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Horse Sense Volunteering

Posted on 02/19/2013 by |Volunteering | Comments

VolunteeringFran Burns of Baltimore County, Maryland, grew up on a horse farm, riding and showing horses. She recalls that the only time in her life when she wasn’t around horses was during college at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill where she studied broadcast journalism. After many years of working in the world of radio, and later, dental sales, Fran retired in 2006 to her horse farm in northern Maryland where she started volunteering with organizations that were …

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 …

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 …

Helping Others in Hard Times, it’s our Responsibility

Posted on 09/6/2011 by |Volunteering | Comments

Your LifeIn 1884, President Grover Cleveland designated the first Monday in September as Labor Day and an official Federal Holiday. In 1898, Samuel Gompers called Labor Day, “The day when toilers’ rights and wrongs may lay down their tools for a holiday…touch shoulders in marching phalanx and feel the stronger for it.” I had to look the definition of phalanax up; that’s a big word for 1898. The definition would basically be a military formation; who knew? I overheard my two …

The Importance of Being Unselfish

Posted on 08/23/2011 by |Volunteering | Comments

Your LifeAs SJ started his senior year this past week, Michael had his first preseason game, and Collins had us all doing ten different things in four different directions, I was thinking about the events of the summer. Some made me laugh; many made me realize there is work to be done in several areas and so on and so forth. One that made me laugh out loud was the day I received a call from a friend of mine who lives in …