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.
Watching Today I'm heartened by the cast and crew's enthusiasm for the guide dog movement and I'm reminded that it really does take a village to breed, raise, and train every single service dog.
Upon reflection, I believe there are many reasons why business schools have not been as effective in teaching generosity over greed. One is that we rarely are placed in circumstances that cause us to change our thinking about people, problems or the cost of poverty and neglect.
You could watch the news and conclude that countering this threat from ISIS and al Qaeda is a "Muslim problem." That isn't the case however -- this is a threat that impacts the wellness of all of our communities and tests the strength of our founding principles.
Volunteerism, in a sense, is the easy way out. You merely need to open the door. After that, the act of giving takes over and can't help but leave your child in a better, brighter place.
The joy our volunteers know awaits them is motivation to keep their promise to be here. Despite the meteorologist's urging, "Severe weather warning, stay home if you can," they know that once they sit on the floor to read with the children, there's no memory of the arctic cold.
A few years back, my wife and I took a six-month trip with our two teenage children where we volunteered our way around the world. Not only was this a...
I received my Valentine's Day gift in Guatemala City from an elderly woman living in a nursing home in Guatemala City. Her name is Florencia, and the gift she gave me was a very special love at first sight!
This interweaving of people from different walks of life enhances the work we do and helps to prove that the barriers so many people with learning disabilities face in society can be overcome.
Building on the success of a winter coat drive, I took a risk by posting a sign in our company cafeteria calling for anyone who was involved with any kind of volunteer activity to attend a meeting. I expected about five people to attend and got twelve. 'Not bad', I thought, for a company of fifty.
I'll never forget my first Hands On Atlanta volunteer project nearly 20 years ago. I remember a spilled vat of applesauce and getting lost more than once.
As a Hospice volunteer, I spend every Tuesday with people who are dying. I cook their meals; hold their hands; read to them; I sing and I sit quietly. I tell them stories and I listen to theirs. I wipe their foreheads, when fever or illness makes them sweat.
Ask anyone about their study abroad experience, and they will tell you it was nothing short of amazing. But there is a secret to making it even better -- volunteering. You'll learn that service is a two-way street and you may be surprised with who receives the most at the end.
While the common conjecture may be that summer is the most important time for us here at Alex's Lemonade Stand Foundation, the beginning of the year brings with it some special inspiration as well.
I believe cross-sector collaboration is often the best way to tackle complex problems, as we can access more wisdom and power if we work across sectors. But these types of efforts can sometimes be frustrating and will fall short if not effectively led.