Keeping homes maintained is important to residents' health and safety. In a city like Alexandria with so much older housing and many homeowners of lim...
The "Kid Blog" on our Pajama Program website is full of sweet and tender notes and drawings from children who receive our pajamas and books. On a dail...
This is the 40th Anniversary of National Volunteer Week -- a time to celebrate people doing extraordinary things through service. I have been actively...
To create lasting, positive impact in our communities, we need to challenge volunteers to become allies, creating deep understanding of systemic change needed while building relationships across socioeconomic divides and achieving results for families.
Watching my mother and grandmother taught me so much -- seeing them nurture people and animals showed me, through their actions, what mattered most. They made so many sacrifices for our family, and they set the standard. They inspired me from childhood to volunteer and advocate for those less fortunate.
Can you be a hero at 16 or even younger? Yes, and the only superpower you need is passion. As long as you have the passion and love to volunteer, you can be a hero.
The most disrespectful thing you can say to young people is, "you are the leaders of tomorrow." This creates a self-fulfilling prophecy where young people are stigmatized to believe that there is a minimum age for being capable of changing the world.
The reward for volunteering is not measured in dollars. It is measured in lives lifted up. The lives of both those who are helped and those who volunteer.
After the genocide was over, I did not return to Rwanda for 18 years, but I have always kept an eye on what was happening from afar. Once you have been part of a seismic event in a country's history, you always feel connected.
Nonprofit recruiting can be a hit-or-miss process, often producing candidates who are readily available and familiar to the current board. Rarely will the committee seek out people who have strong track records as strategists and/or competent visionaries.
National Volunteer Week provides a time for honoring volunteers and a time to reflect upon the impact of public service in this country.
The new moon of March 31, 2014 ushered in a long overdue win for the whales of the Great Southern Ocean and Sea Shepherd Conservation Society. An ex...
Pat Craddick founded ParentJobNet "PJN" 9 years ago after leaving a career in finance to raise her daughter, Christina. While volunteering at P.S. 87 Elementary School on the Upper West Side, she found frustrated, under- or unemployed parents, disconnected from the workforce.
In the middle of Chelsea in the pouring rain. And, in the middle of volunteering at a soup kitchen in Lower Manhattan, I finally understood what it meant to really feel purposeful.
Philanthropy can take on many forms. Short-term solutions can include providing a meal or offering your time at an event. Long-term solutions can involve creating systems or sustainable infrastructure, but it all matters.
It's easy for 'voluntourism' to seem like a dirty word, and there is a very fine line between a genuinely helpful and mutually beneficial experience and one that, at best, has little to no impact.