volunteerism

As we kick-off National Volunteer Week, what words come to mind when you think about volunteers? Caring? Dedicated? Selfless?  Perhaps all of the above? I’ll add two more . . . absolutely essential.
Volunteer at Little Theater of Alexandria
Men in tuxedos and women in sparkly jackets mingle in the Green Room of the Little Theater of Alexandria (LTA) in Virginia. A pianist in the far corner plays show tunes on a baby grand piano while a small group sings “Hello, Dolly.” Other guests sip wine and nibble on artistically presented hors…
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President Obama described him as a “hero” who “helped changed this country for the better.” The Rev. Jesse Jackson called him a “leader with strength, character.” NAACP Chairman Roslyn Brock said he “inspired a generation of civil rights leaders.”  Teresa Sullivan, president of the University of…
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Volunteer works the soil
For my avid followers (are you out there?), you may recall that I previously described my trials during Super Storm (why can't we all just call it a Hurricane) Sandy, and the random (or not so random) acts of kindness I experienced. In the research world we call this "informal" volunteering: people…
There was enough warning, you could watch the weather channel and the local news to watch the path of Hurricane Sandy. Everyone knew she was coming. Experts were predicting the worst-case scenarios. But in the aftermath, the truth of what Hurricane Sandy left behind in the burned-out homes in…
walking down street - ryanopaz - flickr
Like many who live in the Northeast, I lost power during Hurricane Sandy. For a week. I'm luckier than some, as I have a generator to at least keep my heat going. But on Tuesday, day two without electricity, my generator died at 6:30am. Within minutes I could feel the house temperature dropping. I…
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.
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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…
How to start your own volunteer adventure
While showering one Tuesday morning, I had an epiphany.
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