When El Salvadorian Daniel Teodoro visited San Rafael Tasajera island on a high school class project in 2007, he fell in love with its beauty and was appalled at the poverty of its 1800 residents.
One Monday per month Stacy Sakellariou, owner of Beauty Bar, opens her salon to provide complimentary services to women who are battling cancer. Sole Ryeders started this program, which is modeled after Mondays at Racine on Long Island, as a natural extension of its fundraising to advance cancer research and to support women battling cancer.
Spring break is practically upon us, and those of us that live to procrastinate still have absolutely no clue what we're going to do.
How do they regain their balance, build up their confidence, and imagine a brighter future? There are no simple answers, of course. But we do know programs that give young men and women a sense of empowerment and hope are making a real difference in lives and communities everywhere.
Today, America's kids are standing up to the tobacco industry for the 20th annual Kick Butts Day, a national day of activism sponsored by the Campaign...
The other day on my drive home I was listening KPFK to the story about education. The journalist, who is a producer on the show did a piece on the suc...
Skeptical that this schism exists? Think again. A 2014 Washington Post/Kaiser Family Foundation poll found that 55 percent had served in the military felt disconnected from civilian life. That number increased to 64 percent for those who had served in combat.
Nyasia shouldn't have to wish for warm, fuzzy boots. But she does. And every day I am reminded that there are thousands of other kids in foster care and group homes around our country that are just like her. Their wishes are so simple it can break your heart.
Workshop Houston, which has been running for more than a decade, has helped approximately 1,000 students in a neighborhood where extracurricular activities are sparse and one in four families live below the poverty line.
I remember my first summer volunteering at the age of 12 for my local YMCA summer camp. Being the youngest of three and seeing my older siblings head off to work each day as camp counselors, I was determined to get in on the action and not be left at home alone.
ecently I was thinking about a little boy named Jared who came to live at one of the group homes in Westchester. He was about 5 or 6 years old. We never know the children's back stories, nor their current situations there, except that most of them were orphaned and understandably confused when they first arrive.
There is a general distaste and fear surrounding death. It's hard for many to understand why anyone would seek out experiencing that on a regular basis.
America is a land of givers, overall donating more time and money and are more likely to help a stranger than other nations. Since giving is an inherent part of our culture, we often forget about the tax aspect of our donations.
Everyone says divorce is just 'like' a death. But, divorce isn't really 'like' a death. It is a death. A death of shared dreams. A death of your former Self. A death of 'home.'
In the dead of winter, who doesn't daydream about the upcoming spring break or summer vacation? Did you ever consider planning an "alternative break," donating your time and energy to a community needing help while having fun?
It might be officially March, but we're still in the midst of the winter doldrums. Luckily, Spring Break is right around the corner, and is the perfect cure for cabin fever.