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Area-Wide Giving Day for DC Nonprofits Scheduled for Nov. 9

Posted on 09/28/2011 by | Volunteering | Comments

VolunteeringThis is a guest post by Ifdy Perez. Perez is the Community Manager at Razoo.com A few months ago, the National Capital Arts and Cultural Affairs (NCACA) program’s federal budget was cut from $9.5 million to $2.5 million. The NCACA was established in 1985 to supplement the gap left by DC’s lack of art funding. Now many of the 24 organizations, including museums, theaters and musical societies slated to receive funds from them, will have their budgets slashed too, which could …

Ireland: The Best Place in the World in which to Grow Older?

Posted on 09/7/2011 by | Giving & Volunteering | Comments

VolunteeringThis is a guest blog post from Reed Sandridge.  Sandridge 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 www.yearofgiving.org.  A frequent writer and speaker on volunteering and micro-philanthropy, Sandridge lives in our nation’s capital. In my last article I shared a little bit of my recent trip to Ireland.  It was my kind of trip.  I was able to combine …

Aging with Purpose: Now is the Time to Give Back

Posted on 08/9/2011 by | Volunteering | Comments

Your LifeAs I mentioned several weeks ago, my birthday was fast approaching; well it will arrive this week! However, last Wednesday morning my doorbell rang and when I answered the door, there stood a deliveryman with the most breath taking floral arrangement. I just knew he was at the wrong house, but much to my surprise he said delivery for Mrs. Leigh Anne Tuohy. “Oh my, that’s me!” The card read: The first gift of birthday week, Love Sean. Wow…..birthday week, …

Reed Sandridge: Breaking Down the Barriers of Self-Centeredness

Posted on 07/20/2011 by | Giving & Volunteering | Comments

VolunteeringThis is a guest blog post from Reed Sandridge.  Sandridge 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 atwww.yearofgiving.org.  A frequent writer and speaker on volunteering and micro-philanthropy, Sandridge lives in our nation’s capital.  Last Wednesday I had the honor to attend a very special event held at World Wildlife Fund in Washington, DC.  His Holiness Ogyen Tinley Dorje, the 17th …

WANTED: Skills to Do Good

Posted on 06/28/2011 by | Volunteering | Comments

VolunteeringAre you looking for a way to make a difference? Do you have a skill that would benefit a local organization or group? Take for example, Alexis’ story. “Alexis is a database professional who created a Salesforce Database for Room to Grow, saving the organization $24,000!  As a result of her hard work, Room to Grow is a more efficient organization with greater capacity to serve more beneficiaries. Alexis’s database has helped impoverished NYC families receive the tools they need to ensure their babies …

There Were Moments: a Snapshot of My Volunteering Experience

Posted on 06/25/2011 by | Volunteering | Comments

VolunteeringThis is a guest post by Gwendolyn Hudson. Hudson was the winner of AARP’s 2010 Create the Good raffle for a one week volunteer program in Costa Rica through Cross Cultural Solutions. She volunteered in a home for 30 children cared for by the foster parents, Doña Melba and Don Victor. In addition to her volunteer work, she visited local attractions such as the Irazu volcano. She also learned local dance, cooking, and was even able to learn some Spanish, …