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A Lesson from Oklahoma: Wisdom Saves Lives

Posted on 05/29/2013 by | Philanthropy & Fundraising | Comments

VolunteeringBy now, you may have heard of Nancy Davis.  Nancy lives in Moore, Oklahoma and yes, her house was destroyed by the recent tornado that devastated several Oklahoma communities. Like many, she is reeling from the aftermath and will, no doubt, for some time. What makes Nancy unique is that she is 94-years old and she lost her home not once, but twice.  She lost her home on May 3, 1999, the last time an EF5 tornado hit Moore – …

Summertime Learning: 2 Ways to Make Summer Fun for Kids

Posted on 05/28/2013 by | Volunteering | Comments

VolunteeringSchool’s out. It’s the time of year that was once reserved for kids to help their on their family farms to maintain and pull in the crops. Now, it’s a time of leisure, play and (with any luck) visits to the grandparents. However, research shows that kids lose ground academically during the summer months unless they use the skills they learn in school throughout the year. Some studies suggest that the loss is up to three months of in-classroom work. …

Beware of Oklahoma Charity Scams

Posted on 05/22/2013 by | Money and Work | Comments

Bulletin Today | VolunteeringFor those who want to donate money to help the residents of Moore, Okla., devastated by Monday’s deadly tornado, read this first. Oklahoma officials are warning people to beware of fraudulent charities that are cropping up to take advantage of the tragedy. At least 24 people, including nine children, were killed in what officials say was the strongest tornado to ever touch down in the United States. As residents return to their flattened communities, legitimate charities are on the scene, helping …

AARP Experience Corps: Working with Kids Yields Rewards

Posted on 05/16/2013 by | All the news that matters for Illinoisans over 50. | Comments

VolunteeringKids Aren’t the Only Ones Who Win with Experience Corps In 2007, a Washington University research study confirmed what volunteers have been consistently saying all along.  AARP Experience Corps volunteers become more active and energetic as they participate in the program. From the study: “At the end of the academic year, about two-thirds of the low-activity group was classified as high-activity, as they became more active in [non-Experience Corps] activities. “ Experience Corps members become more active through their work …

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 AmericanBearFilm.com, 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 …

“The Gasp” and the Growth of a Child

Posted on 05/9/2013 by | Washington D.C. | Comments

VolunteeringMy elementary school kids desperately want to please their teacher.  So much so, they frequently let their emotions get the better of them.  Actually it’s daily.  And here’s how I know: Each and every day that I’m in the classroom I hear the “gasp”! A little background: Good teaching requires a high level of engagement between teacher and student.  And one of the best ways to build such rapport is through questioning.  Active questioning helps ensure—nothing completely ensures!—that the students …