All I see is fur. Part of a claw, some paw. Suddenly, in a flash of sunlight, I know. A polar bear. Alive and enormous, bobbing down and up in waves and tilting like a buoy.
Right now, our political debates pose a false conflict: that our country can't possibly invest in older generations while nurturing younger generations. Yet our work suggests that the American public doesn't share these views.
You don't have to make a huge commitment to reap a big payoff for your family -- and those in need.
Many non-profits can only survive through volunteerism. Your time is a precious commodity to them. If you can't give money, give an hour or one day a month. If you're out of work, you might even find a new passion or connection.
Rather than volunteer, I wanted to try something different -- an event that would showcase an issue. One that would raise money, and, ultimately, would bring more people together to grow our budding community.
Districts are still unconscionably underfunded when it comes to school food, and Big Food still plays too large of a lobbying role in shaping what appears on kids' trays.
I am often asked how well our college of the liberal arts and sciences prepares students for jobs and careers. We like to think that a liberal arts education prepares students for life, and that jobs and careers are only one part of that.
This is definitely a good news/bad news story, another example of what happens when people and cetaceans (whales and dolphins) encounter one another. The fact is, it nearly always works out in the humans' favor.
I use the same two words: "Who cares?" -- not as a phrase, but as a question. And if I don't have an answer, I realize I don't know enough about this and I have to learn.
There is a lot to do to prepare for a successful experience. In honor of International Volunteer Day, and in an effort to develop more impactful partnerships, I offer these five pieces of advice to Americans planning to volunteer internationally.
By thinking globally and acting locally, you can make a difference this holiday season in the lives of families across the world, or across the street. Here are some ideas to get you started.
Holiday volunteers not only directly impact the lives of the people they serve, volunteering grants a competitive edge for the volunteers in the job market.
An organization that avoids overhead by paying employees nothing, avoids program evaluations and spends close to zero in technical infrastructure can't possibly be the best social investment.
As I listened to my grandmother's tales of the past, brave heroes and stubborn children, compassion and tolerance, I paid them little mind. Little did I know they would become so much more.
In the process of helping these organizations, however, a strange thing happened: they made our lives better too.
In order to create lasting change, we need to further the conversation and advocate for solutions that address the root causes of hunger and poverty.