Ready…Set…Volunteer! Veteran Runner Shares Event Secrets

Every week in America, thousands of people line up to compete in one of the hundreds of running races that happen across the country. One such event happens in the southwest corner of Minnesota, in the town of Worthington, called the Turkey Day 10K. Set around one of the state’s scenic 10,000 lakes, Lake Okabena has been the backdrop of this race for over 30 years. The TD10K got its start back in 1980 when Jerry Fiola, a Worthington native, and …

On A Rainy Day In Steeler Country Volunteers Were Asked “Am I My Brother’s Keeper?”

On a rainy day in Pittsburgh Pennsylvania NFLPA former players, AFL-CIO members, community activists, and community organizers got together for an event called My Vote My Right, to educate the public on the new voter ID laws instituted in Pennsylvania. There have been many studies on the effects of the new legislation on people’s ability to vote. According to the Brennan Center for Justice at New York University School of Law, “Studies show that as many as 11 percent of eligible voters do not …

How To Start Your Own Volunteer Adventure

While showering one Tuesday morning, I had an epiphany. This enlightened thought inspired me to travel through the forty-eight contiguous states in forty-eight weeks doing volunteer, service, and charity work. The main goal was to promote a “service-to-others” lifestyle by lending a hand to people and organizations of all ages, backgrounds, and affiliations. While the “ah-ha” moment came all at once, getting to that point took several months to figure out what I loved to do and how each of …

A Must-Read Memo for Volunteers

To: All volunteers, everywhere From: The bottom of our hearts Subj: Thank you!! Helping people. Helping animals. Helping the environment. Helping make the world a better place. And helping for free because a cause demands it. That’s what volunteers do, all over the world, every day. April 15-21 is National Volunteer Week, and AARP wants to say ‘thank you!’ to each and every volunteer. We see you volunteering in shelters, schools,

Too Old to Answer JFK’s Call? Nonsense!

Just before 2:00am on a chilly October night thousands of students at the University of Michigan became part of history as the 43-year-old presidential candidate stood on the steps of the Michigan Union and asked if they would embark on a journey that would take them potentially half way around the world to give assistance to underdeveloped nations and their people. John F. Kennedy was of course introducing his new international service organization that would later become the Peace Corps. …

Be a Force for Good on King Day of Service

Astute readers of this blog will recall that, in a recent post, I chided readers to view volunteering as a year-round pursuit, not just something to be done on certain special days of the year. While I am sticking to that stance, a certain special day is upon us so I must chide you to volunteer now, even if only for one day. That day is Monday, Jan. 16 – Martin Luther King Jr. Day of Service.