An organization that honors generosity is clear in its mission and encourages bold implementation. Because the stakes are high and our resources are limited, we are all too often afraid of boldness.
Must whales and dolphins be subjected to deafening noise that will cause more than 3.5 million instances of temporary and/or permanent hearing loss?
Traveling is one of life's biggest privileges. Adventures and experiences of a lifetime are ripe for the picking on all seven continents and people often ask me how they can give back while they travel. Here are some suggestions.
People from multinational corporations head off and volunteer for weeks or months in another country, leaving their work behind for others to do. Building a better world is good for business.
How can you meet locals in Hawaii? Volunteer. While in Maui I took a big turn off the tourist trail and ended up at the Waihee Coastal Dunes and We...
Over my 12 year journey growing Pajama Program and getting to know the children we serve, many of my friends and volunteers have asked, "How do you...
He lived for almost 59 years with his first heart, for nine years with the second one and for a full 15 years with his third heart. But each heart was a Big Heart and with each heart Richard ("Dick") A. Harbourt lived life to the fullest.
Just last year, according to the Corporation for National and Community Service, the rate of volunteering among older Americans reached a 10-year high...
There are a lot of inspiring women going into this field, and you can be one of them.
While most developed countries teach environmental education (like not chucking your batteries in the trash) and enforce strict regulations, there are still places out there where basic environmental protection, like regular garbage pick-ups and recycling, don't exactly jog knee-jerk reactions.
Kids are being taught at home and in their schools about the meaning of giving. Apparently, doing nice things for others makes kids smarter, happier and more successful, too.
Through my work with Citizen Schools, I've seen firsthand the dramatic impact that Citizen Teachers can have on young minds, but as a professor of management in the school of business at the University of Vermont, what I am really fascinated by is research findings showing that many employees respond positively when their employer provides opportunities to serve their communities. I've been conducting studies to understand why.
While I applaud the intentions of the voluntourists of the world, I think it is important for them to remain grounded in reality. They need to be constantly cognizant of their privileged positions to be doing development work in the first place and the limitations of both their time commitments and outsider status.
These occasions always remind me how important it is to tune into those you love and extend a loving word or kind gesture when you sense they might need it. It is equally important to spread kindness to complete strangers.
The constant whine from fleets of motorized vessels crisscrossing the global seas, sonar blasts created by military exercises, and deafening booms from air guns used in oil and gas exploration have created a frightening environment for many marine species.
The word "giving" is itself limiting. Ask people how they like to give, or give back. Mostly they'll talk about donating, sometimes volunteering, occasionally mentoring. Ask people, instead, how they find meaning by helping others, or the planet: their eyes light up and the conversation expands.