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Building a Story — The Roles of Authors and Illustrators

Posted on 04/29/2013 by | Washington D.C. | Comments

VolunteeringEvery story has a beginning, middle and end.  And in the details of that telling, we can be transported to times and places that fill us with a range of emotions — from wonder, hope and, mirth — to fear, sadness and dread.  And the best stories usually have a blend of both! My Experience Corps kids are currently engaged in “author studies.”  What you and I — if you’re a Gen Xer, boomer or older — used to call storytime!  …

Creative Ways to Thank Those Who Serve — National Volunteer Week

Posted on 04/22/2013 by | Volunteering | Comments

VolunteeringThis year, National Volunteer Week is scheduled for April 21-27 — and according to the HandsOn Network, the week “is about inspiring, recognizing, and encouraging people to seek out imaginative ways to engage in their communities.” NVW often translates into neighborhood work projects, usually involving a combination of paint brushes, garbage bags and brightly colored themed T-shirts. It’s a great time to get things done that may have piled up over the winter — and when everyone gets together to …

Market Day — Bringing Polio Immunizations to the People

Posted on 03/27/2013 by | Volunteering | Comments

VolunteeringThis is a guest post by Philip L. Graitcer and the fourth in a five-part series about a group of dedicated Rotary volunteers helping to eradicate polio in Kaduna, Nigeria. Today is one of Nigeria’s Polio Plus Days. These are days when there’s a big push to go out and bring polio immunizations to the people. We’re going to the Monday Market — one of the largest outdoor markets in this part of Nigeria. Everyone comes here to get their …

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 …

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 …

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 …