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Making a Difference

Why You Need to Help Break the Cycle of Abuse

Dr. John DeGarmo | Posted 09.17.2015 | Impact
Dr. John DeGarmo

You say you want to help kids. You say you want to make a difference. Do you really? Will you step outside of your comfort zone to make that difference, to help kids who need you? You see, YOU have the power to break the cycle.

You Matter

Caitlin Grace | Posted 09.30.2015 | GPS for the Soul
Caitlin Grace

All the choices you make on any given day make a difference. We don't always see the effects of our actions or our thoughts but believe me, they have an impact. Just because you can't see the effect right away doesn't mean that you are not creating change.

How Volunteering Can Help the World (And You)

Tajci Cameron | Posted 09.07.2015 | Impact
Tajci Cameron

You choose to become even more aware of how each of us plays a very significant part. So you go about your day as usual, but you smile more intentionally, hold someone's hand a bit longer, and make choices that are a part of the solution, not the problem.

The Love Longer KC Project: Why You Need to Know About It

Summer Collins | Posted 08.26.2015 | Gay Voices
Summer Collins

This act of pure love, pure kindness... Is what we as not just a city, not just as a state, but as a country need to be doing more of to make everyone feel equally loved.

Meet Gizmo, Healer of Hearts

Suzanne DeWitt Hall | Posted 08.14.2015 | Good News
Suzanne DeWitt Hall

Meet Gizmo, a 3.5-pound wonderdoglet on a mission to change the world one doggy hug at a time. During the very early stages of our journey, Gizmo exhibited a keen sense of people's emotions.

How This Woman Is Saving Starving Children In Central America

Ken Solin | Posted 07.16.2015 | Fifty
Ken Solin

I recently interviewed Diane Wamhoff who humbly describes herself as just another regular retired person. She's a 67-year-old wife, mother, and grandmother, and as her story unfolded, an extraordinary hero too.

Children Really Are Our Future

Jay Scott | Posted 07.13.2015 | Impact
Jay Scott

As we enter the summer months and "lemonade season," as we call it at Alex's Lemonade Stand Foundation, I have the immense pleasure of hearing from children all around the country who are continuing what Alex started.

How to Make a Difference. Today.

Ira Israel | Posted 06.29.2015 | Healthy Living
Ira Israel

Last week I attended an awesome event called "The Shine" and was blown away by the community created by my old friend and fellow meditation teacher Light Watkins.

Making A Difference: The World of Giving - US Charitable Giving Surpasses All Past Records in 2014

Lisa M. Dietlin | Posted 06.16.2015 | Impact
Lisa M. Dietlin

It feels like least in the nonprofit world as that was the height of the philanthropic contribution levels. And yes, seven years after the devastating recession, charitable donation levels have exceeded the banner year of 2007 for the first time.

The Significance of 50

Jay Scott | Posted 06.02.2015 | Impact
Jay Scott

Throughout my life there have been many numbers of significance. For instance 4 -- the number of children I have had the immense pleasure of being a father to; or the age when my daughter Alex first voiced her desire to host a lemonade stand to help doctors on their way to finding cures for all kids with cancer.

The Graduation Speech I Wrote But Didn't Want to Say

Anneli Lucia Tostar | Posted 06.01.2015 | College
Anneli Lucia Tostar

Our Harvard degrees matter, yes, but for reasons I feel are under-emphasized. It is true that some employers, neighbors, and people sitting next to us on airplanes react strongly to "the H-bomb," as it has so affectionately been called.

Big Heart? Small Wallet? A Thrifty Guide to Giving

Melanie Young | Posted 05.12.2015 | Impact
Melanie Young

My mother (known in her hometown of Chattanooga as "The Purple Lady") lives by what she calls her "Purple Rules: Do unto others and for others." Give graciously and generously to help people without expecting anything in return. Her gift to me was the lesson of being a giving person and not a getting one.

68 Hours in Haiti, Part 3: The Orphanage

Dan Duffy | Posted 06.24.2015 | Impact
Dan Duffy

Many people that I know are so caught up with the day-to-day that they forget what a gift life truly is, and I include myself in that condemnation. These kids did not take life for granted.

It's a Small World After All

Danielle Posa | Posted 06.23.2015 | Healthy Living
Danielle Posa

We never know exactly how many people are listening to what we say, watching what we do, or reading what we post... but we'd be crazy to think that it's anything less than a whole lot.

Africa's New Hope: Mentoring Mothers

Margaret Gardiner | Posted 05.18.2015 | Impact
Margaret Gardiner

Mentor Mothers teach socialization, encouraging play and bonding. Young, alone, uneducated, and unprepared for parenthood, teaching a mother to show love is one of the most basic and rewarding tasks.

Your Turn: It's Just About... Life

Mark Brodinsky | Posted 05.11.2015 | Healthy Living
Mark Brodinsky

It's all about awareness. Awareness that you have but one shot at this, one shot at life. There are many days in this life, or at least we hope, but...

Beyond the Classroom, an Education in Making a Difference

Jay Scott | Posted 05.04.2015 | Impact
Jay Scott

My daughter Alexandra "Alex" Scott, the creator of Alex's Lemonade Stand Foundation, would be 19 years old now, and I don't think it's a shock to learn that I often wonder what she would be like today.

'Sometimes It Happens,' And Other Great Life Lessons From A 4-Year-Old

Krista Pelton | Posted 04.27.2015 | Parents
Krista Pelton

"Stop talking." I get this a lot. It's a constant reminder from my 4-year-old that we need to listen more than we need to speak.

Bullying in Politics

Ally Del Monte | Posted 04.22.2015 | Teen
Ally Del Monte

Politicians are supposed to be representative of the people they serve. Imagine, for one minute, if someone from every state in America were to stand up and say, enough, it is time for us all to #BeBrave and stand up to bullying.

Young People: Changing the World for a Better Tomorrow, Today

Eric Dawson | Posted 04.08.2015 | Impact
Eric Dawson

Young people are not the future. They are the present. And in many ways they are the best hope we have for repairing a world divided by fear, hatred, and violence.

A New Year's Resolution With Lasting Value

Dana Westreich Hirt | Posted 02.28.2015 | Women
Dana Westreich Hirt

My overall takeaway as I was reflecting on this topic was to recognize the importance of seizing the moment to say what is on our minds: To take advantage of every opportunity to communicate our values to our children and to tell people in our lives they are loved and appreciated.

'Who Told You That You Were Naked?'

Gina DeLapa | Posted 02.19.2015 | GPS for the Soul
Gina DeLapa

Inspiration comes in strange ways. Two weeks ago at Mass, I arrived to find our great big sanctuary packed with people of all ages, including the scho...

Learning Compassion Through Human Connection

Julie Barnes | Posted 02.15.2015 | Impact
Julie Barnes

I often wonder how much more compassionate our world would be if we took the time to connect through story, instead of being consumed with the latest piece of technology.

Because I Saw the Difference

Catherine Nagle | Posted 02.14.2015 | Healthy Living
Catherine Nagle

I raised an only child twice and saw the differences in parenting styles because my children are 23 years apart. Living through the differences from...

Haven't Reached Your Full Potential? This May Be Why

Rosalie Puiman | Posted 02.11.2015 | Healthy Living
Rosalie Puiman

For 2015, I wish for you that you claim the tools and the power to change the strategies that aren't really helping you, but are in fact holding you back from growing into yourself and truly showing up for the life you want -- and deserve!