looking for a few good women (hey men: we like you, too!) who are interested in working at BlogHer ’10. In exchange, we’ll give you free admission to the conference, which includes all keynotes, break-out sessions, breakfasts, lunches and cocktail parties ($300 value)....more

I'm so bummed I let this slip under my radar! Should anyone back out, I would love to apply. ...more

How Did You Decide to Help Haiti for the Rest of 2010?

Last week in my post, Keeping Your Balance While Helping Haiti, I suggested that you research organizations working in Haiti that you would like to support by donating, volunteering, or helping in some other way throughout 2010.  We need to support the people of Haiti now, but also in the future, when the hard work of rebuilding begins....more

Thanks for sharing all of the wonderful ways that you are helping, and plan to help the ...more

Keeping Your Balance While Helping Haiti

When a tragedy like the earthquake in Haiti happens, and the images and stories are so disturbing, it is normal to feel extreme emotions: despair, depression, anxiety that help isn't getting their fast enough, guilt, even denial. The thing is, extreme emotions are not always the most productive ones. Eventually, Haiti will be out of the 24-hour news cycle, but its people will still need support. Make a commitment this month to do your part to help over the long term, in a balanced way....more

From awareness... to action!

There are as many ways to fight cancer as there are types of cancer. You know that. You've already been touched by cancer, and your sharp, sharp memories are in many cases what moved 35,000 of you to read, and 350 of you to comment on my last post. Your words are powerful. As I read the comments, I felt your pain, your frustration, and your triumph in overcoming the wounds left by this beast....more