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Reed Sandridge


Reed lost his job in 2009 and did the unthinkable – he started giving away $10 a day to complete strangers! He captured the story of every recipient at A frequent writer and speaker on volunteering and micro-philanthropy, Reed lives in our nation’s capital. Follow him on Twitter @ReedSandridge.

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Volunteers Washed Away in Severe Weather

Posted on 10/29/2012 by |Giving & Volunteering | Comments

VolunteeringHere in Washington, D.C. most people have stocked their cabinets with water, batteries and non-perishable foods and settled into their cozy homes to weather the severe rain and wind that Hurricane Sandy is unleashing. But what about those who don’t have a roof over their head? The reality is that their situation becomes very fragile during these times because many of the services the homeless rely on operate only with the generous help of volunteers. And with the severe weather …

How Much Does Your Candidate Give To Charity?

Posted on 03/6/2012 by |Giving & Volunteering | Comments

VolunteeringIt’s Super Tuesday and voters in 11 states are waking up to the opportunity to help determine who will be the republican candidate for president of the United States. From job creation to the deficit to the future of Social Security and Medicare, we put the candidates under our own microscopes in order to help us figure out which lever to pull. But what about their character? With all the mudslinging and canned debate rhetoric, how do you tap into …

Too Old to Answer JFK’s Call? Nonsense!

Posted on 01/25/2012 by |Giving & Volunteering | Comments

VolunteeringJust before 2:00am on a chilly October night thousands of students at the University of Michigan became part of history as the 43-year-old presidential candidate stood on the steps of the Michigan Union and asked if they would embark on a journey that would take them potentially half way around the world to give assistance to underdeveloped nations and their people. John F. Kennedy was of course introducing his new international service organization that would later become the Peace Corps. …

Volunteering May Reduce Heart Attacks in Older Americans

Posted on 01/10/2012 by |Giving & Volunteering | Comments

VolunteeringAs you try to make good on your New Year’s resolution to be healthier, make sure that volunteering is a regular part of your routine. Research from several studies shows that older Americans who volunteer live longer and report having a higher quality of life compared to those who do not. The Journal of Psychology and Aging reports that volunteering regularly reduces depression and increases overall satisfaction in life for older adults. Comorbidity of depression and cardiovascular disease has long …

2012 Changes May Hurt Older Americans Who Support Charities

Posted on 12/7/2011 by |Giving & Volunteering | Comments

VolunteeringIf you give to charitable organizations, you definitely want to read this post. There are some important changes being made to how some charitable contributions are treated that can potentially affect you. Two main areas to be aware of relate to IRAs and Charitable Gift Annuities. IRAs It is unclear right now if the IRA charitable rollover law will remain in place in 2012. What this means is that unless Congress intervenes people over the age of 70½ who are …

Should we Celebrate Thanksgiving Four Times a Year?

Posted on 11/23/2011 by |Giving & Volunteering | Comments

Home & Family | VolunteeringThanksgiving has many meanings to many different people. Hands down it is my favorite holiday. I love the simple beauty of coming together to share food and fellowship. Although I am not a big shopper, I recognize that many people look forward to the day after Thanksgiving as much as if not more than they do the holiday itself. In some ways it has become its own holiday. Where I work they list it on the official list of holidays …