From Brazil to Kenya, from Lebanon to Bangladesh, volunteers of all ages and backgrounds are acting as champions of change, holding their governments to account -- making them more responsive to their citizens.
Recently, we came across a story that at first sounded unique, as many seemingly random acts of goodness often do. Jeff Powell, a student in North Carolina, had used a 3D printer to make a functional prosthetic hand for a little boy.
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.
Since 2011, Moving Worlds has been connecting people, referred to as "Experteers," who want to volunteer their expertise with social impact organizations around the globe.
Over 60 FedEx employees volunteered this past weekend to help replant a two-acre forest site at Virginia Key North Point on Virginia Key Beach in Miami.
After one mother initially suggested the idea to her son, he quickly texted his friends and within 15 minutes they had all gathered and started planning their relief efforts! They walked through the neighborhood giving assistance to others in need. What incredible young men!
Before then, Memorial Day felt more like a "day-off," but now it's an opportunity to honor the service of friends, colleagues, classmates and my grandfather's generation who put service over self to defend our nation.
Inside we all know there is something we can do for the greater good. We need to listen to the voice reminding us that we are fortunate and often take basic essentials for granted -- yet others are not as lucky.
The women I am among, the ones who have assured themselves I'm not a voyeur, give me a great deal for credit for my photographic labor. I'm dedicated, I take lovely photos, I'm always around. It's a lot of work. I feel duty-bound to acknowledge that my motives are much more self-serving.
Mentoring. After seven years... here is what I have figured out. It is everything I thought it would be and conversely nothing I thought it would be....
Prior to the devastating earthquake in Nepal, an estimated 16,000 children were living in orphanages and children's homes in the tiny South Asian country, one of the world's poorest.
All it takes is a little thought, effort and commitment, and any workplace can reduce costs, increase productivity and maximize profits by making happiness a priority
I can tell that this is not just a one-off experience with volunteering for Mariah. It is a way of life for her family.
They say everything you need to know in life you'll learn in Kindergarten, and boy, did I learn more than I bargained for the second time around.
We're not just raising children, we're raising a future. We're raising hope. We're raising the next generation of citizens.
Think today's veterans are mostly suffering from post-traumatic stress disorder and barely making ends meet? According to a recent report by Got Your Six, just the opposite is true--today's veterans tend to be engaged citizens, more likely to volunteer and vote than the general population.