5 Reasons to “Give to the Max”

This is a guest post by Aaron Knight of  AARP Legal Counsel for the Elderly. LCE champions the dignity and rights of Washington, D.C.’s most vulnerable seniors by providing free legal and social work services to those in need. Do you want to be involved in something groundbreaking, breathtaking, and joy-making? Then Give to the Max! Today, Wednesday, November 9th, is Give to the Max Day: Greater Washington.  For the first time ever in the history of Washington, D.C. – …

Making Life Better With Friends

Who is that special person in your life who you call a friend? Do you have one? Do you wish you had one? Do you know how to be one? How many times has someone asked you what you look for in a friend? Did you know how to answer? Friendships seldom happen in a hurry. Statistics show that people with friends are less likely to develop physical impairments and as a bonus are likely to lead a more joyful, …

Changing Trends in Volunteering in America

This 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. On Monday the federal Corporation for National and Community Service (CNCS) released data on the volunteer landscape of the United States based on research collected over …

Richard Dreyfuss Teaches America a Lesson in Civics

It’s one thing for an actor to donate to their “cause” on a yearly basis or take part in some campaign ad — but this is impressive. Academy Award-winning actor Richard Dreyfuss has been enormously successful in his Hollywood career — but lately, rather than looking for the next gig, he’s been focusing on helping to get the nation back on track. On My Generation, Dreyfuss talks to Traci Mitchell to talk about his work with a nonprofit he created, …

Celebrating Father’s Day

With Father’s day quickly approaching, I want to take a moment and discuss family. I believe there is nothing more powerful on Earth than family and home. Home is not just our physical address. It’s who we are and where we belong; there are different elements that can make up a family and a home. I can tell you from this unexpected journey last year that how The Tuohy’s have historically thought of “family” has changed and continues to become …

AARP, Creating a Caring Community

This past week, my son SJ proclaimed he needed someone to shag baseballs for him. I’m not sure what that means, but his father Sean, happily agreed to go along on this outing. That evening Sean expressed that he hadn’t lost his old form (he was drafted by some baseball team), and he exclaimed with great pride it felt good to get out there and toss the ball around with SJ. However, the next morning, the story was a little …