Drew Elliot

Drew, a lover of adventure and charity, volunteered for a week in each of the 48 contiguous states while promoting a service-to-others lifestyle. His new volunteer adventure, Here A Year, is about living, discovering, and connecting inside a state for a one year (currently Pennsylvania). These traveling projects recently landed him as "America's Best Sojourner" by Reader's Digest.
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Hypothetical question: If a random stranger on the street approached you and offered a free cupcake - just because - would you take it?
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This 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."
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Most 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.
Fran Burns with Ben
Fran Burns of Baltimore County, Maryland, grew up on a horse farm, riding and showing horses.
Sage Ted and Seeker Kyree play each other in a game of checkers during the Sages & Seekers program in Spring Grove, PA.
Bad drivers.
Helping others by pushing snow
Recently, I was travelling across the upper plains, when I woke up to the thermometer reading negative 26 degrees. I hadn't experienced these kinds of temperatures since I lived in Minnesota as a child.
Visiting the elderly
It's tradition for many families to sit around the Thanksgiving table to pause - momentarily - while each person says something they are thankful for.
Jerry Fiola directing the Turkey Day 10K
Every week in America, thousands of people line up to compete in one of the hundreds of running races that happen across the country.
How to start your own volunteer adventure
While showering one Tuesday morning, I had an epiphany.
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