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Drew, a lover of adventure and charity, volunteered for a week in each of the 48 contiguous states while promoting a service-to-others lifestyle. His new volunteer adventure, Here A Year, is about living, discovering, and connecting inside a state for a one year (currently Pennsylvania). These traveling projects recently landed him as "America's Best Sojourner" by Reader's Digest.

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Random Snacks of Kindness — Volunteering for Big Themes in Life

Posted on 05/14/2013 by |Volunteering | Comments

VolunteeringHypothetical question: If a random stranger on the street approached you and offered a free cupcake — just because — would you take it? Greg Gano and Sarah Sellman from, along with myself undertook that exact experiment in the beautiful city of Scranton, PA. The idea was to pass out “random snacks of kindness” while promoting a simple message — “be kind”. Of course, Greg and Sarah were no strangers to this type of experiment as they had already …

Creative Ways to Thank Those Who Serve — National Volunteer Week

Posted on 04/22/2013 by |Volunteering | Comments

VolunteeringThis year, National Volunteer Week is scheduled for April 21-27 — and according to the HandsOn Network, the week “is about inspiring, recognizing, and encouraging people to seek out imaginative ways to engage in their communities.” NVW often translates into neighborhood work projects, usually involving a combination of paint brushes, garbage bags and brightly colored themed T-shirts. It’s a great time to get things done that may have piled up over the winter — and when everyone gets together to …

Coast-to-Coast Spring Cleaning

Posted on 03/25/2013 by |Volunteering | Comments

VolunteeringMost people would consider driving 4,500 miles in 10 days a nightmare scenario — but for me — the last week and a half, going coast-to-coast, exploring the beautiful US of A, has been nothing short of fantastic. Maybe it’s the sound of my tires on the road or the constantly changing scenescapes across my the windshield that make it such an exhilarating experience — or maybe it’s the smell of mountain air or the jump in my stomach when …

Horse Sense Volunteering

Posted on 02/19/2013 by |Volunteering | Comments

VolunteeringFran Burns of Baltimore County, Maryland, grew up on a horse farm, riding and showing horses. She recalls that the only time in her life when she wasn’t around horses was during college at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill where she studied broadcast journalism. After many years of working in the world of radio, and later, dental sales, Fran retired in 2006 to her horse farm in northern Maryland where she started volunteering with organizations that were …

Connecting Through Conversations

Posted on 01/17/2013 by |Volunteering | Comments

VolunteeringBad drivers. Never listen. Take forever in the bathroom. Always look for a handout. Constantly complain. Based upon the list above, which age bracket do they best describe? This list of stereotypes was used to break the ice with a group of eight seniors (age seventy or older) and eight high school students (age eighteen or younger), where they were asked to raise their hands if they thought the statement referred to the other generation. After every item was read, …

Serving others makes you Rich

Posted on 12/19/2012 by |Volunteering | Comments

VolunteeringRecently, I was travelling across the upper plains, when I woke up to the thermometer reading negative 26 degrees. I hadn’t experienced these kinds of temperatures since I lived in Minnesota as a child. Yet, somehow, I forgot that the cold can really sting. I forgot that the weather can change drastically in an instant. I forgot that you don’t sit next to a drafty door in a coffee shop. I simply forgot that Jack Frost is still a formidable …