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Does Volunteer Work Matter For College Admissions?

Ishan Puri | Posted 08.08.2016 | College
Ishan Puri

First you have to find your area of interest. Doing general volunteer work is almost never helpful for admission to the Top 100 colleges.

Ponderings in the Philippines

Jamie Silverman | Posted 03.01.2017 | Impact
Jamie Silverman

I was in the Philippines last week. Even as I write that sentence out, it seems surreal that a mere week ago, I was in that paradisiacal environment, ...

5 Ways to Be Charitable on a Budget

Nathaniel Sillin | Posted 01.06.2017 | Business
Nathaniel Sillin

Wherever you are on the income scale, there's always a way to be generous to others in need without damaging your own budget. Generally, if money is tight, give your time. And if both time and money are tight, you can get creative. Consider these steps first.

How to Help Syrian Refugees this Holiday Season

MeiMei Fox | Posted 12.16.2016 | Impact
MeiMei Fox

Kate Lincoln is a child protection lawyer in the UK who came to Leros this summer on vacation. But upon learning about the refugee crisis there, she felt called to stay and serve. She has been working with the refugees ever since.

Women and the Payback for Giving Back

Delores Morton | Posted 01.25.2015 | Impact
Delores Morton

I'm not sure why women volunteer more than men do, but I do know that most volunteers -- men and women -- say they get more from volunteering than they give. Here's a quick rundown of some of the benefits.

Why 2013 Had the Lowest Volunteer Rate in a Decade and How to Change That

Stefanie Greenberg | Posted 07.01.2014 | Impact
Stefanie Greenberg

Think about your first experience volunteering. I would wager a bet to say that either you have a personal connection with the institution and wanted to help, or someone you know asked you to get involved.

11 Ways To Use Your Skills To Do Good

Posted 03.12.2015 | OWN

By Kate Rockwood If you can whip up a tasty dinner, know your way around a spreadsheet, or play a mean guitar, you have a skill worth sharing. A...

4 Uncomfortable Moments That Turned Into Humbling Lessons

Sarah Draugelis | Posted 12.23.2013 | Good News
Sarah Draugelis

Ever have one of those uncomfortably humbling moments that knocks you in the gut? Totally blows the wind right out of you?

Kinshasa: Heart of Faith

Rosa Lia June | Posted 11.18.2013 | Impact
Rosa Lia June

In October, 2008, as part of an internship, I traveled to Kinshasa in the Democratic Republic of the Congo. An orphan I spoke to said the most important people in his life were those who helped. When I asked him who helped, he said no one.

Listen Up, Millennials! Volunteer Experience Really Does Help Get You Hired

The Huffington Post | Nader Salass | Posted 08.09.2013 | Impact

With half of college grads working jobs that don't require degrees, the unemployment rate for 20-24 year-olds hovering around 12.6 percent, and an inc...

How To Do Good On Your Next Vacation

Next Avenue | Posted 04.21.2013 | Fifty

SPECIAL FROM Next Avenue By Stephanie Oswald Nine volunteer programs to expand your cultural horizons at home and abroad Clearing debris from...

Accept Free Samples of What Might Be Your Dream Job

Maureen Anderson | Posted 06.04.2013 | Business
Maureen Anderson

You don't necessarily have to be a student to intern, and there are other ways of sampling careers. Do volunteer work. Help a friend, whose work intrigues you, on the weekends. I know people who tried on a new career just by entering a contest.

The Joys of Generativity in Midlife

Susan Krauss Whitbourne | Posted 04.08.2013 | Fifty
Susan Krauss Whitbourne

One of the key features of midlife is the opportunity to pass along the wisdom of our accumulated years onto others.

Local Youth Entrepreneurial Nonprofit Shines Optimistic Light on Giving With "Gotta Give" Campaign

Rosalind Ross | Posted 12.03.2012 | Impact
Rosalind Ross

For whatever reason, when people conspire to give we witness a tremendously uplifting display of humanity.

In True Fashion, a Youth Entrepreneurial Nonprofit, Launches "Gotta Give" Campaign

Rosalind Ross | Posted 11.11.2012 | Los Angeles
Rosalind Ross

"Gotta Give" is inspired by the idea that giving, whether a personal or societal imperative, is essential to the betterment of society and the enrichment of humanity.

Curtis M. Wong

Encouraging Youth To Take Humanitarian Action In Their Communities | Curtis M. Wong | Posted 11.01.2011 | Impact

Christopher Yao's resume reads like that of any established humanitarian nonprofit official. He's organized local fundraisers, helped found educationa...

Teenagers Are Making Social Change A Social Effort

Priyanka Jain | Posted 08.01.2011 | Impact
Priyanka Jain

Sadly, giving back has been deemed a 'chore' that many students are forced to do and trained to resent. I have made it a personal goal to change this.

PHOTOS: How To Sustain A Pro Bono Design Practice

An Xiao Mina | Posted 07.10.2011 | Arts
An Xiao Mina

In the two years since Matthew Manos founded A Very Nice Design Studio, the firm has worked for clients as diverse as a Canadian high school and the UN. About 3/4 of their work is pro-bono.

Global Activism Expo: Volunteer Around Chicago

| Erin Chan Ding | Posted 06.30.2011 | Chicago

Those headed to the UIC Forum on Saturday will not be drawn to the expo there for food or music but out of hearts seeking to serve others. The free, s...

Jobless Volunteer Makes Time For Those Needier Than Her

Posted 05.25.2011 | Impact

Annette Arca always wanted to help others through volunteering, but didn't have much free time. She was too busy juggling motherhood with a full-time ...

Looking To Volunteer? Find A Service Event Near You!

USA Service | Posted 11.17.2011 | Healthy Living

Communities and non-profits across the country are gearing up for what will undoubtedly be a record number of volunteers on this upcoming Martin Luthe...

The Greatest Christmas Gift

John W. Whitehead | Posted 11.17.2011 | Healthy Living
John W. Whitehead

If there is any lesson for this time of the year, it is sharing with those in need and showing compassion to our fellow human beings.