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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 …

A Night in the Life of a Volunteer EMT

Posted on 03/21/2013 by | AARP Blog Author | Comments

VolunteeringThe following is a post from Kim Sedmak, Executive Producer of ”Life Reimagined TODAY“ with Jane Pauley on NBC’s TODAY show. On a rainy, cold, wintry night, Jane Pauley’s email popped up on my Blackberry with the words “be careful.”  Her cautionary message arrived just I was trying to securely strap myself into the back of an ambulance, all on behalf of our upcoming segment for NBC’s TODAY show in our series “Life Reimagined Today.”  We were profiling a guy named Jerry Leener, …

Out in the Field

Posted on 03/20/2013 by | Volunteering | Comments

VolunteeringThis is a guest post by Philip L. Graitcer and the third in a five-part series about a group of dedicated Rotary volunteers helping to eradicate polio in Kaduna, Nigeria.   After a day of practice, everyone’s ready to get going. We’re prepared, and we’re dressed for long, hot days in the sun. One team member, Al Bonney, 63, from Traverse City, Michigan, particularly stands out. He looks like a fisherman without any water to fish in. He’s wearing a fishing vest, a fishing …

Saving One Baby at a Time

Posted on 03/13/2013 by | Volunteering | Comments

VolunteeringThis is a guest post by Philip L. Graitcer and the second in a five-part series about a group of dedicated Rotary volunteers helping to eradicate polio in Kaduna, Nigeria.   Fomwan Maternity Hospital, Kaduna For most of the team, this is a new experience. They’ve never been in a developing country or given polio immunizations. Now, on our second day in Kaduna, they’re getting their sea legs — learning how to give polio immunizations in a maternity clinic, where 40 crying infants, held by their …

Italian Vacation? Let’s Help Eradicate Polio Instead

Posted on 03/6/2013 by | Volunteering | Comments

VolunteeringThis is a guest post by Philip L. Graitcer and the first in a five-part series about a group of dedicated Rotary volunteers helping to eradicate polio in Kaduna, Nigeria.   They’re at a point in their lives where they could be playing with their grandchildren, working in the garden, or on a cruise, instead, these seniors are spending their leisure time eradicating polio in Nigeria. I’m meeting up with a 15-member polio immunization team – all Rotary International  club volunteers with …

A Handy Trick for Learning to Read

Posted on 03/4/2013 by | Washington D.C. | Comments

Volunteering“Aoccdrning to rscheearch…” We all bring different experiences and backgrounds to our reading.  Our comprehension skills, vocabulary and language fluency all factor into what we take away from the series of letters and spaces on the page in front of us.  But the foundations of how we decode those characters comes from our learned ability to translate “letters into sounds” and “sounds into words.” And so, most of us can “read” the subtitle of this blog as “According to research…” …