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Drew Elliot


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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4 Ways To Give Thanks By Giving Back

Posted on 11/1/2012 by |Volunteering | Comments

VolunteeringIt’s tradition for many families to sit around the Thanksgiving table to pause – momentarily – while each person says something they are thankful for. Most of the time, the items shared are the same from year to year: “I’m thankful for a loving family”…or…”a good job”…or…”a roof over my head”…or…”plenty of  food to eat,” and while saying what we are thankful is a nice holiday practice, would you allow me to make a tiny suggestion? Try showing your thankfulness. …

Ready…Set…Volunteer! Veteran Runner Shares Event Secrets

Posted on 10/18/2012 by |Volunteering | Comments

VolunteeringEvery week in America, thousands of people line up to compete in one of the hundreds of running races that happen across the country. One such event happens in the southwest corner of Minnesota, in the town of Worthington, called the Turkey Day 10K. Set around one of the state’s scenic 10,000 lakes, Lake Okabena has been the backdrop of this race for over 30 years. The TD10K got its start back in 1980 when Jerry Fiola, a Worthington native, and …

How To Start Your Own Volunteer Adventure

Posted on 09/20/2012 by |Volunteering | Comments

VolunteeringWhile showering one Tuesday morning, I had an epiphany. This enlightened thought inspired me to travel through the forty-eight contiguous states in forty-eight weeks doing volunteer, service, and charity work. The main goal was to promote a “service-to-others” lifestyle by lending a hand to people and organizations of all ages, backgrounds, and affiliations. While the “ah-ha” moment came all at once, getting to that point took several months to figure out what I loved to do and how each of …