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The Essential Agreement of the Classroom

Posted on 12/17/2012 by | Washington D.C. | Comments

Volunteering  Maintaining discipline in a classroom of elementary school kids is seldom easy.  My teacher has a number of tactics that she uses.  When a couple of kids aren’t paying attention or picking at each other, she says, “I’ll wait.”  She then silently pauses her lesson, the room gets quiet, and the kids that aren’t focused realize all eyes are on them and they settle down. If things get worse and more kids “don’t have their eyes on the speaker …

Provide a Mentor for a Child Through Giving Tuesday

Posted on 11/26/2012 by | Volunteering | Comments

VolunteeringThis is a guest post by Deborah Jaquith of the AARP Experience Corps Program. Everyone’s heard of Black Friday and most have heard of Small Business Saturday and Cyber Monday, but what about Giving Tuesday?  We spend so much time around Thanksgiving shopping for Christmas. What about “shopping” online to invest in the work of the many nonprofits who give every day to others?  After all, isn’t that what the season is all about? Giving Tuesday is a campaign to create a …

The View From 14 Inches

Posted on 10/25/2012 by | Washington D.C. | Comments

VolunteeringEarlier this month I began my Experience Corps work with Washington, D.C. elementary school kids to build their reading skills.  It has been both exhilarating and exhausting.  And although I’m having a tremendous amount of fun, I am already developing calluses on my back side getting used to sitting in a chair that’s only 14 inches off the ground! H. L. Mencken once famously said, “Nobody ever went broke underestimating the intelligence of the American public.”  My Experience Corps corollary …

AARP Stepping Up Commitment to Volunteerism

Posted on 10/12/2011 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. Late last month, it was announced that AARP and Experience Corps were “joining forces,” which has the potential to create a seismic impact on several segments of …